We first need to understand just what condensation is. Water is always in the air although it can’t been seen because it is in a vapor form. Condensation occurs when the water vapor in the air comes into contact with something cool. When air gets cool it is no longer able to hold the water vapor so the vapor turns back into a liquid. For example, think of buying a bottle of pop on a hot day. I’m sure you will have wondered why there is water on the outside of the bottle despite the heat? This is solely due to the process of condensation meaning air is cooled outside of the bottle. The process of condensation in the home is a key reason as to why mould grows.

How to prevent it from happening?

There are two practical ways that you can do to prevent condensation. The first is to stop putting excess water into the air. To do this you can simply cover pots on the stove and keep hot showers to a minimum.

The other way to ensure that this is prevented is to make sure that the ventilation and heating in your home is working properly. A temperature in a properly heated house is kept at a consistent level instead of having the temperatures always fluctuating.

Some heating sources, such as bottled gas or paraffin heaters, will create hot spots in the home, when the warm air meets the cool air in ajoining rooms, condensation will occur.

Also try to ensure that the ventilation is functioning as it should. Some great ways to do this is by having a window cracked open at all times to allow fresh air in. Also try using a fan, this will help the process.

Condensation is an easy thing to prevent in your house and a great way to take action again black mould growth. Without moisture (condensation), the mould will not be able to grow and you, your family and property will be kept safe.

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