What is condensation?
Condensation caused by everyday living
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Condensation is caused when warm, damp air (humidity) is released into the atmosphere of our homes and is unable to disperse outside. This normally happens because a lack of ventilation in the property allows this water laden air to come into contact with cold surfaces such as windows and walls where it will condense.
With regards to how that damp air enters the home, it is estimated that a family of four will produce the equivalent of 100 pints of water a week through routine activities like boiling water, cooking, bathing and washing or drying clothes indoors.
Whilst condensation occurs in every home, the leading cause of condensation developing is a lack of proper ventilation and circulation in the property.
As we increasing look to insulate our homes through double/triple glazing, draft proofing, etc; it has the knock on effect of trapping moist air within a property. Without a source of air ventilation that would help to naturally push the damp air out of the property, it instead becomes trapped. Eventually, the moist air will come into contact with a colder surface long enough for the dew point to drop, resulting in condensation water beads forming. Given time, this condensation moisture will develop into property problems like black mould.
Condensation is known to effect properties more in the colder months from October to April (known as condensation season) than it is during the summer period (however brief that may be!).
Since we naturally prefer to stay warm by turning up the central heating and keeping our windows closed when it is cold outside, we introduce greater levels of humidity into the home. When the outside temperature drops you may start to see water appear inside your home, especially on windows, walls and in the loft.
More often than not, simple lifestyle choices can go a long way to helping alleviate the cause of condensation. Following our helpful hints and tips will provide you with ways to improve ventilation in the home and significantly reduce the amount of condensation causing humid air you release into your property. Visit our how to stop condensation page for an invaluable free guide on what you can do.
If you have already followed our advice and information yet find your condensation problems still persist then Peter Cox has a fantastic range of eco-friendly and innovative air ventilation systems and anti condensation treatments designed to tackle the most stubborn cases of condensation and fill your home with fresh, clean and dry air. You can find out more about our range of professional services on our condensation solutions page. However, it should be noted that in a rented property we would be required to speak to the owner of the property before continuing with our condensation solutions.
If you feel that your condensation issue is getting out of hand and you are a homeowner or landlord then our team are here to give you all the advice you need and, if necessary we can arrange for one of our industry accredited surveyors to investigate the problem. Simply give us a call on 0800 633 5712, or contact us online using the 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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