Is Condensation Really A Problem?
All of us will be familiar with signs of condensation in the home, typically taking the form of little beads of water appearing on windows or on tiled walls. However, a great many will be unaware that condensation is in fact the most common cause of damp problems in the UK.
Our years of experience in the industry have taught us that people are often shocked to find that condensation can be to blame for a wide variety of property problems including off-putting damp patches appearing on walls, uninviting blistering or peeling wallpaper, and the appearance of potentially toxic and hazardous black mould.
The good news is that these problems can generally be prevented from ever occurring. Our guide provides you with some free, helpful and simple tips that will effectively reduce condensation levels in your home.
Since the source of condensation is the damp and humid air that we release into the property through unavoidable and essential daily activities such as bathing, cooking and drying clothes, our guide will look at ways we can reduce the impact of condensation from such activities.
it is vital to introduce a source of ventilation in order to allow the damp and humid air the opportunity to escape outside of the building instead of settling on surfaces in the home. Usually the simplest source of ventilation is to open a window during any task that releases a lot of moisture into the air. Additionally it is sensible to leave the window open for around twenty minutes afterwards in order to allow the steam and moisture to clear.
In the colder months of the year we know it can be particularly unpleasant to have windows open for any length of time so make sure your extractor fan is functioning well in the Kitchen and Bathroom to remove steam and damp air.
Additional Tips and Hints
Alongside proper ventilation there are a number of other ‘quick fixes’ you can take around the home to reduce condensation:
- Keep Kitchen and Bathroom doors closed – Don’t allow steam to escape into other rooms.
- Cover pots and pans – You might be surprised at how much of an impact this can have on reducing the amount of moisture you release into the air.
- Wipe down cold surfaces – Condensation forms when humid air comes into contact with a surface colder than itself, so take a minute to remove condensation droplets from tiled walls, mirrors or windows.
- If possible dry your clothes outside - If this is impossible then dry them in a room with a window open and the door closed.
Professional Condensation Solutions
If you have tried all of the above measures and still find that your property is suffering from condensation and damp issues then you will probably want to consider professional condensation treatment options.
If you struggle to ventilate the property adequately then there are solutions such as our positive pressure whole house ventilation system. For problem hotspots like the Kitchen and Bathroom we have heat saving extractor fans, or if you only notice a problem on one particular wall or room then a coating of anti-condensation paint could get your home back to it’s fresh and dry best.
For more information on condensation treatment and solutions from the property preservation experts visit our page: https://www.petercox.com/our-services/condensation/solutions/