Damp and Condensation Solutions for your Home this Winter
As the nights get longer and the days get colder, damp and condensation become a bigger problem to our properties. Damp, mould, dry and wet rot growth caused by condensation is a lot more common in winter because of the increase of warm moist air inside of your home. The air comes into contact with cold surfaces, such as windows or walls, and creates condensation. As areas stay damp, particularly in poorly ventilated areas, the condensation will not dry and then mould will grow.
Condensation is a common cause of damp, also leading to damage such as paint and plaster damage and rotting window frames. Mould that is formed due to a damp environment produces allergens, irritants and toxic substances into your home. This can trigger allergic reactions, as well as causing respiratory problems. This is particularly dangerous for at risk groups, such as children, babies, elderly people, people with asthma, and people with allergies. This is why it is essential to have damp and condensation solutions to help your home this winter, the most detrimental time of year for mould. Keep reading for our top tips on how to prevent this happening in your home this winter.
Reducing Condensation and Damp
There are a few simple steps that can help you minimise the amount of condensation and damp you have in your home. Although these changes may seem small, they can make a large difference, helping protect your health and save money overall.
The most common area for condensation to cause damp is in places that are badly ventilated. If you’re looking for damp and condensation solutions, consider allowing air to circulate in areas where air is usually stagnant. For example, open cupboard doors and drawers to allow them to air, as well as leaving a gap between furniture and walls to avoid air getting trapped.
To avoid excess moisture creating condensation when hitting cold surfaces, reduce the amount of moisture in your home. To do this all you need to do is change little steps in your daily routine that will make a world of a difference to the amount of moisture in the air. In the Kitchen, use a lid on your pans when you cook, have an extractor fan in your kitchen and try keeping the window open as much as possible, especially when cooking.
The bathroom is also an area where a lot of excess moisture can build up. When having a bath or shower, make sure the room is well ventilated, allowing air to escape through the window or a vent. To avoid the excess moisture travelling from the bathroom to another room in the house, keep the bathroom door closed so he air has to exit through the window or vent.
Dry Clothes Outdoors
When winter hits is gets harder to use the sunny weather to dry your clothes outside. This means you use radiators and tumble dryers instead, which can cause excessive moisture in your home leading to condensation. Although it can be tricky, try and hang your washing outside as often as you can. If you do opt for a tumble dryer, make sure it is vented outside so the moisture doesn’t get trapped in your home.
You can avoid damp entering your home by making sure it is insulated properly and has an effective damp-proof course. Check that if there are any cracks and gaps in your property that they are sealed, and repair any damage to your roof and gutters as soon as possible. Better insulation also means your home will be warmer, meaning you are less likely to use your heating which can also cause excess moisture.
Damp and Condensation Solutions with Allerton Damp Proofing
There are several damp and condensation solutions for you to consider this winter that will help protect your home. Although they may seem like small changes to make, it can really help to protect your home from condensation and damp. If you’re looking for expert damp-proofers, get in touch with us today! We are more than happy to help give you an effective damp-proofing course, and resolve any current damp issues you may have.