Damp and cold homes can be really hard to deal with especially during the winter months. It is not unusual for properties to show signs of damp, condensation and mould. This is made even worse as the weather gets colder.
Condensation is a very common form of damp where moisture generated through everyday living condenses on cold surfaces. Other forms of damp include:
Penetrating damp – where damp penetrates through the walls of the building and can usually be seen as an area of ‘wet’ staining on the wall or ceiling.
Rising damp – where there is a failure in the damp proof course and moisture rises up through the building from the ground. This will only affect the ground floor as moisture cannot rise above 1 metre and will show as a ‘tide’ mark.
If you are having problems with damp and mould please see our advice sheet and questionnaire. Please follow the advice for 8 weeks but if the problem does not improve please return the questionnaire to the Council's Housing Standards Team. To reduce damp and mould in your house follow our top tips. There is also a helpful guide available from the Centre for Sustainable Energy.
- CSE Advice Leaflet: Condensation, damp and mould
Living in a cold home is not only unpleasant but it can affect your health. Follow our advice below to keep your home warm, keep healthy and keep on top of your bills.
- Set your heating to the right temperature (between 18-21oC or 64-70oF) so you can keep warm and lower your bills
- Call Energy at Home on 0800 038 5680 for advice on saving energy and grants for insulation
- If you have solid walls think about solid wall insulation (Centre for Sustainable Energy CSE)
- Draught proof your home (CSE)
- Understand your energy bill and check you are on the best electricity or gas tariff (CSE)
- Install loft and cavity wall insulation if possible. You may qualify for free insulation (CSE)
- Check your heating is in working order and you know how to use the controls (CSE)
- If you have single glazed windows think about installing secondary glazing (CSE).
For more information please call the Council's Housing Standards Team on 01225 396444.
There is a wide range of free advice leaflets and videos available from the Centre of Sustainable Energy.