Published on: 23rd July 2018
Most people in the UK have suffered with the dreaded condensation issue at some point in time, especially during those freezing cold winter months. Well there’s no need to worry, if this defect has been driving you crazy then you’re in luck. We have finally prepared the complete guide on how to diagnose, treat, and prevent one of the most annoying defects found in buildings.
What is Condensation? – The science behind it!
Condensation is produced when warm moist air containing water vapour comes into contact with a cooler surface or the temperature of the air within your property reaches its dew point – the point the air reaches full saturation. This will result in the warm air losing its ability to hold moisture and condensing to a liquid form, usually on a window or cold external wall. If condensation is occurring regularly within your home, this can cause serious damp problems and black mould growth to form on the internal surfaces. The black mould growth is the key indicator for diagnosing condensation, however we will go further into detail later.
Condensation, is one of the most common forms of dampness found within a property. It is so common, that one in five homes in the UK suffer from condensation issues. However, taking this into consideration it is an often underestimated cause of damage to buildings and your health too.
If excessive amounts of water vapour are being produced within your home, this can cause severe issues to the building fabric causing deterioration of the building materials. All materials susceptible to moisture can be affected by condensation in your home, including your new oak wardrobe and all its contents which are now sadly ruined.
So, if condensation is left to thrive, fungal and black mould growth can occur which will not only damage your building, but it can cause major health issues to you and your family. Once mould has begun to form within your property, the fragments or spores will be released into the air. When they are inhaled, this can cause serious health problems such as inflammation of the airways, nasal congestion, wheezing, chest tightness, coughing and throat irritation to name a few. The mould growth in your building can be so dangerous and according to the World Health Organization a considerable proportion of the world’s 300 million cases of childhood asthma is attributable to exposure to indoor dampness and mold.
Therefore, to ensure you, your family and your home are safe, it is important to keep in mind that there will always be water in the air, although we may not be able to see it. So, in order to defeat your condensation issues controlling the moisture is key…
Click the links below to find out more about what causes condensation, how to diagnose it and most importantly how to treat it.