Condensation – reduce your risk

by The Gateshead Housing Company & filed under Help in your home - repairs to your home, Improving homes, Improving homes - investing in your home.

If your home is damp or you find patches of mould on walls, furnishings or clothes, condensation may be the cause.

Condensation is caused when water vapour cools and makes contact with a cold surface, such as a mirror, window or wall. Wet windows and walls caused by cooking, bathing and drying clothes indoors could create mould, damp or damage to your furnishings.

The warmer you keep your home the less likely condensation will occur. In Britain, condensation in houses is mainly a winter problem, particularly where warm moist air is generated in living areas and then penetrates to the colder parts of the building.

Reduce condensation with these simple tips:

  • Leave some background heating on during the day in cold weather. Around 15°C or 62°F should help
  • Don’t block your radiators or heaters with furniture when they’re on
  • Keep your fixed vents clear
  • Open your windows and vents slightly
  • Close your kitchen and bathroom doors when cooking, washing or bathing
  • Put lids on pans when you are cooking
  • Hang your washing on a clothes horse or rail instead of directly on radiators
  • Put cold water in your bath first to reduce the amount of steam.

Download our free “Be winter ready” guide, packed with helpful information to get you through the winter months. A paper copy of the guide is also available from housing offices.

Report damp and mould using our online form.

Dampness and mould guide (PDF)