Combating Condensation – The Homeowners Guide
While not considered a damp problem to call the experts out, condensation can be a nightmare for any householder. In fact, if condensation is left untreated, it can rot window frames, causing structural defects that could even cause a potential penetrating damp problem. Not only that, condensation leads to the spread of certain types of mould, which can trigger asthma.
Before you call in a London damp proofing company, try to find the source of the condensation and see if there are protective methods you can try out at home.
Causes of Condensation
Condensation is the collection of water droplets on surfaces such as windows and outer facing walls, caused by moist, warm air coming into contact with a colder surface. Water droplets are released into the air or onto the surface, where we can see them. Droplets continue to build up, dripping down the window and collecting on window sills, potentially dripping down walls and spreading moisture in the air.
Condensation is most commonly caused by poor ventilation in rooms where water is often used, like kitchens and bathrooms. Although, it can also be seen in rooms with high humidity – particularly once the temperature starts to drop outside.
Condensation is surprisingly less common in older properties where properties were built to “breathe” with larger ventilation gaps and cavity walls. However, modern buildings were designed to be water-tight to prevent issues with damp. In some cases, this has actually aggravated the condensation problem due to lack of ventilation.
The easiest way to combat condensation issues is to add further ventilation through the installation of wall vents or window vents. You could also consider adding air bricks to external walls, however, this can get expensive and will require a professional hand.
Wipe down damp surfaces after you’ve used them, for instance, in the bath or shower – including surfaces where moisture could have settled – such as windows and bathroom mirrors.
Install extraction fans in the bathroom and kitchen; they work well to remove moist air. Should you have extraction fans already installed, check that they are clean and fully functional; consider replacing older, less efficient models.
Humidifiers are a fantastic device you can buy for your home that works to reduce the moisture in the air by extracting water droplets. They are available in cheap, disposable models or more expensive, electronic versions.
Should your condensation problem continue to go untreated, you are likely to see an influx of black mould around the property. You could even potentially see penetrating damp problems if structures have had time to degrade. Don’t put off treating your condensation problem, be pro-active rather than having to react when problems get worse.
Should you require any further information on treating condensation or feel that you have suspected problems with damp, contact our expert team.