During the winter months especially it is common for moisture issues to develop inside properties. This is because colder winter temperatures cause us to run the heating more and open the windows less - giving the moisture in the air nowhere to escape.
The heat and humidity created inside collides with the cold surfaces of windows and, in some cases, external walls, and creates condensation.
Running the heating, cooking, drying clothes and showering are just some of the things that cause this.
Most commonly, this results in condensation gathering on the inside of windows which then drips down, gathers in corners, along seals, on window sills, etc and starts to develop into issues of damp and mould. It can also cause wooden surfaces to rot.
In rented properties, avoiding these issues from arising is the responsibility of the tenant. In order to help you do this successfully, here’s some tips:
Open the Windows.
Particularly if you have washing on a drying rack or you’ve been using the shower, opening the windows allows the moisture to get out.
Use the Extractor Fan.
Once you’ve used the bath or shower, make sure and use the extractor fan to prevent moisture gathering on the walls and windows in the bathroom. If you’re cooking, put the extractor fan on the cooker hood on as well.
Get a Squeegee.
If you see moisture gathering on your windows and window frames, sitting on sealants or around bath screens don’t let it sit - give it a wipe down, get the moisture away and keep the surfaces dry. We suggest using a squeegee, a cloth and a towel.
Little and Often.
Moisture issues arise over time, so the best way to deal with them is by taking the small steps as above on a routine basis. Once moisture issues take a hold, fixing them takes time and can be expensive. Prevention, when it comes to moisture issues in the home, is a lot easier and straight-forward than a cure.