Damp & Mould

Written on 24th November 2016

Damp & Mould

Condensation appears when moisture in the air comes into contact with a cold surface, such as a window or a cold wall. Mould can grow on walls and window frames. 

Some problems that cause condensation are your landlord's responsibility to fix, but there may also be things you can do to help. The way you heat and use your home can cause problems with condensation and mould or make them worse.

  • Mould can make people ill
  • People living with damp and mould are more likely to be anxious or depressed
  • Dampness is bad for the home too and it will need more repairs and decorating

You are unlikely to prevent condensation completely, but you can make some small changes to reduce the amount of moisture in your home, which will help reduce the risk of mould.


Heat your home


  • Warm homes are less likely to be damp
  • Set the temperature to low in any unused rooms


Reduce the amount of moisture in your home


  • Cover plans when cooking
  • Dry your washing outside, or in winter months put it in the bathroom (keeping the door closed and window open, or the extractor fan on)
  • When you run, a bath put the cold water in first


Ventilate – Let the moisture out, and the fresh air in!


  • After a shower/bath keep the door shut for at least 20 minutes
  • If you have an extractor fan, use it! Close the door to allow it to work properly
  • When you cook, keep the kitchen door shut
  • Where fitted, keep trickle vents (bar at the top of windows) open
  • Everyday open windows slightly for 20 minutes


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