It is starting to feel like Autumn outside, and as the weather gets cooler you may become aware of more condensation in your rental property.
Condensation occurs where moist air comes into contact with air or a surface, which is at a lower temperature. It can form on any surface, and may not be noticed until mould growth or even rotting of material occurs-so it is important that the issue is sorted out swiftly.
Here, we take a look at how landlords can deal with condensation. For detailed guidance on dealing with both condensation and damp, sign up to our half day Condensation and Dampness course in November, now 25% off.
How to deal with condensation
Both landlords and tenants have a role to play when it comes to reducing the occurrence of condensation in a property.
1. Produce Less Moisture
Some normal daily activities produce a lot of moist air very quickly. To minimise the amount of moist air, which leads to the formation of condensation, you need to: • If you have a tumble dryer put the outlet pipe through an outside wall, not out of a window as this may allow the moisture to return to the inside of the house.
2. Ventilate to Remove Moisture to the Outside
Your home can be ventilated without creating draughts by: • Installing an extractor fan, they only consume 1/5 the power of a 100watt bulbs. • If you are replacing windows, ensure they have trickle ventilators. • Do not block permanent ventilators or airbricks installed for heating or heating appliances. (This could lead to a dangerous build up of carbon monoxide which can be fatal).
3. Insulate, Draught-proof and Heat your Home Condensation forms more easily on cold surfaces, for example walls and ceilings. These surfaces can be made much warmer by improving insulation and draught-proofing. (This will also help keep the whole house warmer and reduce heating costs). A warmer house means less condensation.
• Insulate your loft, but don’t block the openings under the eaves.
• Get rid of mould and condensation, then draught-proof windows and doors.
• Don’t draught-proof bathrooms, kitchens or rooms where a gas burning appliance or solid fuel is installed. These appliances need a constant source of fresh air to ensure proper and safe combustion.
• See what energy efficiency measures are available to you. Generally, your gas and electricity supply company will provide free help and advice. H
For more information about condensation and dampness, check out our factsheet here, and you can also watch this video. Don’t forget, RLA members are entitled to a free Tradepoint discount card, entitling them to discounts on a range of products at B & Q.