Conquering condensation, mould, and damp

More importantly than aesthetics, condensation, mould and damp can affect your health and property. With 15 years experience in the Aberdeen city and shire letting market, we share our top tips to keep your home dry and healthy.

Understanding the culprits – condensation, mould, and damp

  • Condensation: Condensation occurs when warm, moist air comes into contact with a cooler surface, leading to the conversion of water vapour into droplets. Common areas where condensation forms include windows, mirrors, and cold walls.
  • Mould: Mould thrives in damp and humid conditions. It often appears as dark spots on walls, ceilings, and other surfaces. Besides being unsightly, mould can cause respiratory issues and allergies.
  • Damp: Dampness refers to the presence of unwanted moisture in a building. There are three primary types of damp: rising damp, penetrating damp, and condensation damp.

The consequences – why it matters

  • Health implications: Damp environments provide a breeding ground for mould and dust mites, triggering respiratory problems and aggravating allergies, especially in individuals with asthma or other respiratory conditions.
  • Property Damage: Beyond health concerns, unchecked condensation and dampness can lead to structural damage. This includes compromised paint and plaster, degraded timber, and even damage to possessions.

Solutions – how to banish condensation, mould and damp

  • Ventilation: Ensure proper ventilation in your home. Use extractor fans in kitchens and bathrooms, open windows regularly, and consider installing a ventilation system to keep air circulating.
  • Heating: Maintain a consistent temperature in your home. Keep it adequately heated, even when unoccupied, to reduce the likelihood of condensation.
  • Insulation: Proper insulation is key to preventing condensation. Ensure your home is adequately insulated, especially in areas prone to moisture build-up.
  • Addressing leaks: Promptly address any leaks, whether from the roof, plumbing, or windows. Water ingress is a significant contributor to dampness.
  • Dehumidifiers: Consider using a dehumidifier to remove excess moisture from the air, especially in areas prone to dampness.
  • Professional help: If issues persist, seek professional advice. We work with qualified professionals across the North East who we can recommend, and we can also project manage this on your behalf to take the stress (and time!) out of your hands.

Creating a dry & healthy home

Whether you’re a home owner, landlord or tenant, confronting condensation, mould, and dampness requires a proactive approach.

If these issues linger and you need professional help, we can recommend professionals in the North East – even project managing on your behalf. If you are a tenant renting with Northwood, it’s important to report the first signs of damp and mould to your Property Manager. You can do this via our maintenance portal, FixFlo.

For more advice on preventing condensation, damp and mould, this flyer from Aberdeen City Council in partnership with SCARF (Save Cash and Reduce Fuel) offers great advice too. Read it here!

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