condensation in static caravans, how to combat with double glazing windows and doors
Always try to keep a window open slightly when you are in the caravan to allow good air-flow. If you have double glazing windows this can be done securely by using the ‘night vent facility’ .
- Do not dry clothes inside
- If using a tumble-dryer, ensure the end of the vent-hose is outside
- Do not use gas heaters (and/or gas hobs for a bit of extra warmth as some of us do when its extra cold!) excessively, this will increase moisture
- Use lids on saucepans when cooking
- Use salt pots to collect moisture
- Use a de-humidifier
- Install double glazing windows and doors
- Increase insulation to walls, floors and ceilings (this will also help to retain heat)
- Regulate your heating by keeping it on a lower setting over a longer time frame to heat gradually rather that blasting your thermostat upto full when you first arrive.
Black mould growth is the most common effect of condensation, but mould can appear in many other colours on carpets, clothing and wood. It can also affect walls and ceilings and can damage our health especially for those with chest issues (e.g. asthmatics) who can suffer as a result of the airborne spores. Signs of mould tend to start forming in the coldest areas, so keep an eye on outside corners and seals/ seams. Wet areas on windowsills and floors are other clear indicators of the effects.
If you do have any signs of mould, mildew or damp, catching it early is the key to preventing any extensive or gradually increasing damage.
If damp areas are visible, take measures to absorb any excess water from windowsills, corners of rooms or anywhere else you can see affected.
If treating areas where mildew is visible, first wipe the area with a damp cloth, cleaning off any black marks or try applying an anti-mould cleaner, this will kill any spores.