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How to cope with Condensation
and Mould Growth in your home

Condensation and Mould Growth
                                                                   Condensation and Mould Growth

Condensation and Mould Growth                  How do I know if its
Condensation can cause dampness in your        condensation?
home. This can lead to patches of mould        Other kinds of dampness are often
on walls and on clothes and furnishing. The    confused with condensation. Rain
advice in this leaflet can help solve the      penetration, leaks from your plumbing
problem.                                       system and central heating, or rising damp
                                               often leave a stained line.
Why do I get condensation?
                                               Condensation will often be found in the
Warm air can hold more water vapour than
                                               following places:
cold air. When moist, warm air meets a
                                                 on walls that are in the shade;
colder surface (eg a window, mirror or wall)
the water vapour cools. It then appears as       on walls that face North;
drops of water. This is condensation.            in the outer corners of rooms;
So the warmer you keep your home, the            in unventilated cupboards;
less likely you are to get condensation.         under worktops;
                                                 near cold water pipes;
When does condensation
                                                 and in places where there is little or no
become a problem?
                                                 air movement.
All homes suffer condensation at
sometime. This is usually when large           It is worth checking all pipes for leaks.
amounts of steam and moisture are being        Check under the sink. Check overflows
produced. This can happen when you             from cisterns and tanks. Check behind the
prepare a meal, when you have a bath or        w.c and radiator connections. Have a good
shower, or when you wash and dry your          look outside for missing roof tiles, leaking
clothes.                                       gutter joints and loose fitted rainwater
                                               down pipes.
It is quite normal to find windows misted
over in the mornings. This often happens
after a cold night. However, if your home
always has condensation, the following
advice will help.
Condensation and Mould Growth

What can I do about it?                         Ventilation
You can reduce condensation by keeping          You need adequate ventilation in your
your home warm. In the coldest weather          home to stop condensation from forming.
do not let the temperature of the home          Draughts are unwelcome, but some
drop away. Maintain a background heat.          ventilation is essential. Try to remember the
Once dwellings get very cold, they can take     following:
a long time to warm up. This can be costly.
                                                •   Even in winter, when the glass is misted
The following tips can help keep costs              over, open the window a little until it is
down:                                               cleared. Don’t let it build up;
•   Ensure that your heating system or          •   Try to ensure that draught stripping to
    appliances are regularly checked, and           doors and windows allows a small
    serviced. This ensures that they are            amount of air to get through;
    working efficiently;                        •   Make sure window ventilators are
•   Check that you have adequate                    opened when you are asleep at night;
    insulation in place. This is very           •   Ventilate kitchens and bathrooms when
    important in your roof space;                   in use;
•   If you are struggle to afford adequate      •   If you are removing a fireplace do not
    heating, your fuel supplier, gas board or       block off the flue. Allow some
    electricity board may be able to help.          ventilation by fitting an air vent (don’t
    They can provide saving stamps or               forget, you will need permission from
    tokens, or budget schemes. These can            your housing office for this);
    help spread the cost of fuel;
                                                •   Do not use paraffin or bottled gas
•   Ensure you are getting any assistance or        heaters in unventilated rooms. You will
    benefits that may be due to you. Your           need to provide extra ventilation if you
    area housing office will be pleased to          use one. These flue-less heaters can
    advise.                                         produce equal amounts of water to fuel
                                                                    Condensation and Mould Growth

AND REMEMBER                                     Mould Growth
                                                 Mould growth usually appears because of
You can control condensation by following
                                                 condensation and lack of ventilation.
these basic steps...
                                                 Mould growth can be removed by washing
Drying clothes                                   down the affected areas with a fungicidal
When drying clothes indoors, you should          solution. You can buy these at your local
open windows. This increases air                 D.I.Y store. You can also buy special paints
circulation. If you are using a tumble dryer     that help to prevent mould from re-
that has no vent to the outside, then            appearing. It is important, with any
additional ventilation is essential.             specialist product, to follow the
Doors                                            manufacturers instructions.
Keep kitchen, utility room, bathroom and
shower room doors shut when in use and
make sure there is plenty of ventilation.
Otherwise moist air will spread throughout
your home.
Extractor fans
If you have an extractor fan fitted, use it as
soon as you start cooking, washing clothes
or bathing. Use it when windows start to
get steamed up.
Kettles and Pans
Don’t boil kettles and pans for longer than
Cupboards and Wardrobes
Try not to overfill cupboards and
wardrobes. Allowing air space between
stored items and at the back of shelves. Fit
ventilators to doors. Allow air circulation
space at the back of free-standing
Condensation and Mould Growth

If in Doubt Seek Assistance                   Insurance
During office hours at your local office or   It is your responsibility and not the
the repairs service 0800 035 4466             Council’s to insure the contents of your
                                              home. House contents insurance policies
MK North Local Office
                                              cover you against loss or damage to
Civic Offices, 1 Saxon Gate East,
                                              furniture, household goods, clothing and
Central Milton Keynes MK9 3EJ
                                              personal effects etc from a variety of risks
01908 691691
                                              including fire, theft and water damage.
                                              The Council strongly urges you to obtain
MK East Local Office
                                              proper cover immediately if you do not
Farthing Grove, Netherfield, MK6 4JH
                                              have it already. The council offfers a policy
01908 670626
                                              designed especially for Council tenants.
                                              Contact your local housing office for more
MK South Local Office                         details.
114 Serpentine Court, Bletchley, MK2 3QL
                                              You do not need to insure the structure of
01908 374312
                                              your home. This is the responsibility of the
MK West Local Office
200-204 Whaddon Way, Bletchley, MK3 7DG
01908 252937
Condensation and Mould Growth
                Milton Keynes Council
                Repairs Service Centre
                Unit 3
                Avant Business Centre
                Denbigh West Industrial Estate
                Milton Keynes
                MK1 1DL

                Further Information
                T 0800 035 4466

0800 035 4466
                                      M90020 February 2009

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