condensation and damp | believe housing

Tuesday, 27 July

coronavirus update

The latest changes in coronavirus restrictions have created new challenges for our repairs service, with more than 10% of our frontline staff being asked to isolate.

We’ve made some temporary changes to services and from Tuesday, 20 July, we will only be handling essential repairs requests until further notice.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

These changes will be reviewed weekly and a full repairs service will be resumed as soon as possible.

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condensation and damp

Condensation is by far the most common cause of dampness in buildings and affects both old and new buildings. It usually leaves a musty smell and mould growth or spores.

A lot of moisture is produced in the air whenever you cook, run a bath/shower or dry clothes in your home. When this moisture meets a cold surface it turns into droplets of water called condensation and, if left, will develop into mould.

This usually happens on cold, outside surfaces and walls and in areas where the air does not flow well. It can damage clothes and furnishings. You can reduce the problem by:

  • Wiping moisture away whenever you see it
  • Keeping a window open if you need to dry clothes indoors
  • Only using a tumble dryer with good airflow
  • Keeping all the rooms in your property warm – even by keeping your heating on a low setting you can reduce the amount of moisture in the air
  • Letting air into a room by opening a window or a door
  • Making sure ventilation grills in doors, windows or walls are not locked
  • Not using bottled gas heaters.

If mould does form within your home wipe it off immediately using water, then apply a special solution available from most DIY stores.

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