Condensation

Taken from a magazine…

Condensation can cause landlords and tenants numerous problems over the winter months, and if left unresolved, it can really burn a hole in your pocket. Aside from all the hassle, possible redecorating and initial costs spent on trying to find a solution – not to mention the time it can take – condensation could lead to insurance cleans, a visit from the environmental health and, potentially, the loss of tenants.

The first signs of condensation are usually steaming windows, walls and even doors – and it does not end there! Over time this will affect the decor of the property, wallpaper may start to peel, mould (usually black) will appear on the window frames, walls and ceilings. In time, the mould will migrate to sodt furnishings, fabrics, bedding and clothes hung up in wardrobes. The main source for excess condensation in a property is simply – poor or inadequate ventilation.

Today, modern homes have been subject to various energy having measures with improvements such as double glazing and lost and cavity wall insulation. whilst helping to prohibit heat loss these improvements effectively “seal up” the home, preventing the natural flow of air within the property. High occupancy levels along with the daily routine of cooking, bathing, washing etc, also add to the problem. Good ventilation is vital for both the fabric of the building and the health of the occupants.

Top tips to help minimise condensation

It’s a tricky one but to advise your tenants to keep the inside temperature reasonably constant for as much of the time as possible. The following tips should also reduce condensation:

– Clothes should not be dried over the radiator, where possible avoid drying clothes indoors. However, for a lot of people there is no alternative to this, especially in winter.

– Place clothes on a drying airer or rack in a well ventilated room with the door shut.