How to Stop Condensation and Damp in Your Mobile Home
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Posted: September 7, 2020
Condensation is an issue faced by all types of homeowners, whether you’re living in a residential static caravan or a traditional brick and mortar property. In brick and mortar properties, the main concern regarding condensation is that it will keep a surface wet enough for the problem to escalate into damp. Damp looks ugly and can lead to black mould or if the surface is wooden, cause rotting, fungal growth and structural instability.
For static caravan owners, many of the risks and issues remain the same. Leaving a condensation issue unattended in your property is sure to leave you with ugly wall patches and discoloured areas that eventually develop mould growth. Fixing this can be challenging or expensive, which is why it makes much more sense to simply avoid the risk altogether.
At Allens Caravans, we have managed residential and holiday caravan parks across the UK for over 50 years, meaning we’ve dealt with plenty of damp problems in our time. Here, our team have put together a detailed guide on how to stop condensation in a mobile home, including strategies you can implement straight away. With any luck, this will help reduce your moisture problems and keep your caravan in perfect condition.
Use an Extractor Fan or Open the Windows When Cooking
As condensation is caused by moisture in the air, the main steps you need to take are those which reduce water entering the air or being trapped inside your home. With that in mind, make sure that you open the windows or use an extractor fan whenever you’re cooking so that as you heat the air (and the moisture in the air), the gas has room to escape either through the extractor fan or out of the windows. This is a simple but very effective technique for preventing wet walls and damp.
Dry Your Clothes Outside
Drying clothes are another major culprit of damp. Clothes usually leave the washing machine warm and as a result, when the water in them evaporates, it releases water vapour into the air which then leads to condensation and damp walls. The solution is to dry your clothes outside instead or, if that is impossible, with the windows open. This way, the warm water vapour has somewhere to escape instead of being trapped indoors.
Open the Windows When Showering
Again, a hot shower releases warm water vapour into the air. Keeping all the windows closed may keep the room nice and warm for you, but it will also lead to steamy mirrors and wet walls – the perfect environment for damp and mould growth.
Invest in Ventilation
If you don’t have many windows or lack an extractor fan, consider taking steps to improve overall ventilation in your static caravan. Vents, grates and air circulators can all make a difference by giving the air room to move or get out of your home. Consider speaking to your park operator for advice or assistance if you are living on a residential caravan park as they may have contacts or additional recommendations.
Purchase a Dehumidifier
As an alternative to traditional ventilation, dehumidifiers are a great appliance which you can simply place in your mobile home’s living area and get results with. Dehumidifiers do exactly what they say on the tin, removing moisture from the air and maintaining a certain level of humidity. This will take warm water vapour out of the air, preventing condensation as well as reducing certain musty odours.
Block Up Drafts with Insulation
As a more holistic and long-lasting solution, consider adding insulation to your static caravan or mobile home. Insulation is effective because it will block drafts and areas of your property where cold air can get in. This will increase heat retention, which saves on your heating bill whilst also increasing the temperature of walls inside your home. With a higher temperature indoors and warmer property walls, water in the air will need to be warmer to turn into condensation, reducing the amount of damp your property is subject to.
Invest in Double Glazed Windows
Finally, if you have single glazed windows, consider upgrading to double glazed alternatives as these will also help keep heat indoors and reduce condensation on walls. Again, if you are considering investing in double glazed windows, consider speaking to park management who may be able to help, advise or point you in the right direction.
With any luck, these suggestions will help to reduce issues with condensation in your caravan. If you have any other queries surrounding how to stop condensation in a mobile home or any other caravan-based issues, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Alternatively, explore our residential caravan parks and holiday parks to find the best places to stay in the British countryside.