Think of how mirrors mist over when you’re taking a bath or windows steam up when you’re cooking.
Condensation forms if there’s too much moisture in the air, the air in your home is cold or can’t circulate properly. It will appear as drops of water on windows, walls, ceilings or other hard surfaces and, if not wiped away regularly, can cause mould.
Penetrating damp is caused by leaking pipes or rainwater getting into your home through cracked or missing roof tiles, blocked gutters or cracks in brickwork, plaster or gaps around window frames.
Rising damp comes from a failed damp proof course or where there is no damp-proof course. These causes of damp often leave a ‘tidemark’ or stain.
Repairs or adding a damp course should solve the problem but you may need expert help.
If you rent your home from a private or social housing landlord, you should contact your landlord and report any problems with damp, mould, poor ventilation, or home repairs. You can also complain to Salford City Council.
If you don’t have penetrating or rising damp then your problem is almost certainly condensation.
Mould can be treated with bleach or fungicidal wash but the only lasting way of avoiding mould is to get rid of the dampness.
Clothes affected by mildew can be dry cleaned and affected carpets shampooed.
Disturbing mould by brushing, cleaning or vacuum cleaning can increase the risk of breathing problems; consider wearing a mask when treating it.