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Glass & Pane

By far, the most common problem for window glass and panes is condensation.

What is condensation and what causes it?

Everyday things like cooking, washing, bathing and even breathing cause moisture, which is released into the air. The air can only hold a certain amount of water vapour - the warmer it is, the more it can hold. If this is cooled by contact with a cold surface such as mirror, a window or even a wall, the water vapour will turn into droplets of water - condensation.

What does condensation look like?

Every home gets condensation at some time - usually when lots of moisture and steam are being produced such as bath times, when cooking meals or washing clothes.

Fish tanks and indoor plants can also give rise to large quantities of moisture in the air.

It is quite normal to find your bedroom windows misted up in the morning after a cold night, which is to be expected and is not indicative of a serious condensation problem.

If your home never seems to be free from condensation, or you have mould growth as well, read on.

What can you do to reduce it?

Produce less moisture

  • Dry your washing outside the property whenever you can. You can also hang it in the bathroom, keeping the door closed and the window wide open
  • While cooking, always cover pans and don't leave kettles boiling

  • Ventilate well to remove moisture

  • When a room is in use, keep window(s) open a crack
  • Ventilate bathrooms and kitchens
  • Keep bathroom and kitchen doors closed even if they have extractor fans
  • Ventilate cupboards and wardrobes - try not to overfill wardrobes

  • Properly heat your home

  • Constant, low-level heating reduces the chance of condensation

  • How to DIY:

  • Treat and remove the mold - there are various products on the market that will help. See our mold & mildew cleaning and prevention tips for Kitchen, Bathroom, Bedroom and Common Spaces. Locate your problem and choose the category!
  • Wipe down windows, frames and other affected areas regularly to reduce condensation

  • Drafty Windows?

    If you feel cold air coming through the windows and/or the condensation is excessive on the windows, you may have a drafty window.

    The window may need to be replaced but often the problem can be easily fixed by adding some window coverings to block the draft from the window into a room.

    If you are experiencing a drafty window or condensation that is excessive and/or uncontrollable, and you have made all reasonable attempts to remedy the problem with the suggestions provided, report a description of the issue by filling out a maintenance form.

    Need Further Assistance?

    To report any damage or need for repairs, please provide a full description of the maintenance issue when filling in your online Maintenance Report form.

    Once you have submitted a report, an Arrive Homes representative will be in contact with you shortly.