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What is condensation?

Condensation is the most common cause of damp and can occur in any building, old or new. But what is condensation?

Condensation occurs when saturated warm air comes into contact with cooler air or a colder surface. As warm air holds more moisture than cold air, when it comes into contact with a colder surface it is unable to retain the same amount of moisture. This causes water to be released onto the surface, resulting in condensation. This can happen on windows, walls and ceilings and can lead to damp problems leading to problems such as black mould.

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What are the typical causes of condensation?

The typical causes of condensation can come from a variety of sources however, the most common source of moisture originates from unavoidable everyday activities such as:

  • Cooking
  • Boiling a kettle
  • Taking a shower
  • Washing and drying clothes
  • General washing
  • Certain forms for heating such as paraffin and gas heaters
  • Even simply breathing adds moisture to the air

As moisture from these activities is released into the atmosphere it causes the property atmosphere to be more humid. However, as the room air temperature drops, the ability for air to hold moisture reduces. At this point the air becomes too saturated leading to water droplets (condensation) forming on cold surfaces.  This in turn leads to issues such as condensation on walls and condensation in lofts.

The buildup of excessive humidity and moisture is exacerbated by a lack of air ventilation in the building and modern living standards such as double glazing and insulation sealing humid, damp air inside the property. To find out more, visit our what causes condensation web page.

Can condensation cause health problems?

If left to fester, condensation can lead to the growth of black mould around walls, ceilings, around windows and in the loft. Some species of black mould are known to cause a some health issues including respiratory problems, skin irritation and nausea. To be clear though, health risks from black mould will only affect certain vulnerable groups of people.

What to do about condensation?

Minor cases of condensation are relatively easy to solve by putting into practice some simple measures around the home in order to reduce the amount of moisture you release into the air and increase ventilation in the building. Take a look at out top tips and hints how to stop condensation

More serious cases will often lead to unsightly property damage like peeling and blistering wallpaper, repulsive musty smells lingering in affected rooms and potentially develop into an infestation of black mould. If you are concerned about condensation then take a look at our condensation solutions to find out how we can help you.

Contact us for help regarding condensation

At Peter Cox, we have been helping our customers prevent and reduce condensation since 1951. We have been helping to lead the way with innovative solutions to help alleviate and treat condensation and been at the forefront of the industry to help drive more awareness and new treatment solutions. If you have a condensation problem, then simply pick up the phone and give us a call on 0800 633 5712 or contact us on one of our local branch numbers.

Alternatively, for some help and advice or if you want to organise a condensation survey, get in touch using our contact form below. Our experts can offer helpful friendly advice on how to treat rising damp.

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