Category: Condensation Control

Condensation Control

Everything You Need To Know About Condensation

Condensation is not uncommon.

In fact, most people have experienced some form of in their home at one point of another, especially during winter.

Did you know that 1 in 5 UK homes suffer from condensation problems?

Perhaps not, but you do now. However, when you discover how condensation occurs, it makes sense.

What is condensation?

Condensation appears when warm air collides with cold surfaces or in fact, when there’s too much humidity in your home. When warm air that’s packed with moisture comes into contact with a cold surface, it cools down at a quicker rate and releases the water, which turns into the liquid droplets we then refer to as condensation.

Where does condensation form?

Although we’ve discussed condensation forming on chilly surfaces, it can actually form on any surface. It’s more commonly seen on surfaces that are non-absorbent; surfaces in your home such as bathroom tiles, bathroom suites and windows. Don’t forget that just because you can’t see it, it doesn’t mean it isn’t there! Condensation can be quickly absorbed by household furnishings and upholstery, so condensation on windows can also means condensation on your bedspread, carpets and curtains! If you’re concerned that condensation may be an issue, it’s best to seek the help of a professional to put your mind at rest and restore your property.

What actually causes condensation?

Believe it or not, it’s nothing out of the ordinary that causes condensation in your home. Actually, it’s quite the opposite. Everyday activities such as drying clothes, washing up, cooking and showering can all causes condensation that could damage your home. Without adequate ventilation, you’d soon notice issues in your home which could even lead to worse problems, such as damp. You can actually prevent condensation in your home yourself by following this easy guide.

Why is condensation worse when it’s cold?

It’s no secret that during winter months, people spend more time indoors that they do outside. Keeping your home warm during December months can in itself cause issues when adequate ventilation isn’t available, not to mention others household activities such as using a tumble dryer, can contribute to the cause of condensation. Naturally, with all this going on in the home, moisture and humidity levels increase, and we’re not opening our windows to allow for natural ventilation. Be aware!

What kind of health risks does condensation pose?

The health risks posed by condensation aren’t dissimilar to those that can be caused by damp, and babies and elderly people should be considered with due caution due to their weaker immune systems. Condensation can contribute to, and cause problems, to people with allergies or respiratory issues such as asthma or bronchitis, so it’s vital to not allow any condensation or damp issues to be left alone or forgotten about.

What damage can condensation do to my property?

Condensation can cause a number of issues to your home if left untreated, even over a short period of time you may start to notice changes to your home. Of course, there are strong indicators of damp and condensation which include but are not limited to: black mould, peeling wallpaper and damp patches. Other tell-tale signs of condensation in your home can include: black mould around window seals, water droplets on window and kitchen counters, etc.

How can I prevent condensation in my home?

There are obviously many ways to prevent condensation in your home but the most important is to make sure that your property has adequate ventilation, and that any opportunities to ventilate to your home are taken e.g. after you’ve had a shower or bath, open the window to allow the additional moisture and humidity in the air to escape. If you believe your home might have an issue with damp or condensation, we would always recommend having your home assessed by a professional to pinpoint the causes of condensation and more importantly, the preventative measures to take.

Thinking about condensation control for your home? Get Keith Rennie to assess your property, he will thoroughly survey the condensation issue and make a full assessment on works required to repair any damage. Contact Keith Rennie today!

Condensation Control

How NOT To Prevent Condensation In Your Home

What IS Condensation?

Condensation is possibly the most common form of dampness you can find in your home, and occurs when warm, moist air meets a cold surface. This is why people often see condensation on their windows and it is often found in both kitchens and bathrooms, where ventilation can be restricted.

Condensation, although it may seem like a small issue, can cause big problems within your property. It can cause damp patches to appear on your walls, in addition to causing wallpaper to peel, and creating a build-up of water and moisture on windows.

There is a long list of the effects of condensation and it’s important to be able to spot the problem quickly and seek a professional to fix and prevent the problem from reoccurring. A lot of people try their hand at managing condensation in their home, and without knowledge of the root problem or how their efforts might work out, they actually end up making the issue worse.

If you’re hoping to manage a condensation issue before seeking the help of a professional, be sure to avoid doing the following:

Heating Your Home on a High Setting Once Daily

It’s no surprise that many people put their heating on when they come in from work on a very high setting so that the house warms up quickly, then they proceed to turn it off. However, this can cause big condensation problems in your home. To avoid this, rather than letting temperatures go from one extreme to another, try and keep your home at a constant temperature, not to mention that heating a cold house (rather than a warm house) uses more energy.

Using Extractor Fans Incorrectly

When you’ve finished cooking in the kitchen, or showering in the bathroom, it’s important that you leave your extractor fan running for around fifteen minutes afterwards. There will still be moisture in the air that you can’t see. By turning the extractor fan off too soon, you’re leaving the room at risk of developing serious condensation problems. If you don’t have an extractor fan in your kitchen or bathroom, be sure to keep a window open as this will have a similar effect.

Placing Furniture Flush Against Walls

Whether it’s a cupboard, a bookcase, a bed, a settee, or any other type of furniture, do not push it right up against the wall. If air becomes trapped between said furniture and the wall, it could quickly condense and would eventually form mould. To prevent this from occurring, you should always try and leave a small gap between the walls and the furniture to stop black mould from appearing and causing issues.

Putting Wet Items on Hot Radiators

Normally, your clothes come out of the washing machine damp, but certainly not soaked. If you find yourself often hanging wet items on radiators throughout your home, all that moisture will evaporate back into your home. Where possible, hang washing outside, tumble dry or ensure that items aren’t sodden if they are placed on radiators around your home. This will work to prevent any issues with condensation in the future.

Thinking about condensation control for your home? Get Keith Rennie to assess your property, he will thoroughly survey the condensation issue and make a full assessment on works required to repair any damage. Contact Keith Rennie today!