This is more common in older properties but can appear in any property if you don’t handle it properly. It is all to do with the amount of moisture in the air and heat and ventilation in your property. Sometimes damp is due to a structural issue with the building which needs resolving by a professional, but most often, the condensation is caused by how you live, and there is a lot you can do to help manage the issue.
Mould and condensation tend to appear more in the colder winter months, but this also coincides with people closing all their windows and doors. Try to open the windows a small amount each day where possible, especially in rooms of high moisture risk (bathrooms and kitchens) where steam is created.
In the colder months, try to keep the room temperature as constant as possible, by leaving the heating on a constant setting to help dry out any moisture that may be in the air. Having your heating on low constantly (at 17 degrees) can also save you money, versus putting the heating on high in short bursts twice a day. If you let a property get very cold in between, it will take longer for the room to get back up to temperature and uses more energy.
Sometimes mould and mildew can occur on walls or window-sills, or ceilings. Do not let this develop and continue. Clean it away, with mould removal solutions if necessary (always read the label to avoid damaging the area further). Leaving mould can lead to a stain that would need painting over to remove – a much more costly repair.
So many things can create added moisture in the air, and if you’re not taking action to combat this, then condensation and mould can occur and damage the property. Drying clothes indoors, cooking, showering, even breathing releases additional moisture into the air!
Condensation and mould build up is the tenant’s responsibility to maintain, so if you are struggling make sure you speak to the office as soon as possible, as any damage to the property deemed to have been caused by this could be claimed against you.
For further advice on how to combat the moisture in your property, contact the office as we have several leaflets with more information on avoiding condensation and mould in your home.
For any urgent maintenance issues make sure you contact the office as quickly as possible so no further damage is caused by a delay.