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Very bad condensation

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FitnessFad · 11/10/2016 15:55

We've recently moved into our new house. House was built in the 1940s. Windows are doubled glazed.
Since the weather has turned colder, we are suffering from really bad condensation - not just on the Windows but in some rooms the walls as well, which is starting to cause damp.

What can we do to combat this? We've had the heating on for maybe a few hours a day, but not sure if that is supposed to help? Does opening the windows whilst the heating is on also help?
The condensation occurs in the mornings, and we have the Windows shut and no heating on overnight.

Any advice would be really appreciated!

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Murphysgirl · 11/10/2016 16:03

Keep windows open a crack at night to ventilate. I always open my windows fully first thing before going in the shower then close them after I'm dressed so they've had a good airing. Don't dry your laundry in the house. Use extractor fans or open windows when showering/cooking.

HereIAm20 · 11/10/2016 18:19

Heating and ventilation! Plus you can buy those little boxes with tablets tgst absorb extra moisture too. Buy some e cloths and make sure you wipe walls regularly. Worth using something like a mould and mildew spray to prevent any.

frikadela01 · 11/10/2016 18:24

We uses to have a serious problem with condensation which causes mould in the bedroom. We eventually worked out that because of how big the room was it wasn't getting sufficiently heated by the tiny radiator so when we were in bed at night all the moisture from us was condensinbon the freezing cold walls. We got a bigger radiator and have it on for a couple of hours before bed and a couple of hours whilst we get up, that combined with the window open a crack seems to have done the job.

We had a dehumidifier for a bit too before the radiator but it cost a fortune to run.

SaggyNaggy · 11/10/2016 18:24

Buy a karcher window vaccuum too.
I also think trickle vents on windows help.

Secretspillernamechange · 11/10/2016 18:30

I suggest a proper dehumidifier, after you've left it on for a few days to clear the worst you should only need it on for a few hours a day. You can get really efficient ones now and it's got to be less wasteful than having the heating on and the windows open.

OlennasWimple · 11/10/2016 18:34

Yy to a good dehumidifier to kick start solving the problem

BennyTheBall · 11/10/2016 18:36

Yes to opening the windows, and if you can, open them at night a crack or open trickle vents if you have them.

Avoid drying wet washing indoors too.

lizzieoak · 11/10/2016 18:41

I've improved our damp a great deal by leaving a window open a bit in one of the rooms and also running the dehumidifier loads at the start of autumn. I also don't run the dishwasher in the evening, and definitely crank the windows open after a bath or shower.

It's getting to it at the beginning of the season that seems to help and as noted above, running the dehumidifier loads at first.

lizzieoak · 11/10/2016 19:24

And it's quite horrifying how much water ends up in the bucket of the dehumidifier. Mine pulls about 4 litres out of the air at this time of year.

PigletJohn · 11/10/2016 19:53

you might have a leak. Have you got a water meter?

FirstShinyRobe · 11/10/2016 19:56
CottonSock · 11/10/2016 19:58

A meaco dehumidifier. Just got a second ine for my house. The dessicant ones warm thevair too and seem cheap enough to run. I collect pints every day

dannyglick · 12/10/2016 15:35

We put an Unibond Aero 360 moisture absorber, placed discreetly in each room ( Asda/ Wilko).
Have just put them out for autumn/ winter, as a few days ago, the windows were streaming with condensation in a morning: all gone now with these in place.
Open windows when you can, though, too.

hotdog74 · 12/10/2016 16:22

We get it and having the heating on a bit at night really seems to help and also opening windows on dry days. Also try to avoid drying clothes on radiators/ inside airers as this puts lots of moisture into the air. Also keep bathrooms doors closed and open windows after showering etc.

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