What is condensation
What is condensation? Simply, condensation is the moisture caused by everyday living and occurs when warm moist air comes into contact with cooler air, or a cold surface, which is at a lower temperature. It is by far the most common form of damp in our properties today.
However, it is when moisture vapour from condensation is allowed to build up over a period of time within your property that you begin to see examples of damage caused to walls, fabrics, floors and ceilings from condensation. Along with the unsightly black mould typically associated with condensation, the smell of damp will also be present making a property a very unhealthy place to live in.
Thankfully, condensation is typically a winter problem however, with a growing demand for better insulation and new forms of double glazing, it has become an ever growing pest in our properties.
How is condensation caused?
Condensation moisture in the air can come from a variety of sources in your property. Water vapour is produced in relatively large quantities from normal day to day activities which inevatibly can lead to condensation in the property. For example, a five person household puts about 10 litres of water into the air every day. More examples include:
- Breathing (asleep) 0.3 litres
- Breathing (awake) 0.85 litres
- Cooking 3 litres
- Personal washing 1.0 litres
- Washing and drying clothes 5.5 litres
- Heating - especially paraffin and flueless gas heaters
Moisture can also be drawn from the structure of the building into the internal air; from below the floor or through the walls/ceilings.
You can typically identify condensation where it forms on non-absorbent surfaces, i.e. windows or tiles, but it can form on any surface and it may not be noticed until mould growth, rotting of material, peeling of decorations or damage to clothes occurs. This is also normally coupled with a strong musty smell. If you come across any of these conditions, please read on to get free tips and advice on combating your Condensation problem.
Condensation - what to do next
If you now realise you have a condensation problem, DON'T WORRY, there is plenty you can do about it. Check out our condensation pages below to help fix your condensation problem
There is lots of things you can do to help fix your condensation problem for free. Check out our free condensation control information and help guide.
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If you need a bit more help fighting condensation, then check out our low cost condensation products ranging from condensation mould packs to dehumidifiers
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Air ventilation systems
Sometimes to fix condensation, you need to go the extra mile. Check out our air ventilation systems to help beat condensation for good.More about air ventilation systems
Unsure of the right condensation solution for you? Unsure whether you have a condensation or other related damp problem? If so, contact White Preservation for a condensation survey
Additional Condensation information
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