Condensation

Condensation

Condensation is possibly the most common form of dampness in buildings and can lead to peeling paint and wallpaper, unhealthy living conditions and potentially risky mould growth. It is caused when temperatures inside a property drop. The air then becomes saturated and can no longer hold onto the moisture created and so it migrates to the coldest surfaces, usually walls and windows. Lack of adequate ventilation can lead to a build up of excessive humidity and moisture.

What are the signs of condensation?

Condensation is relatively easy to diagnose. If you notice any of these signs then condensation is most probably the cause:

  • Water droplets on windows or walls
  • Mould on walls, curtains, carpets, bathroom tiles or window sills
  • Decaying window frames, particularly stained and wet corners
  • Damp walls causing peeling wallpaper
  • Musty/damp smells around the property
  • Damaged timber as a result of the wood being wet by damp that could cause wet or dry rot
  • Spots of black mould on walls. Black mould is hazardous to health and if spotted you should contact our specialists at Willow Renovations who can advise quickly how to resolve

How to stop condensation?

There are measures you can take yourself to try and prevent condensation, and in minor cases they might be the best plan of action. Here are some steps you can take to prevent condensation from forming in your home:

  • Ensure there is sufficient ventilation throughout the property, open windows on a daily basis
  • Install a wall vent inside bathrooms/shower rooms or open a window
  • Only dry clothes in well ventilated rooms
  • Move furniture away from walls, especially in humid areas such as bathrooms, kitchens and ensuite bedrooms
  • Place air bricks in outside walls and keep existing air bricks free from blockages
  • Try and maintain a constant temperature in your home as sudden changes cause saturation in the air