Stephen Linley-Shaw

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Stephen Linley-Shaw

9:15 AM, 16th March 2016, About 6 years ago

Tenants causing condensation and won't clean flat before leaving

I'm delighted to see that a reader has acknowledged that the Flatmaster 2000 he installed worked to dry out his tenants flat. Flatmasters and Drimasters cure condensation without any intervention of the tenant and cost little to run.

Black mould on the walls will die because it cannot 'feed' unless the material it is attacking is above 60% damp - the mould is dead and will not return.

However the dark staining remains and must be washed off ( we recommend gentle bleach in the water) and often redecoration is required.

How one negotiates the cost of cleaning up is a matter between the landlord and the tenant - but at least the problem as been solved.

best wishes. Stephen Linley-Shaw - Dryhomes... Read More

Stephen Linley-Shaw

7:51 AM, 15th March 2016, About 6 years ago

Damp problems everywhere and electrocution!

I am a damp expert - not a lawyer but understand that the fabric of the property must normally be maintained by the landlord and ventilation issues are a grey area covered by building regulations.

it would be helpful for everyone concerned if the landlord was obliged to follow F1 ventilation regulations along with safety of gas/electric services etc.

Sadly some tenants can turn a habitable home into a damp nightmare by lifestyle choices including drying washing inside, cultivating indoor plants etc.

This tenant and his landlord agreed that there was not a condensation problem - WRONG. From what i have read there was definitely a humidity problem (and other issues beside).

Condensation is more serious and more common and more dangerous to health than most people think.

The simple, cheap effective solution is to install a Drimaster in the roof.......we have fitted 100's and they ventilate the whole house adequately and automatically.

with my very best wishes . Steve Linley-Shaw at Dryhomes.... Read More

Stephen Linley-Shaw

9:07 AM, 16th June 2015, About 7 years ago

Condensation Solution?

I concur.

My very last comment on this thread..........reduce humidity by

1 not generating water vapour - virtually impossible
2 condense it in a dehumidifier - expensive on energy
3 improve ventilation by introducing a 'dry' air flow - cheap and effective.PIV

Back ground heat and insulation both improve living conditions.

Many of our clients have found that once the humidity is controlled the air feels warmer and it is even possible to turn down the heat and feel just as comfortable as previously.

This has been a worthwhile debate.and I hope has helped landlords.... Read More

Stephen Linley-Shaw

9:14 AM, 15th June 2015, About 7 years ago

Condensation Solution?

Reply to the comment left by "Joe Bloggs" at "14/06/2015 - 21:19":

Joe Bloggs.
AN APOLOGY for trying to make my comment too simplistic - you are right to correct me on the humidity/heat question. I should have said that a rise in heat will allow the air to carry more water vapour but it will TEMPORARILY reduce the humidity..... unfortunately by allowing the air to get wetter will make for MORE condensation if and when the temperature drops.
I would only advise clients to put up the heating if they were cold - not to defeat condensation.

INDEPENDENCE? Dryhomes is a totally independent partnership offering specialist advice and products to help customers combat condensation.... Read More

Stephen Linley-Shaw

19:40 PM, 14th June 2015, About 7 years ago

Condensation Solution?

Reply to the comment left by "Neil Patterson" at "14/06/2015 - 16:41":

I found this Self help list on dryhomes site....Can I solve condensation problems by lifestyle changes?

There are a number of Self Help measures that I recommend. If you have the wholehearted support of all the family they may just work. In my experience it is a very hard trick to pull off these days so good luck!

When showering, washing or cooking open windows and close internal doors. Do this for at least 20 minutes.
Dry clothes outside – even on a cold day it can be done. On rainy days dry clothes under a shelter or porch. Or dry clothes in a spare room with the window open and the door shut.
Where there is a manual fan keep it switched on in the bathroom till the mirror is clear of “steam” – a sure sign the humidity is OK
If you have a timed fan leave the light on so it keeps running at least 20 mins – we do not recommend manual or timed fans.
Open windows whenever possible – especially effective if you can achieve a cross draught through the house during the day.
Leave windows on anti-thief locks, slightly ajar, when you are not at home
Hang wet things, coats, shoes a room well vented to the outside
Vent tumble driers to the outside through a duct
Remove plants and fish tanks…… all the water you feed plants and aquariums ends up making mould in your home
Mop up floors, windows, water spills & empty bowls or this water will evaporate inside your house and cause trouble
Put a lid on pans.Saves fuel! A pressure cookers is much cheaper but they are now out of fashion.
Don’t heat a room with a gas burner – the burning of gas adds a lot of water to the air
Insert trickle vents in window frames
Fill bath with cold first – this reduces steam by up to 90% say Leeds council
Swap fan/s for a humidity controlled fan – this can be done easily & is very effective – see Dryhomes Cyfan
On warm, breezy days open every door and window to let the whole house dry out.
Wring out wet cloths before hanging up.
Remove Aquariums – if not acceptable then at lease cover the top to reduce the evaporation – water into home = water to top it up
Keep the heating low but more constant through the day; switching off leads to a rapid fall in temperature which then triggers condensation.
Dehumidifiers – if you already have one or can borrow one – give it a try. Dehumidifiers have local effect and can solve a minor condensation problem. They do cost a lot to run!
Draught proof loft hatch to stop damp air rising into the roof – this advice is if you have a damp roof.
Damp wardrobes/cupboards will be improved if the doors are vented to an allow air flow. Vent top and bottom. Or leave wardrobe doors open when possible
Dry wet animals before they come inside
Dry wet things before putting in a wardrobe or small cupboard
If there is room leave a space between your clothes in a wardrobe to improve air flow
Only put up the central heating if you are cold – HEAT DOES NOT STOP CONDENSATION & IT COSTS A FORTUNE !!!!!
Allow more air flow…. watch TV under a comfy blanket…. fewer condensation problems and cheaper fuel bills.
Practice ‘not breathing’ and keep ‘exercises’ to a minimum…….difficult
Benefits of Self Help

It’s either absolutely free or very cheap – a humidity controlled Cyfan costs about £90 in our shop
Each change reduces condensation
Any reduction in humidity will have benefits – health, time, money, comfort
Drawbacks to Self Help

It requires the co-operation of the whole family
It’s hard to change enough to reduce the humidity to levels (less than 60%RH) to eliminate condensation problems
Opening windows results in uncontrolled heat loss … isn’t environmentally friendly… and it’s expensive!
It requires sacrifice – most of us don’t want to pile on fleeces and live in draughts
Many homes are small and overcrowded – for this reason they may need a little more than “self help” to keep them dry
Leaving windows open creates a security risk, causes draughts ans allows in pollutants and noise to enter the home.... Read More