You are able to take steps to reduce condensation and mould in your own home.

How to prevent condensation in your home

Reduce the amount of moisture released into the air:

  • cover pans and only boil as much water as you need. If you have an extractor fan always turn it on when cooking
  • do not use paraffin or a portable bottled gas heater. These are not allowed in any City of Wolverhampton Council property
  • dry washing outdoors or in the bathroom with the window open and the door closed
  • vent your dryer outside if it’s not self-condensing
  • wipe down the windows and window sills every morning. Especially in the bedroom, bathroom and kitchen
  • have shorter showers and turn off the shower as soon as you're out
  • if you have fish, cover the tank with a suitable hood or lid

Make sure the rooms in your home are properly ventilated:

  • keep your extractor fan switched on. They cost around £5 per year in electricity and will help to take away moisture from the air in your home
  • keep small windows ajar or open trickle vents when the room is being used
  • open kitchen and bathroom windows when cooking, cleaning or washing. This will allow steam to escape, and always use the extractor fans
  • close kitchen and bathroom doors when cooking, cleaning or washing. This will prevent steam escaping into other rooms
  • leave space between large furniture and your walls to allow air to circulate

Keep your home suitably warm:

  • use your thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs) to gently heat up unused rooms
  • turn your heating off or put it on low when ventilating rooms to avoid wasting energy and money

Dealing with black mould

  • remove excess mould with a damp cloth and throw it away. Avoid brushing mould as this could release spores into the air
  • wipe down affected areas using a fungicidal wash. These are available from supermarkets, hardware stores or online. Always read the instructions on the container
  • Tea Tree oil is a natural antiseptic and disinfectant. It works well in cleaning away mould and mildew. Just dilute three to four drops in two litres of water. Test a small area first for any kind of reaction. If there’s no reaction, soak items in the solution or spray the affected area. Wipe and rinse afterwards
  • after you have treated the area, redecorate using fungicidal paint or wallpaper paste
  • dry-clean affected clothes and shampoo carpets