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Damp can cause mould on walls, windows, and furniture and damp and cold homes encourage the growth of mould which can increase the risk of respiratory illnesses. This can be caused by:

  • Condensation created by high levels of moisture in the air.
  • Leaking pipes, wastes, or overflows.
  • Rain seeping through the roof where a tile or slate is missing.
  • Blocked guttering, cracked or loose rainwater pipes.
  • Rising damp, which will create a yellow tidemark on internal walls.

What is condensation?

Condensation is formed when there is excess moisture in the air. There is always some moisture, even if you can’t see it, but if the air gets colder, it can’t hold all the moisture and tiny drops of water appear on cold surfaces.

This is typically on windows which can lead to black spotted mould growth. You may also notice it when you see your breath on a cold day, or when the mirror mists over when you have a bath or shower.

If you have experienced any of the above or think you have issues with damp, mould or condensation, please contact us to allow us to investigate further.

You can do this via the contact form on this website, by using our live chat service on this website, or by calling 0114 228 8100.

Some ordinary daily activities produce a lot of moisture very quickly.

  • Cooking To reduce the amount of moisture, cover pans and do not leave kettles boiling.
  • Washing clothes Put washing outdoors to dry if you can. If drying inside, put them in the bathroom with the door closed and window open/fan on. If using a tumble dryer make sure the vent goes outside (unless it’s self-condensing).


Keep a small window ajar or a trickle ventilator open all the time if possible, especially when someone is in the room.

Airflow Open doors to ventilate cupboards and wardrobes. Leave space between the backs of wardrobes and the wall. Where possible, position wardrobes and furniture against internal walls, i.e. walls which have a room on both sides, rather than against outside walls.

Ventilation You need much more ventilation in the kitchen and bathroom when cooking, washing up, bathing and drying clothes - this means open windows or fan on. If you don’t have an opening window, vent or fan - please contact us.

Insulate and draught-proofing Insulation in the loft and cavity wall will help keep your home warm and reduce your fuel bills as well. If you feel your loft or cavity wall is not insulated sufficiently - please contact us.

Heat your home a little more

  • In cold weather, where possible, the best way to keep rooms warm enough to avoid condensation is to keep low background heating on all day, even when there is no one at home.
  • If you have central heating, set it to provide background warmth to all rooms including unused rooms. If fitted, use thermostatically controlled radiator valves (TRVs).
  • The thermostats will help control heating and costs. If you are finding heating your home difficult with rising fuel costs please contact us for advice on things you may be able to try or access to assist.
  • Use this link to download our PDF on Damp and Mould