Condensation Control and Solutions
Condensation is a common problem found in households across the UK. Usually, condensation will appear in a home when the property experiences a lack of balance between the heating within the property, and the ventilation available.
There are measures you can take on your own to alleviate condensation, but often people find that these methods don’t compare to professionally installed condensation control solutions that are available.
The best way to control condensation is through the installation of positive pressure systems and mechanical extractor fans which will provide good air quality and ensure the right levels of humidity within the property. Having a ventilation system installed at your property will ensure condensation problems are kept to a minimum. The most important factor when dealing with condensation is to not only treat the problem but also make sure the root cause of condensation is identified and controlled.
How is Condensation Formed?
Condensation is formed when there is a lack of adequate ventilation within the property. When warm, moist air comes into contact with cool air, or a cold surface, the warm air is unable to retain the moisture it contains as a gas, and that moisture is released in the form of condensation.
This is particularly visible on surfaces such as walls and windows, and this condensation can easily lead to further damp-related problems within the property.
When is Condensation Control Required?
Condensation is usually easy to notice, and even easier to spot when it forms on non-absorbent surfaces like windows or tiles. On more absorbent surfaces, however, it may go unnoticed until mould growth or damage to decorative finishes occurs.
Mould growth is a property affliction that you will find easy to self-diagnose. The telltale black, blotchy fungus that crops up in areas of high humidity accompanied by the well known musty smell that accompanies black mould makes it very hard to ignore.
When you realise mould is growing inside your property, its probably past time to consult with the experts on condensation control solutions.
How To Control Condensation Within a Property
One of the key factors for controlling condensation is the control of the humidity within the property. Adjusting the heating within the property and using a dehumidifier will assist in improving the condensation issue. Making these improvements will only ever provide a short-term solution to condensation. To get rid of condensation you need to identify the root cause of the problem as opposed to masking the problem.
There are a few simple treatments to help control condensation levels within properties:
- Dry clothes outside whenever possible. Avoid drying clothes on radiators or rooms in the house where there is no ventilation. The moisture from the wet clothes has to go somewhere!
- Improving the heat and general insulation within the property.
- Preventing excess moisture in the air spreading (For example, shut the bathroom when showering and kitchen door when cooking).
- Avoid if possible using portable or LPG gas heaters. These types of heater are the cause of many condensation problems in properties.
- Using bleach and other such products to remove mould does not work as it does not kill the mould spores. Using a professional mould eradication kit will kill the mould spores for good. However, if the root cause of the condensation issue is not identified the mould will return.
- Our own anti-condensation paint, ThermalTek, can help to reduce the build up of condensation on walls.
- A mould eradication kit is ideal for properties with that have a mild condensation mould problem. The kit includes everything needed to remove mould from surfaces and alleviate the unsightly problems of mould.
- Opening windows and doors where there is potential for high moisture-laden air to occur.
How Positive Ventilation Systems Control Condensation?
The list above of prevention methods are only temporary solutions to the problem, having a ventilation system fitted such as PIV (Positive Input Ventilation) provides a more long term solution. These are the most popular solution to solve condensation issues as they are easy to install. We would highly recommend having a Positive Input Ventilation System (also known as a Positive Pressure System) installed in your property to assist with condensation control.
Positive Pressure Systems are especially effective where the owner of the property does not live in the property and there are tenants are living in the house. Timberwise can install Positive Pressure Ventilation systems at your property which will supply fresh filtered air throughout the property. This is a great solution for providing a healthy living space, especially in flats where condensation is a regular problem.
Positive Ventilation Systems in houses that work the same way as they do in flats have the added advantage of the control unit being concealed within the loft space.
Heat Recovery Ventialtion systems are a perfect solution for reducing condensation for areas where there are high humidity levels within the property. Not only does this system extract the damp moisture laden air but also 75 % of heat that would be lost normally from extractor fans, would be recovered which can lead to savings on energy bills. Heat Recovery Ventilation systems provide the perfect treatment for condensation in high humidity areas such as the bathroom or kitchen.
How Can We Help with Providing Condensation Solutions?
The most reliable solution to controlling condensation is through improving air quality by removing moisture laden air and ensuring that there is fresh filtered air through the property.
At Timberwise, we provide a range of solutions for condensation control from extractor fans to positive pressure systems. We have an experienced team of condensation specialists across England, Wales and Scotland on hand to provide expert advice on what the best condensation solution is for you and your property. You can contact us online or simply calling on 0800 288 8660.