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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. You may wish to speak to one of our condensation experts on 0800 633 5712 who will be able to provide advice and guidance.

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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.

How to treat condensation on walls

Fortunately, treating condensation on walls is often a matter of enacting some simple lifestyle 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 go on to tackle any unsightly damage caused on your walls.  

Cleaning and sterilising your walls should be the next step.  You can either use mould cleaning kits that you can purchase online or use a water and bleach mix. Once you have cleaned and sterilised the areas affected on your walls, you can now think about redecorating.  As a tip, if you have been suffering condensation and mould repeatedly, you might want to consider redecorating using anti condensation paint to help prevent the issue returning.  

If you would like to read more about ways to treat condensation then visit our page on how to stop condensation.

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Peter Cox professional condensation solutions

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 which our technicians can either apply or install in your property to improve air ventilation and prevent condensation forming on your walls.

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 pressure 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 pressure 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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Contact a condensation expert

We have a team of condensation experts standing by at a branch near you who are able to provide help and advise in order to get rid of condensation and get your walls looking fresh and clean again. Give us a call on 0800 633 5712 or contact us online.

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