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Condensation Control

WHAT IS CONDENSATION?

Condensation is perhaps the most common form of dampness in building and can lead to peeling decorations, unhealthy living conditions and potentially risky mould growth.
When temperatures inside a property drop, the air becomes saturated and can no longer hold onto the moisture created in homes and so it migrates to the coldest surfaces – such and walls and windows.
Lack of adequate ventilation and modern occupancy styles can lead to a build up of excessive humidity and moisture. This poor indoor air quality can lead to serious health issues for asthma and allergy sufferers and those with breathing difficulties.

What are the signs and symptoms of condensation?

condensation decay on window frame

Peter Cox surveyors found this decaying window frame to be a result of condensation

Fortunately for homeowners, condensation can be relatively easy to diagnose and detect. If you notice any of these signs then condensation is a probable cause:

  • Water droplets on windows or walls
  • Mould on walls, curtains, carpets, bathroom tiles and window sills
  • Decaying window frames, particularly stained and wet corners
  • Damp walls causing peeling wallpaper
  • Musty/damp smells around the property
  • Spots of black mould on walls. Note: Black mould is hazardous to health and if spotted you should contact experts at Peter Cox immediately.

Have you detected signs and symptoms of condensation? If so, contact your local Peter Cox branch on 0808 256 1315 or fill out a contact form to arrange for a survey and to find out about our innovative solutions to remove and protect against condensation.

HOW CAN PETER COX HELP?

At Peter Cox, we are passionate about providing good indoor air to everyone, which is why we offer a wide and varied range of eco-friendly and innovative ventilation systems, designed to deliver homes with fresh, filtered air.

Here are some of the solutions we offer to combat condensation:

fresh filtered air

Fresh filtered air is circulated round the whole house

Dry Air Whole House Ventilation System

The Peter Cox Dry Air Whole House Ventilation units are designed to ventilate the property quietly from a position in the loft or on a landing in a house or the central hallway in a bungalow or apartment. By introducing fresh air into the building and circulating it gently around the property, stagnant stale atmospheres are transformed into healthy and condensation free environments. The units are designed to run continuously, replacing moisture laden air with clean tempered and filtered air, forcing contaminates out of the building through natural cracks and leakages and also by working in conjunction with our unique Thermo Save ‘Heat Recovery Units’.

Extractor Fan from Peter CoxExtractor Fans

Ideal for high humidity locations, the Peter Cox filterless extract fans are small enough for the bathroom but have more than enough power for kitchens. These units are now the first choice for housing associations and will evacuate moisture laden air to the outside quickly and efficiently.

Warmerwall

An anti-condensation paint that provides an all-round solution for homeowners, preventing condensation by controlling heat flow. Warmerwall uses hollow Glass Bubble Technology that essentially uses heat from inside the room to keep the walls warm – so moisture from saturated air won’t form condensation on walls.

HOW TO STOP CONDENSATION?

Condensation on bathroom ceiling

Open windows in bathrooms to prevent mould forming on ceilings and tiles

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:

  1. Ensure there is sufficient ventilation throughout the property, open windows on a daily basis
  2. Install a wall vent inside bathroom/shower rooms, or open a small window
  3. Only dry clothes in well ventilated rooms
  4. Move furniture away from walls, especially in humid areas such as bathrooms, kitchens and en-suite bedrooms
  5. Have airbricks placed in outside walls, and keep existing airbricks free from blockages
  6. Try and maintain a constant temperature in your home – the sudden changes are what causes saturation in the air

 

If you’ve tried these solutions and are still having condensation and damp problems in your home or have spotted black mould, book a damp survey or contact the specialists at Peter Cox on 0808 256 1315 today.