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What is condensation?

Frequently found on windows, walls and ceilings, condensation is the name given to the process of water vapour in the air changing into liquid, but how exactly does this occur and why is it in your home?

Activities like boiling water and drying clothes release a lot of water vapour heavy air into the atmosphere of your home, and when this damp air comes into contact with cooler air or a colder surface it is unable to retain the same amount of moisture. As a result, condensation or water droplets begin to form on the cold surface. If allowed to continue unmonitored this can develop into damp problems such as black mould.

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What are the typical causes of condensation?

Typically moisture and condensation in the home 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 property it causes the 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. Modern living standards such as double glazing and insulation may keep us warm, but they can also seal 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 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. For a long term solution to persistent condensation problems, homeowners and landlords might be interested in talking to our condensation specialists about our range of industry approved condensation solutions such as our whole house ventilation systems or anti condensation paint treatment.

Contact us for help regarding condensation

At Peter Cox, we have been helping our customers prevent and reduce condensation since 1951. If you are a homeowner or landlord with a suspected condensation problem then our experts can offer helpful friendly advice and professional solutions to resolve the problem. Simply pick up the phone and give us a call on 0800 633 5712 or get in touch using our contact form below.

In order to provide our professional opinion or services then we do require to speak to the owner of the property, so if you are currently renting then we would advise that you get in touch with your landlord or housing association and ask them to speak to us.

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