As homeowners we can sometimes struggle to find the right balance allowing for adequate condensation control; mainly ensuring that every room is properly heated and ventilated. Most people will be familiar with main symptom of a condensation problem: dampness. In the vast majority of cases, the occurrence of dampness can be traced back to a lack of condensation control. In its most innocent manifestation, the homeowner may find growths of mould. But in severe cases it can lead to an infestation of bugs, such as silverfish; even the development of respiratory problems.
What is condensation control?
Condensation control is about creating the optimal conditions in your home – conditions that will inhibit or prevent dampness from occurring or spreading. Most everyday household activities naturally generate some form of humidity – such as drying clothes and cooking – that soon condenses into moisture as it comes into contact with cold surfaces (such as a window, mirror, or walls). The effects are amplified in winter, as we generally close our windows and restrict the circulation of air.
Problems with condensation control are common in Britain and increasingly so, with around one in five households likely to be affected. Many of our older houses suffer from condensation on and even within the walls, and many newer developments – despite being consciously built to tackle condensation – ironically end up more vulnerable as we strive nationally for greater energy efficiency: double-glazing, loft installation, etc., all reduces ventilation in our homes.
If you have noticed damp spots in the house, then the most likely culprit is a lack of condensation control. In fact, it is estimated that around 70 per cent of instances involving dampness in the home can be blamed on factors including poor ventilation that allow condensation to occur.
What can you do in the meantime?
If you feel you have a condensation problem, the most sensible action would be to seek an expert consultation, in order for a proper diagnosis to be achieved. That way you can be sure what you are up against.
If in the meantime, you are focused on damage limitation, then there are some short-term approaches that can be utilised to alleviate the problem. The most obvious step would be to open the windows, though this may not always be desirable (it being in the middle of winter) or practical (if you’re out of the house for long periods of time). This will, however, improve ventilation and withdraw moisture out of the air. You could also work to regularly clear the condensation manually, so it doesn’t develop into mould or something more damaging. This can be achieved with a towel, tissues, even a vacuum cleaner.
Remember, it is always most sensible, and most recommended, to seek an expert consultation – just to be on the safe side. If a condensation problem is left untreated for too long, to the point where significant damage is allowed to occur, then the cost of repair can stretch in to hundreds of pounds. But damp prevention – or quick treatment at first sight of the problem – often means the issue can be solved quickly and cheaply.
How we can help.
Cemplast Preservation provides damp proofing surveys to all of our homeowners, and this can help us determine if there is a condensation problem in your home. Our surveys are to the highest standard and quality, allowing us to work closely with our customers and provide the very best options suitable for them. And the best part is – our surveys are free!
If we find there is a problem – don’t worry. Our experts will soon come up with a master plan, and your home will soon be restored to its former glory.