Do you smell an unpleasant smell in your bedroom? Do you see mould growing on your window frames? It could be a sign of Condensation….
Living in a property affected by damp and mould formation with a damp smell makes for an uncomfortable and unhealthy home. Damp problems must be sorted out immediately after encountering them. Condensation also destroys plasterwork, the interior walls, window frames and timber including skirting boards. Condensation is witnessed in all buildings during winter when cold air condenses on the surface of the materials.
Condensation is usually witnessed during winter months and is caused due to poor heating and ventilation in the building. Also there are many reasons for the mould to appear and infest. During winter for instance, air inside the building is made warm and as the warm air comes into contact with the cold surfaces like walls and windows, it cools down below the dew point and condensation occurs.
Preventing condensation involves proper ventilation and heating of your home, to release moist air from the rooms. Condensation disappears after cold months. Hence it is advisable to stay alert during the winter months to overcome any condensation problems.
Kitchens and bathrooms are more prone to condensation than other rooms in the house. Dehumidifiers in the home can prevent condensation forming as it draws in air, cools it and reheats it to recirculate.
Our experts at London Damp Specialists Ltd will quickly assess the dampness in your home, diagnose the exact source and type of dampness and medicate treatment to safeguard your property and the health of its occupants.
Expert analyzing and accurate treatment prolongs the longevity of the building and promotes a healthy dwelling aswell as saving money on misdiagnosis. Call the experts at London Damp Specialists Ltd to eradicate the damp immediately by calling us on Outer London 020 8528 3864 or Inner London 020 7458 4864.
Condensation can be verified by sealing the room with a dehumidifier to run for a recommended time and measuring air humidity and temperature with humiditect cards and meters and other instruments.
If the dampness disappears, then condensation is the issue. Condensation can be exacerbated by poor ventilation and heating and the symptoms include water droplets on windows and walls with dark mould appearance and an unpleasant odour. Condensation damages paint and plaster with mould patches and decays window frames and skirting boards.
Preventing condensation problems involve proper ventilation to free the room from moist air and to improve the heating facility to maintain constant temperature not affecting the humidity levels. Zones in the house where condensation will mostly occur is in the kitchen and bathrooms. Solid external walls, insulated solid floors and cold bridges like concrete lintels in cavity walls must be fitted with small extractor fans to suck out moist air from condensing. The best way to keep condensation low and prevent mould growth is to wipe away the water droplets with a cloth after finding them and allowing a passage of air in places of little air movement. Eliminating unwanted cold surfaces, usage of special insulations to the outside wall and inside cavity walls to improve thermal dynamics may help overcome condensation. Introducing a dehumidifier is acceptable to prevent condensation as it draws in air, cools it removing moisture and reheats to re-circulate.
Faulty ventilation inside the room causes condensation to appear. Blocking off air vents, windows, and other exits cause condensation. Natural ventilation by unblocking or opening the windows often reduces the condensing effect. Different heating temperatures induce condensation in other rooms and so intermittent heating improves nil condensation and prevents mould growth. Usually places of high condensation can be fitted with small extractor fans to suck out the warm air from the inside to settle on cold surfaces. Cavity walls and solid walls hold tiny water droplets after condensation and so insulating with special insulation materials can prevent condensation. Maintaining adequate room temperatures and wiping the water droplets at once will minimize the mould formation and condensation to happen. Places of little air movement causes condensation and this can be reduced by fitting dehumidifiers that cools down air before re-circulating it as warm air.
Condensation disappears after cold months. Hence it is advisable to stay alert during the months of winter to overcome condensation.