Homeowners beware….condensation season is here!
Condensation is the most common form of damp found in properties and can be at its worst between the months of October to April, also known as ‘condensation season’. Damp within a property in any form is a homeowners worst nightmare as this is not only detrimental to a properties structure but also has linked health implications www.nhs.uk.
Condensation can ultimately lead to mould, peeling wallpaper and damage to fabrics and clothes within your home. The effects of damp also leave the property cold and smelling distinctly musty and unpleasant
Why is my property more prone to condensation in the winter months?
Unfortunately, homes are much more likely to suffer with condensation problems during the winter months as there is a great temperature difference between the warm inside of your home and the cold outside.
The winter months usually result in homeowners looking to conserve as much heat as possible in order to stay warm, this I turn means that the warm air circulating around your home has no way of getting out. Due to this problem, condensation will begin to form on surfaces that are below the dew point of the surrounding air.
When the temperature of the air drops, it cannot hold all the moisture and tiny drops of water may appear on walls and especially windows
The key to reducing condensation problems in your property is sufficient ventilation but we understand that this can be difficult during the winter months.
How can I help prevent a condensation problem?
- During the Winter you should try to maintain a constant temperature in your home. It is cold air that causes the warm air to release moisture. If the air is all the same temperature then this cannot happen.
- If it is not possible to open windows for ventilation, ensure your drip vents are open to allow airflow.
- When cooking use an extractor fan. Opening the window if possible is a good idea.
- After taking a bath or shower there will be excess moisture in the air. The bathroom windows should be opened and extractor fans turned on. Keep the bathroom door closed as long as possible to ensure excess moisture does not escape to other parts of the property.
- Dry clothes in an enclosed room if not possible to leave outside or if tumble drying, ensure adequate ventilation to the outside of the property.
- Ensure a gap between your furniture and your walls to ensure adequate airflow and prevent the air condensing and producing mould on the walls.
- Check your roof and guttering first for a leak or blockage.
What should I do if I have a condensation problem?
Condensation is directly associated with mould growth. It is this that the occupier sees first, and it gives an indication of the potential scale of the problem.
In situations where a condensation problem is persistent, it may be necessary to employ the services of a professional company to correctly diagnose the factors causing the condensation problem and implement measures to control it.
In some situations and in certain areas of a property condensation can lead to problems of wet/dry rot. This is a very serious problem with risks to a properties structure.
Here at Damp Solutions (preservation) Ltd, we are experts in all damp related issues. we are aware of the damage that condensation within a property can cause when neglected. We offer a no obligation survey in which we will send one of our experienced surveyors to the property to diagnose the extent of the damp problem and advise the best possible treatment for the problem and future prevention. We only use the best and most effective products for guaranteed results.
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