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Condensation is a common problem faced by many London homeowners and renters and it can be an absolute pain to get rid of or correct.
The effects of condensation on the home can be truly damaging not only on the property but also on the health of those living in the property.
Damp and black mould can appear following condensation, which appears where dated properties trap water which can directly impact the buildings structure.
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Research conducted back in 2019 by Rentokil found that approximately 5.8 million homes have experienced damp and condensation issues, as well as black spots on the walls of their homes.
Nicholas Donnithorne, UK technical manager at Rentokil Property Care said: “An average family of four can produce up to 24 pints (14 litres) of water vapour in just 24 hours, and all that moisture has to go somewhere. When the air cools, condensation forms on cold surfaces at what is known as the ‘Dew Point’.
“It’s important the homes people live in have adequate ventilation and heating facilities that enable the occupiers to take control of the amount of moisture they produce.
"Occupants must also better understand that their behaviour may be affecting the formation of condensation and damp. Simple lifestyle changes such as drying clothes outside or leaving the window ajar could go a long way in helping to reduce issues and prevent mould growth.”
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When attempting to fix the problem of condensation many will crack open a window to allow the water vapour to dry out, but in the middle of winter that leads to freezing cold rooms.
One Reddit user may have cracked the solution to the problem for homeowners and renters across London.
This simple trick can make a hugely positive impact on the health of the homeowners currently dealing with issues of condensation.
The NHS site outlines the health implications of living with mould and damp caused by condensation which includes respiratory problems and allergies and can also have a negative impact on the immune system.
The nifty trick helps to get rid of condensation quickly and easily and can minimise the health risks to those in the property.
The helper posted on Reddit: "In Germany, we have a technique called 'Stosslüften'.
"What that basically means is that instead of having maybe one window open all day (which is a huge waste of energy), open several windows all over the house for three minutes, creating a strong draft to exchange most of the warm humid air inside the house with cold air from outside.
"A cool feature about cold air is that it can 'hold' less water vapour.
"If this relatively dry cold air enters your house, it warms up.
"Being warmer, it is suddenly capable of taking up some of the extra humidity from inside your house.
"This might sound a little weird at first but is advocated in schools and so on. I use that technique and it works.
"Do this several times a day and you should really see a change."
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