Condensation appears when high levels of humid air is trapped within a building room, where deficient ventilation does not allow it to escape. This moisture then condenses when it comes into contact with cold surfaces such as windows or walls, ultimately leading to mould growth. Improving your homes insulation, double glazing and draught proofing can reduce the natural ventilation in your home and therefore lead to the development of water vapour.
What is Condensation?
Air can only hold a certain amount of moisture or water vapour. The hotter the environment is the warmer the air is and the more it can hold. If this air is then cooled by contact with a cold surface, for instance a window, mirror, metal door frame or outside wall the vapour becomes water droplets and that is when condensation is created.
Everyday activities like washing dishes, bathing or just breathing, releases large amounts of moisture into the air. A family of 4 can produce approximately 14 litres of water a day.
Build up Signs of Condensation
Condensation is most apparent during the colder winter months of May to August, when your home windows are generally kept closed to keep the warmth from the heaters and fire places in. Visible places condensation can appear, apart from windows, are cold walls, floors and steel door frames. Sometimes it can arise in hidden areas such as the space between the roof and ceiling or under wooden floors. Wooden floors in these particular areas may become vulnerable to rot issues. Most homes and businesses will suffer from some form of condensation through its life time.
- Damaged and peeling paint
- Black Mould
- Blistering paint
- Damp odour
How to stop Condensation & its Harmful Effects
There are a few steps you can take to reduce the possibility of condensation becoming a problem in your home.
- Try to keep a constant low level background heating, this will help to ensure no rapid temperature changes and keeping wall surfaces warm.
- Try not to dry wet clothes indoors
- Whenever you cooking, cover pots and pans, don’t leave kettles boiling and use an extractor fan so all moisture in the air is removed.
The mould that comes from condensation has spores and their microscopic spores are often powdery and become airborne whenever somebody rubs up against it. These microscopic spores are then breathed in by humans and have been seen as the trigger for asthma.
Let us a The Damp Proof Company assist in helping you understand condensation and its harmful effects, we can clear and treat all affected areas in your home with our highly trained staff no task is to big.