Many of the reports of mould growth and 'damp' that the Council receives from tenants are actually caused by household condensation.
When moisture in the air comes into contact with a cold surface like a window or a wall it condenses into water droplets. If excess condensation isn't dealt with it can lead to mould growing on walls, furniture and even on your clothes. This can be harmful to the health of you and your family.
Mould growth is typically located in bathrooms, kitchens, bedrooms, or hallways, where condensation can build up. The most common causes of a build-up of household condensation are:
- A lack of appropriate ventilation, for example never opening windows or your window trickle vents.
- Room(s) not being used or heated, or uneven heat throughout your property. If you can, leave the heating on low in rooms that are not being used.
- Washing being dried indoors without adequate ventilation.
- Unvented tumble driers.
- Furniture being placed up against external walls with no space around it for air to circulate.
Please watch this video for more information on what you can do to ensure condensation doesn't become a problem for you. There are some simple steps you can take to minimise condensation in your home:
This helpful leaflet (PDF) [628KB] is also available with lots of useful advice. A copy of the leaflet is available from your local housing office if you would like one.
If you have an issue with mould growth, or require further advice of information about reducing household condensation, please call 01738 476000 (option 2) or use our general enquiry form.
We can provide a range of practical help and support to prevent mould growth, deal with any mould that may have grown, and give you general advice and help.
If you need advice on the energy efficiency of your home that may help to prevent mould growth, Scarf offers free and impartial advice to local authority tenants.