Condensation and mould can be caused by several factors, including:
- Drying clothes indoors on a cold day
- A lack of ventilation when cooking or bathing
- Not using your central heating
The best way to stop condensation and mould from forming in your home is by reducing the moisture that you generate.
There are lots of ways to do this:
- Keep all vents and window trickle vents open and clear
- Open windows when you can
- Ideally do not position items of furniture onto external walls.
Reduce cold spots and keep your home warm
- Make sure all your rooms have suitable heating
- When it is cold it is better to leave the heating on low constant heat all day rather than putting it on for short bursts
- Do not warm unheated rooms by leaving doors open to a heated room, as this will cause warm damp air to enter the room and condense on cold surfaces.
Reduce moisture in the air
- Dry clothes outdoors or in a room with a window open and the door closed
- If you use a tumble drier make sure it is vented to outside
- When cooking or using the shower, use the boost function on your extractor fan and open the window when you have finished.
Treating condensation and mould
- Wipe down the area that has condensation to dry it
- Remove and kill mould by wiping it down with a fungicidal wash
- When you redecorate, use silk paint rather than matt. Avoid using wallpaper on problem walls as you cannot treat mould behind wallpaper.
The damp and mould checklist
If you’re concerned about damp or mould in your home, you should take our damp and mould questionnaire to find out what you should do
If you answered mostly A to the checklist
There could be rising or penetrating damp in your home that we need to investigate. Using My Silva, you can arrange for a Silva colleague to visit your property for an inspection.
If you answered mostly B to the checklist
The damp is probably caused by condensation. This means you should try preventing and treating the mould following the steps above. If you are still concerned about the problem even after taking those steps, please contact us.
If you answered mostly C to the checklist
This is a problem with condensation and mould, rather than a defect in the property. This means you should try preventing and treating the mould following the steps above.