What is condensation and how can you prevent it?

window condensation
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Aside from a nuisance, what is condensation exactly? From little streams of the stuff running down your windows and pooling on the cills to damp walls, condensation is most certainly not welcome in our homes. 

Understanding how to stop condensation in a house is really important for a number of reasons. In homes suffering from condensation, it can lead to all kinds of secondary problems, such as peeling wallpaper or paint, rotten window cills and mould on walls and fabrics.

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.