Condensation and dampness

Condensation and dampness can become a major problem, but there are some simple things you can do to prevent it. 

What is condensation? 

Condensation is the water produced when moist air, vapour or steam comes into contact with a cold surface, such as windows, walls and floors and places with little air moving around. You can see it on bathroom mirrors when you bathe or shower.

It can cause mould to grow on walls and ceilings which can damage clothes, bedding and floor coverings.

How can I stop it? 

Following some simple steps will help reduce condensation problems:

  • Keep rooms warm and well ventilated

  • When you're cooking keep the kitchen doors shut and the windows open. Use lids on your pots and pans so the steam can't escape.

  • When you're taking a bath or shower keep the doors shut and windows open, or the extractor fan on. Keep the door shut once you've finished so the steam can't move around. 

  • Don't dry your clothes on a radiator, and dry them outside if you can. If you use a tumble dryer vent it outside or use a condensing dryer.

  • Mop up any water on window sills and dry the inside of window panes with a cloth.

  • So that air can circulate, don't overfill cupboards. Leave some space between furniture and walls. 

  • Do not block the air bricks or grilles fited tinto the walls of your home to provide ventilation. Don't let them get blocked by garden soil, rubbish or other items on the outside wall. 

What will SHP do to help?

If you are doing everything you can to reduce condensation and your home is still damp, this could be due to a building fault or because the the damp-proof course is damaged.

If you think your home is damp and the cause is not condensation, please email our Customer Services Team who will arrange an inspection. If condensation is the cause, the responsibility may be with you but we'll discuss this during the visit.

We work with tenants to control condensation by giving advice, treating mould and providing additional thermal insulation and ventilation. We'll also inspect your home to eliminate other causes of dampness such as:

  • Leaking pipes, waste pipes or overflows

  • Rain leaking through the roof or through gaps around windows or door frames

  • Rising damp due to a faulty damp proof course.