Have you ever woken up in the morning, opened the curtains and been faced with a collection of droplets on your windows perhaps with a little puddle of water on the windowpane. This is known as condensation and can affect the windows all over and throughout your home including your living room, kitchen, bathroom and bedrooms.
Condensation damp is a regular occurrence in older buildings. That being said, even the newest, best designed and well-maintained properties experience condensation on windows and condensation damp problems.
Condensation in the home is a massive issue for people all over the country, especially when the winter weather strikes. When properties are badly affected it results in dampness spreading throughout the home and also mould growth.
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Do I have condensation problems?
If you have any of the signs mentioned below then there is a high chance that your property is suffering from issues stemming from condensation.
- Your windows will be covered in droplets, the water will then have run down the windows and left a pool of water below the window. This will be a regular occurrence, and you may have to repeatedly mop up the water with a towel.
- Your walls will be wet to the touch. You may be able to see the moisture on the walls from a distance or only notice it when you run your hands over the surface.
- You will notice damp areas on the walls. This will often happen in the corner of rooms, underneath windows and in patches across the room.
- Sometimes you won’t be able to physically see the damp but instead, you will notice wallpaper peeling and bubbling. When this wallpaper is removed it will areas of damp.
- Damp and moist areas are the perfect conditions for mould to grow in. Mold growth within the home should be prevented or controlled by controlling moisture indoors.
- Musty smell on clothes which are kept in wardrobes is another sign that there is damp in your bedroom. Also a general musty smell within the air.
The most common form of dampness is debatably condensation. This is very likely to result in the growth of mould if not tackled quickly. The build up on indoor surfaces over a long time can result in more severe issues and affect your properties smell and appearance. In addition to this damp and mould can have detrimental effects on your health which can cause or worsen certain illnesses.
Condensation Damp – Cures
By producing less water in your home the chance of condensation on windows and walls and surfaces is decreased. You can do this by:
- Always cooking with the lids on when in the kitchen and having the heat on a low setting when the water has boiled.
- Using an extractor fan when cooking and when in the bathroom. This should eliminate the condensation is the air, not allowing it to settle on surfaces.
- Dry washing outdoors when the weather permits. Drying clothes on the radiator can cause problems.
- When using a tumble dryer ensure the unit is vented to the outside.
Ventilating your home is essential if you want to avoid issues caused by condensation on windows and condensation damp
- If possible, always close the doors when cooking and using the bathroom.This will reduce the amount of vapour laden air circulating around the house.
- It is important to allow space to circulate around any confined spaces and large bits of furniture.
- Try not to overfill cupboards, drawers and wardrobes because this decreasing air circulation and can lead to condensation damp.
Heating your home more often can decrease your chances of condensation on windows and condensation damp
- Having the central heating on a low setting all day whether people are in the property or not can reduce condensation.
- Having radiators in the correct places and of the correct size can play a big part in curing condensation. Heating engineers can assist with this and will calculate the correct BTU (British thermal unit) that is necessary for each room you experience condensation.
- Having thermostatic valves on the radiators will help control heating and costs.
- Keep the heating system on a regular balanced cycle, (19°c -21°c is ideal) with all radiators functioning in all rooms during those colder winter months.
We believe that here at Biocraft South West we lead the way when it comes to damp proofing solutions, and pride ourselves on our customer satisfaction.
If you’re having trouble with condensation, damp and moisture in your home and would like professional and impartial advice on what action to take, then do not hesitate to get in touch with our damp proofing specialists today! 01793 272085.
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