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How to avoid or reduce mould and condensation in your home

How to avoid or reduce mould and condensation in your home

Condensation can often be seen on windows on a cold morning and occurs when warm moist air hits cold surfaces.

This process causes the air to condense and form droplets of water, often resulting in patches of black mould. Mould does not always grow in the same room that the moisture comes from.

This primarily occurs between the months of October and April. It can happen when the weather is cold, even if it is dry, and is usually caused as a result of day to day living


There are 3 main causes of condensation:

  • Too much moisture production in your home
  • Insufficient ventilation
  • Cool temperatures

How can I avoid condensation in my home?

You can help without drastically changing your life, by taking the following steps:-

Close the kitchen and bathroom doors when these rooms are in use, even if they have an extractor fan. This will help stop water vapour escaping. Open a window after using the kitchen or bathroom to allow the moist air to escape. You will need much more ventilation in the kitchen and bathroom when cooking, washing up, bathing and drying clothes.

Put washing outdoors to dry and try not to dry clothes indoors on radiators. If you have to dry clothes indoors put them in the bathroom with the door closed and the window open or fan on. If you use a tumble dryer make sure you vent it to the outside, or choose a condensing tumble dryer.

In cold weather try to leave some background heating on all day, even when you are out. This is more important in flats and bungalows where the bedrooms are not above a warm living room (do not use a paraffin or flueless bottled gas heater for this purpose).

What else can I do?

Don’t allow kettles and pans to boil away any longer than is necessary and don’t over fill cupboards and wardrobes. Leave some space behind furniture and the wall to allow air to circulate. Over furnished rooms are particularly prone to condensation if not properly heated and ventilated. Havebury’s insurance policy does not cover mould damage to tenants’ belongings when it is caused by condensation as a result of living conditions. If the damage is as a result of a structural defect or our failure to repair and maintain the property then this may be covered by our insurance.

It is unlikely a British home can be condensation free however, by keeping your home adequately heated and ventilated, you should be able to live with condensation without it ruining your life.


Havebury’s insurance policy does not cover mould damage to tenants’ belongings when it is caused by condensation as a result of living conditions. If the damage is as a result of a structural defect or our failure to repair and maintain the property then this may be covered by our insurance.

If you have followed the advice in our guide and need to report mould in your home, contact us at repairs@havebury.com

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