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Is condensation a problem in your property?

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We receive more complaints about condensation from tenants than any other issue and the cause is often found to be related to the occupant’s ‘lifestyle’ than any fault with the property itself.

Modern lives mean that people are out at work all day and very reluctant to leave windows open or heating on, particularly in rooms they do not use. Before they go to work and upon their return they have showers, boil water and cook meals, all leading to a build-up of moist air which has nowhere to go. Then, just to make things worse they often have no external clothes drying facilities, so damp washing is left over or around radiators.

It is difficult to be critical because we are all guilty of at least some of the above actions, at some time and tenants often have little choice in the matter, particularly if they live in a ground floor flat. Good house-keeping measures should always be recommended and these include:

  • Open windows and keep the property ventilated to allow air to circulate
  • Open kitchen windows when cooking, keep lids on saucepans and use a cooker hood fan if you have one
  • Do not dry clothes indoors (if unavoidable use a clothes airer by an open south-facing window)
  • Do not use mobile LPG gas heaters
  • Open bathroom windows when taking a bath or shower and leave open until steam and moisture disperses. Use an extractor fan if available
  • Open bedroom windows overnight and/or in the morning
  • Wipe water from windows and window sills in the morning
  • Use trickle vents on windows if available.
  • Provide background heating at all times and find a balance between a good level of heating, ventilation and insulation
  • If black mould should occur due to condensation (particularly likely in bathrooms and bedrooms) then treat by washing down with a fungicidal wash, or warm water and tea tree oil. Please follow manufacturer’s instructions

If all else fails, specialist help is available as we have had considerable success with installing condensation-control units which automatically circulate fresh air throughout the property as well as extracting moist air. Various systems and options are available for different circumstances.

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If we can help you in any way, then please contact Harcourts on 02380 637438, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or check our website at www.harcourts-property.co.uk for initial free advice. Our experience in the property market means that we can provide practical advice and a service which means your property is in safe hands.

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