'First sign' of a condensation problem to notice in your home - and what to do about it

Property experts say now is the time to look out for condensation in your home

This is how to remove window condensation in five minutes

As there is a chill in the air outside, November is the ideal month when condensation issues are most obvious in the home.

Problems with condensation will continue to be more obvious from now until spring arrives.

However, you would want to get ahead of any condensation problems as black mould could result if you don't get it sorted out.

One of the biggest building preservation company in Scotland, Richardson and Starling, cautioned that the "first sign of a condensation problem is water droplets gathering on windows".

While a small amount can be considered normal, consistent moisture on the windows can be a warning sign of high moisture levels and poor ventilation.

Winter morning golden sun looking through a window in London UK

Condensation typically first shows up on windows (Image: Getty)

Any walls affected by condensation could encourage the growth of black mould, which typically develops in corners of a room in a pyramid shape.

Dampness can impact plaster or wallpaper, which can result in paint peeling off the walls.

The NHS warned dampness and mould can lead to respiratory issues, such as asthma attacks.

Not only that, inhaling mould spores can lead to an allergic reaction, which can lead to sneezing, a runny nose, red eyes, and a skin rash.

A slightly ajar window

Prevent condensation by opening the windows when cooking (Image: Getty)
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What to do about it

Before mould develops, it's time to get ahead of the condensation problem as soon as you see droplets on your windows.

Richard and Starling first proposed improving ventilation in your home, then controlling humidity, and adding insulation to outside-facing walls.

Screwfix noted ventilation could be improved by simply opening the windows, which is encouraged when you're cooking or showering.

If you have double-glazed windows that have condensation trapped between the two panes then, unfortunately, it means the windows need to be replaced.

By having the heating on a low, consistent temperature, you can reduce the likelihood of condensation forming on the windows.

If, however, you have a damp problem, there could be significant structural issues that will need a professional to look into.

While a dehumidifier can only do so much to capture the moisture in the air, damp issues need to be addressed as soon as possible.

Living in damp conditions can be toxic to your health; home energy grants to address damp and mould can be found on Simple Energy Advice.

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