The effects of condensation on walls with black mould

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Condensation problems

These days, it is very common to experience condensation problems within our property. With the continuous drive to insulate our homes to make them more energy efficient, it unfortunately has had the knock on effect of trapping damp air within our properties.

That being said, condensation is unlikely to make your wall or roof collapse.  However, condensation has the potential to develop into a wide variety of problems that may result with your property requiring expensive redecoration or repair work. If left untreated condensation can also create an environment that encourages harmful forms of fungal black mould to germinate that, alongside being a known health hazard, can cause damage to furniture, fabrics, and fixtures.

If it is the case that you have had a condensation problem for a while and you are concerned or struggling to resolve the issue, then it is certainly something a damp specialist like ourselves can help you resolve. Feel free to get in touch on 0800 633 5712 or click on the contact us button below for some help and advice.

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What do condensation problems look like?

Generally condensation problems are relatively easy to diagnose and detect. If you notice any of these signs then as a ‘rule of thumb’ you likely have a problem with condensation:

  • Water droplets on windows or walls
  • Decaying window frames, particularly stained & wet corners
  • Damp walls causing peeling wallpaper
  • Musty/damp smells around the property
  • Black mould on walls, curtains, carpets, bathroom tiles and window sills
  • Water droplets on felt and timber in the loft possibly leading to rot

Does condensation cause health problems?

Whilst condensation itself is naturally occuring and often harmless, it can become problematic if left untreated. If an excess of condensation is repeatedly allowed to build up then this will create a damp and musty environment that is exactly the type of conditions that fungal black mould requires to germinate. Some species (Stachybotrys chartarum) are known to pose a risk to your health with certain types of vulnerable people such as the very young or those those who already suffer from respiratory problems.

How to solve your condensation problems

Condensation problems are a bit like toothache.  The longer you leave it the worse the problem becomes. Without addressing and attempting to solve your condensations problems the situation will only deteriorate.

On our how to stop condensation page we have outlined free various measures you can take to reduce condensation around the home by increasing ventilation and circulation, such as:

  • Keeping windows open to increase ventilation
  • Do not dry clothes indoors or on radiators, this releases large amounts of water vapour
  • Keep pots and pans covered while cooking

If you are concerned that your condensation problems are already at a stage where you need to seek professional assistance from one of our fully qualified and accredited experts then do not hesitate to book a condensation survey where our team will advise on the most appropriate condensation solution for your home and provide a bespoke treatment programme to solve your condensation problems.

Contact the condensation experts

If you feel that you need to speak with our condensation specialists then give your local branch a call on 0800 633 5712 or fill out the contact us form below.

We have been helping our customers solve their condensation problems since our formation in 1951 and we would love to use our unmatched industry expertise and knowledge to help reinvigorate your property with fresh, clean and condensation free air.

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