A build-up of condensation in your static caravan can lead to problems with damp.
Condensation forms when warm moist air comes into contact with a colder surface and it’s more noticeable on surfaces that don’t absorb water such as windows, tiles, and sometimes walls.
You might not think you have a problem with condensation until you start to see mould growth or black spots on surfaces.
The main causes of moisture in a holiday caravan are cooking, showering, drying wet clothes, a lack of ventilation and consistent heating.
Our top tips on reducing condensation in your holiday caravan
- Make sure all rooms are well ventilated and heating temperatures a consistent, particularly when cooking and showering.
- Wipe excess moisture off windows when it starts to build-up
- When cooking use lids on pans and if you have an extractor fan keep it turned on whilst cooking and for a little while after. Keep internal doors into the bedroom area closed and open a window for ventilation.
- When showering keep the bathroom doors closed and if possible leave windows open to let moisture escape. If you have an extractor fan, leave it on for a while after you have finished to draw out any excess moisture.
- Make sure vents and windows are regularly opened to ventilate your caravan
- Keep curtains open during the day time to let moisture escape through any window vents
- Make sure kitchen and bathroom extractor fans are working efficiently and regularly clean the filters and grills. Periodically clean them from the outside and make sure they’re not blocked.
- Make sure furniture, cushions and beds are not touching external walls – leave a small gap to let air flow through
- Regularly clean behind beds, sofas and cupboards and occasionally move furniture to allow air to circulate
If you start to see mould or damp spots on your caravan walls or ceilings, surfaces, clean with a disinfectant or look for specialist fungicide treatments and follow the instructions on the bottle.
In the colder months, you could use a dehumidifier to extract water from the air inside your static caravan as well as leaving interior, fridge, freezer and cupboard doors ajar. It’s important to leave windows closed and to regularly empty the water tank. When your holiday caravan is empty you could also try moisture traps too.
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