Condensation, damp and mould

If you have damp and mould in your home it's important to understand what causes it and the steps you can take to prevent it.

Watch this short video to see our top tips.

When warm, wet air settles on a cold surface water droplets are formed. These water droplets are called condensation. You create condensation in your home by cooking, bathing, drying clothes and even breathing.

Condensation and mould are linked, if you do not wipe away condensation it may lead to mould growth.

When moisture collects in an area and does not dry out properly this can lead to damp.

Moisture can be caused through everyday activities like cooking, bathing, drying clothes and even breathing. Moisture can also enter your home from outside, for example from a leak or broken/blocked guttering. 

If the moisture has no way to get out of your home it can lead to damp and mould. 

Mould is a fungus. A simple plant that will grow wherever there is moisture. Mould can appear as black pin pricks on walls, ceilings and furnishings and usually has a musty smell.

Can damp and mould affect me?

“Yes, if you have damp and mould in your home you’re more likely to have respiratory problems, respiratory infections, allergies or asthma. Damp and mould can also affect the immune system.” – NHS.

For more on this, please click here to visit the NHS website.

If you notice damp and mould in your home it's very important to treat it as early as possible before the issue gets worse. It can spread quickly if left untreated.

Severe damp and mould can give your home a musty odour, can be unpleasant to look at and is harder to get rid of.

How can I prevent mould?

  • Ventilate your home - To prevent moisture from spreading throughout your house, close doors when you’re cooking, having a bath or sleeping. Use extractor fans and open windows (even if they're just slightly open).
  • Wipe away condensation - This can be on windows and sills, surfaces in your kitchen and your bathroom. This will stop mould from growing.
  • Don't dry clothes on radiators – This releases a lot of moisture into the air. Instead use a drying rack next to an open window.

How can I get rid of mould?

If you have mould in your home, it’s quick and easy to get rid of it but it has to be done properly to keep your home safe and to stop it from coming back. Get yourself a mould remover kit (other options are available) and follow the simple instructions.

For more information, take a look at our helpful leaflet here.

I'm still having issues with damp and mould.

Click here to get in touch with us if you're still having problems with damp and mould after you've tried the tips above.