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Condensation Problems in Properties – Tenants Information

Posted by admin on August 11, 2016
| 13 Comments

One of the biggest complaints from Tenants is the ever increasing problem of the build up of condensation in homes whether it being slight, severe, or occasionally, New home, Period home the problem is simply down to LIFESTYLE. In some cases the problem of condensation can be just as rife in a New Home than it can in a Period Home. Our modern day lifestyle with Showers, Baths, Washing Machines, Tumble Dryers, Drying Washing on Radiators, keeping windows shut is the main cause of this irritating problem and is duly down to occupiers to limit the cause by making sure the Property occupied is constantly ventilated during All Seasons. The Landlord cannot be responsible for the lifestyle of the Tenant and some responsibility has to be taken by the occupiers.

 

  1. If you have a washing machine or tumble dryer in your property, ensure that it is vented correctly, from just one load of washing 2 Litres of water is emitted into the air.
  2. Try to dry clothes outdoors to prevent excess moisture escaping into your property. If you have no choice but to dry clothes inside we always advise that you open your doors or windows in these rooms.
  3. When cooking, boiling a kettle, taking a shower or bath, ensure that your kitchen or bathroom door are kept closed to prevent steam going into colder rooms which will cause condensation to form.
  4. When cooking ensure that you cover your pans with a lid to reduce moisture. Also ensure that you have opened a window or you are using an extractor fan if you have one fitted. Don’t turn off the extractor fan or close the window as soon as you finish cooking – leave it open for 15-20 minutes afterwards to clear the air.
  5. Similar to when cooking in the kitchen, when you are taking a shower or a bath ensure that you turn on an extractor fan or open a window to get rid of the steam that is created when running warm water in a cold environment. This will help reduce the amount of condensation that appears on your bathroom windows but won’t eliminate the problem.
  6. Portable gas bottles and paraffin heaters produce a lot of moisture, along with a lot of toxic fumes. Not only is this form of heat causing excess condensation in your property, it is also a health and safety hazard and is stated in most tenancy agreements as not allowed in rented flats.
  7. Many families have house pets and plants which produce moisture. Make sure you cover fish tanks and if you are suffering from excess condensation look to move your plants outdoors.
  8. If you don’t have an extractor fan in your bathroom or kitchen then make sure that you wipe down the surfaces in the bathroom and kitchen when you have been cooking or taking a shower to remove any moisture that has settled on the surface. This excess moisture that sits on the surface will quickly turn to mould which is difficult to completely remove.
  9. Do not overfill your bedroom wardrobes and kitchen cupboards. With lack of ventilation and trapped warm air your overfilled cupboards are a breeding ground for mould as the air is not able to circulate freely inside.
  10. For the same reason as above, make sure that your furniture is at least 50mm away from the surrounding walls so that air can move around the property. Also try to put wardrobes against internal walls in your bedroom which will be less cold than external walls.
  11. Ensuring an adequate amount of heating in your property will improve the internal temperature of surfaces in the house and reduce the likelihood of condensation.
  12. If you use a room on a regular basis, such as a living room, open a window slightly to improve the ventilation in the room. Breathing is a major cause of condensation so this will help to improve the ventilation in your property.
  13. Double glazing, loft insulation and draft proofing will help to reduce the amount of heat that is lost from a property. Installing insulation will help to keep the temperature of the surfaces inside your property high.
  14. Adequate ventilation is essential to allow the moisture to escape from a property before it turns into condensation.

To talk to a property consultant or request more details, contact: 01743 248351

Zaza Johnson & Bath, Shrewsbury

10a Shoplatch Shrewsbury SY1 1HL

13 thoughts on “Condensation Problems in Properties – Tenants Information

  • Nola
    on August 17, 2016

    I have been renting through an agent in Manchester and my condensation problem has been ignored by the agent but this has been very helpful

  • Olivia
    on December 6, 2016

    Great information I am a Landlord and am forever advising my tenants that they have a duty to keep on top of this problem

  • Jennifer
    on December 13, 2016

    Great content I have been trying to overcome the problem of damp for many Months

  • Olivia
    on December 14, 2016

    Hi my name is Olivia can you advise if you do Property management out of Shropshire?

    • admin
      on January 4, 2017

      Hi Olivia Yes we can assist we have messaged you privately fro further information

  • Evelyn Serrell
    on December 21, 2016

    Great information very helpful

    • admin
      on January 4, 2017

      Thank you

  • Olivia
    on January 3, 2017

    Great Blog look forward to dealing with you guys in 2017

    • admin
      on January 4, 2017

      Your welcome

  • Oilivia Slater
    on January 5, 2017

    Hi I am interested in one of your properties on Dunbar and would like to view?

    • admin
      on January 5, 2017

      Hi Olivia

      Please call our office 01743 248351

  • Natalie Murray
    on January 7, 2017

    Can you advise if you have any Properties available in Castlefields?

    Thanks

    • admin
      on January 9, 2017

      Hi Natalie, If you look through our search tab, we have a Property in Barton Close

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