It’s Damp…….It’s Condensation

31 08 2012

To follow on from last weeks blog, just a reminder that condensation is the cause of a high level of maintenance call outs where the tenants are reporting issues with damp at the property. Condensation is a tenant’s responsibility and therefore any repairs/works needed to rectify any issues would be at tenant’s expense or possibly claimed from deposit.

The best way is to avoid condensation build up by reducing the amount of moisture following these very simple steps:

  •  When cooking:- don’t boil kettles or pans for longer than necessary and make sure you put lids onto saucepans.
  • Close the kitchen door to prevent steam from escaping into the rest of the house.
  • Open a window or use an extractor fan. Leave the window open or the fan on for 15 minutes after you’ve finished cooking.
  • Wipe away any condensation that forms on your windows or other surfaces. This helps to prevent the growth of mould.
  • Avoid drying clothes indoors. If this is not possible then dry the washing in the bathroom. Ventilate the room by leaving a window open and keep the door closed to prevent moisture escaping into the rest of the house.

Improve the ventilation in your home. 

  • Don’t overfill cupboards or wardrobes, and don’t push furniture right up against the wall, leave enough room for air to circulate.
  • Make sure that you DON’T block or cover any air vents or air bricks.
  • Open a window or use an extractor fan when cooking or taking a bath.
  • Open the interior doors of your home from time to time to allow dry air to circulate (but remember to shut kitchen and bathroom doors when cooking or bathing).
  • Keep a small window open slightly in the rooms that you’re using. If your windows are fitted with trickle vents, check these are open. A trickle vent is an opening in a window frame that provides a small amount of ventilation.

Keep your home well heated. 

  • Condensation is less likely to develop in a warm home. In cold weather, set your thermostat to provide a low background heat throughout the day, even if you’re not at home. This will warm up the whole building and not just the air inside the rooms. It means there will be less chance of warm, wet air coming into contact with cold walls and surfaces and causing condensation.
  • Good insulation and draught-proofing will cut your fuel bills and help to warm the temperature inside your home and the surface temperature of external walls.

Remember the only way to prevent condensation and the build up of mould is to follow all the above essential steps. If you would like any further advise then please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Tel: 01782 478 444          Email: stoke-on-trent@belvoirlettings.com

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One response

31 08 2012
Abf

Hi – just to clarify

In response to your attached new post .

Condensation is caused by the tenant but improvement is down to the landlord as if mould forms it is a health hazard .

It is mainly down to improvements to properties that have not allowed for excessive humidity moisture displacement .

Improved moisture ventilation is always required

Dampuk.net building services

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