A Brief Guide To Condensation And Damp
21 November 2014
Within both domestic and commercial buildings, condensation and damp can cause undue problems for people and it’s important to understand why these issues occur in our homes and businesses. Below, Timberwise has created a short guide to condensation and damp, dispelling any myths and giving you enough information to determine what problems you may be witnessing.
What is condensation?
Condensation affects both new and older buildings, so it’s a common issue throughout. Condensation occurs when the temperature drops and the moisture content within the atmosphere can no longer be held and therefore condenses on colder surfaces. It’s stated that condensation is actually linked to mould growth and accounts for many damp issues that occur (which we’ll address below). Condensation is most commonly thought to appear on windows, but it can appear on many cold surfaces, such as walls, doors, and floors.
Condensation can be prevented so there’s no need to panic. It’s this time of year that people start to notice it more as a problem because it becomes more exaggerated in the colder months. This is linked to lack of ventilation, as people don’t open their windows as often, and may not keep the temperature of the property consistent. If you do start to notice it more or notice a musty smell throughout the building, then there may be damp within your home.
What is damp?
Damp can come in many forms and it’s vital to identify which kind of damp you think you may have: rising damp or penetrating damp.
However, damp that is caused by condensation, which is what we’ll address, is different to the aforementioned types. There must be high levels of surface water (i.e. condensation) and mould growth may occur.
To lessen the effects of condensation and to alleviate the levels of damp and mould it may cause, especially during the winter months, avoid drying clothes on radiators or even use the local launderette. Try to open windows at some point throughout the day, just to bring in some fresh air and ventilate your home.
Keeping bathroom windows and kitchen windows open a crack can really help to ease the effects of condensation and damp, especially in these high-risk areas. You could even install an extractor fan if you prefer keeping the windows shut.
If you need any more help and advice on condensation or damp caused by condensation within your home, contact a member of our team today, on 0800 288 8660. Alternatively, you can complete our online survey request form to arrange a surveyor to visit sorting the problem before Christmas arrives.