As the weather turns cooler, you may experience condensation forming on some outside walls and windows. This is simply moisture in the atmosphere that has been unable to escape your property and has condensed to form water droplets on the colder surfaces with least airflow. This can, in turn, form into dark coloured mould.
The moisture in the atmosphere comes from various sources. Whilst you are asleep, about 3-4 litres of moisture comes from your breath. Showering, boiling water and drying wet washing indoors are also big sources of atmospheric moisture in the home.
There are measures you can take to avoid the build up of condensation, but the best way is to achieve a balance of heating and ventilation. It is essential to have the central heating on in the morning for at least two hours – From around 7.30-9.30 am (this is particularly essential in bathrooms.) This will obviously provide warmth to cold areas and increase airflow. You should also set the heating to come on for around 3-5 hours in the afternoon / evening.
Please inform us if any radiators are not getting hot, or if the boiler stops working.
It is strongly advised to ventilate your rooms by opening the window slightly in the morning to allow moisture to escape.
If you find that any mould has formed, please contact us and a member of staff will treat the area with an anti-bacterial mould solution.
Any bedrooms that are not adequately heated and ventilated may experience a phenomenon whereby the moisture and mould can form on shoes / handbags / coats and furnishings etc
It is a misconception that the formation of condensation and mould is the fault of the landlord or the house – it is not! Follow the simple measures suggested above, and it should not occur.