Condensation & Mould

It is a tenant’s responsibility to take reasonable steps to deal with condensation and ensure that the property is being heated and ventilated throughout. Condensation will not usually occur in areas that are both well ventilated and warm. In cold weather, people are understandably reluctant to open windows and let heat escape, but some level of effective ventilation must be maintained. Property must also be heated in order to help keep condensation levels at a minimum. Wipe and remove any condensation regularly, especially around windows to avoid a mould build up.

    • Always use extractor fans and open any windows in bathrooms and kitchens whilst carrying out any cooking, washing or drying activities. Leave fans on and windows open until the visible steam has left the air.
    • Always places lids on saucepans during cooking and turn the heat down as required.
    • If you are unable to dry washing outside or in a properly ventilated dryer, choose a room that can be heated and ventilated safely and shut it off from the rest of the home.
    • Never dry clothes over doors or on radiators.
    • Keep furniture away from walls where possible.
    • Keep a small window ajar and any window trickle vents (small vent at the top of the double glazed units) open.

Keep any room vents open.

  • Open blinds or curtains during the day – even double glazed PVC sweats
  • Ensure the heating system is left on timer, especially over winter, even if the property is unoccupied. This will also avoid burst pipes.

To remove mould that is already showing, the wall must be cleaned down with an anti-fungicidal wash, ensuring that a clean cloth is used once for each area to avoid spreading spores. Do not attempt to wipe the wall with warm or cold water or again this will spread the problem.

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