Are you all steamed up?

It’s that time of year when the “C” word causes mayhem in our homes. No. Not Christmas. This is worse. Far worse…


Condensation occurs when warm, moisture-laden air meets a cool surface . The change in temperature causes the moisture to condense on the surface in the form of water droplets. Colder external temperatures during winter combined with heated internal temperatures results in larger amounts of condensation. Encouraged by poor air circulation where stagnant air pockets form, look for it in corners, on or near windows, in or behind wardrobes and cupboards. Condensation is generally noticeable where it forms on non-absorbent surfaces such as glass or tiles but it can form on any surface and it may not be noticed until mould growth or rotting of material occurs.

The first evidence may not be noticed until an item of clothing is removed from a wardrobe, usually when you’re in a hurry or you have an important meeting or event and said dress or suit is found to be covered in mould.


When it happens on a wall, the wall soaks up the moisture and becomes damp. It often appears as a dark patch in corners near the skirting and on the ceiling. Cooler north-facing walls are more prone to the problem.

Condensation and mould spore have a detrimental effect on our health especially on those with asthmatic and allergy conditions or those with compromised immune systems such as patients undergoing chemotherapy.

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