The effects of condensation can be controlled in many ways such as improving ventilation and maintaining adequate levels of heating.
Advice for tenants
1. Reducing the amount of water you produce
- Always cook with pan lids on.
- Keep kitchen and bathroom doors closed whilst in use.
- If you use a tumble dryer make sure it is vented to the outside or that it is of the condensing type. Do not use un-vented dryers inside your home.
- Do not dry clothes on radiators. Where possible hang washing outside to dry or within designated drying areas. If you have to dry clothes inside use an airer positioned in the bathroom with the door closed, fan or window slightly open.
2. Improving ventilation
- Keep window trickle vents open at all times where fitted.
- Ensure extractor fans where fitted are switched on at all times. Avoid opening windows and using fans at the same time as this will reduce the effectiveness of the fan. If you do not have fans, ventilate your kitchen or bathroom after use by opening windows slightly for around 20 minutes.
Note: On average based on manufacturers information, the yearly running cost for an extractor fan fitted by LCC within the bathroom is £2.50 and £5 within the kitchen.
3. Maintaining adequate levels of heating
Maintain adequate levels of heat during the colder months. Lower temperatures over longer time periods and where possible avoid using bottled gas heaters.
4. Tackling mould growth yourself
- Wipe down moisture on surfaces as it appears to prevent mould forming.
- Apply a fungicidal wash to mould affected areas on a regular basis to prevent wide spread growth. Such products are often available at local supermarkets and DIY stores. Ensure application instructions are followed for correct and safe use.
Note: Should you wish to redecorate after treatment use a good quality fungicidal paint or fungicidal resistant wallpaper paste to help prevent mould recurring. The effectiveness of fungicidal or anti condensation paint is destroyed if covered with ordinary paint or wallpaper.
- Dry-clean mildewed cloths and shampoo carpets. Do not try to remove mould by using a brush or vacuum cleaner.
- To reduce the risk of mildew on clothes and other stored items allow air to circulate round them by not overfilling wardrobes and cupboards.
- Keep a small gap between large pieces of furniture and the walls and where possible place wardrobes and furniture against internal walls.