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GUIDELINES TO COMBAT CONDENSATION AND MOULD GROWTH. FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE RULES FOR A HEALTHIER HOME
Condensation is the water produced when warm moist air or steam meets a cold surface such as windows, walls or floors. It is sometimes so severe that householders believe their windows leak or that their house is structurally damp.
Condensation is often a problem in older non-thermally efficient houses or newer houses where doors and windows are more draught proof than in older properties or where there is central heating installed and there are no or fewer chimneys.
Condensation can cause mould growth on walls and can damage clothes and furnishings. Controlling it is a matter of reducing sources of water vapour to a minimum and finding the right balance between heating and ventilation in your particular house.
Here are some guidelines to help you control condensation.

MAIN CAUSES OF CONDENSATION Boiling Kettles and saucepans.
Washing and drying clothes.
Bathing and showering.
Using paraffin and flue-less gas heaters.
An over occupied property.

TO CONTROL CONDENSATION
When washing and drying clothes or cooking, keep kitchen door shut and open window.
When bathing and after bathing, keep bathroom door shut and window open
Air your house every day. Every window in the house should be open for at least 10 - 15 minutes each day except in the coldest weather.
Have bedroom windows slightly open at night (on the security night latch lock position) even the breath of a sleeping person contains a lot of water vapour.
Take advantage of dry, sunny days to give your house a good airing; and don't forget the cupboards Use extractor fans where fitted.
NEVER block up existing air bricks, flues or ventilators. THIS COULD BE DANGEROUS. as they may be providing air combustion for a heating appliances. Ask a qualified Gas/Oil/ Solid Fuel/Paraffin/etc. engineer if they can be removed!
If you use paraffin or flue-less gas heaters, keep the windows open a little (every gallon of paraffin burned produces 1ľ (6 litres) gallons of water!) Keep your house warm (consistent with fuel economy requirements) even if you are out during the day.

IN GENERAL
If visible mould exists on walls, ceilings and floors wash it off immediately (with care) using a fungicidal wash & decorate with anti mould paint. If mould spores are allowed to become established they will be more difficult to eradicate.

WALLS
Particular care should be taken to inspect for mould damage to walls behind portable cupboards, wall units and beds. These are often placed close to a wall, restricting the circulation of air which would normally dry off any moisture present on the surface so preventing mould growth. If mould spores have become established, the affected area needs to be given a fungicidal wash and decorated with anti mould paint.

WALLPAPER
If any wall paper has been affected by mould and has bubbled or is peeling then this must be stripped off. The surface must then be given a fungicidal treatment and decorated with anti mould paint.

CLOTHES
If mould has appeared on clothes or furnishings, brush off and air thoroughly. (If you are not going to wear clothes for some time, it is a good plan to have them cleaned before putting them away, preferably hung in polythene sheaths. However, make sure the air can circulate in the sheath)

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