Condensation damage on interior walls

Condensation on walls

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Condensation on walls

Condensation can appear on any wall in the property if there is inadequate air ventilation in the building. Warm humid air produced through everyday activities such as cooking and bathing is trapped in the atmosphere and finds its way onto the walls and wallpaper where it releases water droplets that can ultimately damage paint, plaster or wallpaper and lead to potential health hazards.  

Although common in high humidity rooms like the kitchen and bathroom, condensation on your walls can be a sign that there is a more serious problem in your home.

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Do I have condensation on my walls?

While most of us will be familiar with condensation appearing on windows or glass after an activity like showering or cooking that releases a lot of moisture into the air, when condensation then starts to appear on the walls this can be an indicator that it has developed from a nuisance into a problem.

You should pay special attention if you begin to notice the appearance of damp patches on walls or wallpaper beginning to peel from the wall . This may be accompanied by an unpleasant damp, musty smell beginning to permeate the room. If left untreated condensation on your walls can create the perfect environment for various types of black mould to begin to germinate. It is recommended that if you see black mould beginning to form on your walls then you should take action.

DIY ways to treat condensation on walls

Fortunately, treating condensation on walls is often a matter of enacting some simple changes that increase the air ventilation and circulation in the home. If you are not currently doing so, you may want to try some of the following recommendations to help minimise the amount of moisture within the property:

  • Keep your windows open as regularly as possible.
  • Check your vents or air bricks to ensure that they are clear.
  • Dry clothes outside if possible.
  • Make use of extractor fans in the kitchen and bathroom.
  • Try to leave a gap of at least 100mm between furniture and the wall surface in order to allow circulation.

Once you have managed to reduce the levels of condensation moisture within the property, you can then redecorate or begin to tackle any unsightly damaged caused to your walls. If you would like to read more about ways to treat condensation then visit our page on how to stop condensation.

Professional condensation solutions for homeowners

If you have tried all of our recommendations yet persistent condensation is still causing you problems then you may wish to read about our professional condensation solutions. Homeowners and landlords can contact our condensation specialists for advice and arrange for an experienced and fully qualified damp surveyor to inspect the property to investigate your condensation problem.

Upon completion of the survey, they will then consult with you about the best course of action to take in order to remedy the situation. If necessary we can then arrange for our team of expert technicians to attend the property and apply one of our trade body approved condensation treatments.

Professional mould cleaning

In partnership with Rentokil Specialist Hygiene we are able to provide domestic, commercial and social housing cleaning services for mould issues.

The development of mould growth is a tell-tale sign that is frequently associated with excess moisture production and condensation.

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Anti condensation paint

Once applied to your walls, our anti condensation paint prevents condensation by creating a thermal barrier and controlling heat flow so moisture from saturated air won’t form condensation on walls. Find out more about anti condensation paint.

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Positive input ventilation

Designed to ventilate the entire house quietly from a position in the loft, hallway or landing in a house. Our positive pressure ventilation system can transform damp stagnant conditions into healthy condensation free environments. Find out more about positive input ventilation.

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Heat recovery ventilation

Our innovative heat recovery ventilation units are the perfect solution for combating condensation in high humidity areas of the house while the state of the art heat exchange system enables you to save energy costs. Find out more about heat recovery ventilation.

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Anti-condensation thermal plastering

Our anti-condensation thermal plastering system for solid walls can help prevent cold spots where condensation issues can occur. This system allows walls to be insulated without costly alterations to skirting boards, windows, covings and radiators. The system reduces heat loss of up to 40% through 9 inch brick walls. Find out more about anti-condensation thermal plastering.

Contact a condensation expert

For tenants who suspect condensation may be to blame for the appearance of damp on their walls then it is strongly advised that you should contact your landlord or housing association and inform them of your concerns.

If you own the property in question and DIY solutions have not worked then please get in contact with your locally based Peter Cox condensation experts to discuss installing a ventilation unit suitable for the home. Our specialists are standing by in order to provide the help, advice and treatment you need to get rid of condensation and return your walls to their natural fresh and clean state. Give us a call on today or click the button below to book a survey online.

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