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Preventing damp, mould and condensation

Damp can cause mould to form on walls, ceilings, furniture and even clothing. Damp housing encourages the growth of mould and mites, and can increase the risk of respiratory illness. Some damp is caused by Condensation. Find out how condensation forms, and how it can be kept to a minimum, so reducing the risk of dampness and mould growth.

There is always moisture in the air, even if you cannot see it.  If the air gets colder, it cannot hold all the moisture and tiny drops of water appear but it does not leave a tidemark. This is Condensation.  It appears on cold surfaces often on north facing walls, in places where there is little movement of air, in corners, on, or near windows and in, or behind wardrobes.

For advice on reducing condensation in your home download the pdf icon condensation leaflet [248kb].

Last modified: 30 January 2015