Condensation and Mould
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Condensation and Mould

What is condensation?

There is always some moisture in the air, even if you cannot see it. When hot air cools down or meets a cold surface, it releases some moisture and tiny drops of water appear, this is condensation. You notice it when you see your breath on a cold day, or when the mirror mists over when you have your bath or shower.

Condensation appears on cold surfaces and in places where there is little movement of air. It can be seen in corners, or near windows, in or behind wardrobes and cupboards.

When condensation happens on a wall, the wall soaks up the moisture and becomes damp. If this happens over a period of time, mould can grow on the damp areas. The damp left by condensation will also damage plasterwork and wooden surfaces.

What is mould?

Moulds are types of fungi that can grow on a range of materials that are damp and usually in dark places, such as walls, wood, carpet, furniture and fabrics if they stay damp for long periods of time. Mould can give off an unpleasant smell and can damage your health.

How can I reduce condensation and mould?

Ventilation

The best way to reduce condensation and mould is to make sure your home is well ventilated. You should;

Make less moisture

If there is less moisture in the air in your home, there will be less condensation. There are simple things you can do to reduce this:

By Felix Okene