Dealing with Condensation

Dealing with Condensation

Condensation is the most common kind of damp and is caused by moist air condensing on cold surfaces such as glass. It's mainly a winter problem, as at this time of year walls etc are much colder than the air inside your property. Condensation can be made worse by poor ventilation, and not heating the property to an adequate temperature.



You may notice water droplets on windows or walls, peeling wallpaper, see dark mould appearing and/or notice an unpleasant smell. If left untreated, condensation can damage paint and plaster in your property and cause respiratory problems.


How to reduce condensation in your Home

One of the best ways is to make sure you heat your property to recommended levels, 21 degrees centigrade in habitable rooms and eighteen degrees in other rooms, and you also remove the condensation from your windows, and open your windows or use extract fans to ventilate your property.


Top Tips

Controlling excess moisture:


Close Kitchen and bathroom doors when cooking or bathing to prevent steam going into colder rooms, use the fans if fitted or open a window. Leave the window open or fan on for up to 20 minutes afterwards.

Wipe down surfaces when moisture settles to prevent mould forming. When decorating the Bathrooms and Kitchen use paints suitable for these areas to prevent damage to walls.

Do not block air vents and allow air to circulate around furniture and cupboards. Move furniture a few inches from the wall

Leave open any trickle vents in your window frames if fitted.

Dry Clothes outdoors whenever possible

Cover pans when cooking

If you have a tumble dryer or washing machine ensure that it is vented in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions

If mould develops:

Do not disturb mould by brushing or vacuuming

Treat any mould you may already have  with a fungicidal wash. These are readily available and ensure you choose a product which carries a Health & Safety Executive ‘approval number’. Always follow the instructions and don’t use bleach. Then do what you can to reduce condensation. This will restrict new mould growth.

Dry-Clean clothes affected by mildew and shampoo carpets.

After treatment, redecorate using a good quality fungicidal paint to prevent mould recurring. This paint is not effective if overlaid with ordinary paints or wallpaper.

Extractor Fans

If you wish to install an extractor fan at your leasehold property, permission will need to be granted by South Essex Homes first.  Please write to the address below and include a plan of the proposed location:

South Essex Homes, PO Box 5817, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 9EL.

If you own a flat in one of the Tower blocks please be aware that you cannot connect electrical extractor fans to the chimney flues.  If you have issues with condensation we also recommend using a dehumidifier.

Still Having Problems?

Give us a call on 0800 833 160, where a member of our customer contact centre can discuss further options available including a damp inspection at the property. 


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An example of condensation causing dark mould.