Condensation is the result of warm moisture laden air coming into contact with cold surfaces. Where severe, this results in water runs, unsightly black mould growth and if timber is involved it can also cause fungal decay. Condensation is usually a cold season problem.
Unfortunately, condensation is often misdiagnosed as penetrating damp or even rising damp. Rising and penetrating damp solutions are very different from the treatment of condensation. The origin of the water is usually down to humidity created by "life-style", that is our daily moisture production from cooking, washing, even breathing and sweating. Sometimes the structure of the property may make it more vulnerable to long term condensation problems; even modernisation such as the introduction of double glazing and insulation can tip the balance in favour of condensation.
Condensation treatment can take many forms so we initially ensure that the "dampness" problem IS due to condensation and not some other source. We primarily offer advice on controlling water production, very basically most condensation problems can be solved with ventilation and insulation. Should the problem be more severe, persistent or wide-spread then we can evaluate the introduction of active control measures such as forced ventilation, humidity control, positive pressure systems and structural insulation, etc.Take advantage of Conifer's multi-trades service! Click this link to find out more.
Should severe mould growth persist (this shouldn't be the case if the condensation and maintenance of high humidity are alleviated) then we may have to consider the use of ''anti-mould'' measures, for example the use of specialist, breathable finishes. However, above all the initial procedures must be first implemented to save unnecessary costs to the customer.
A major cause of condensation is cold bridging. This literally means that warm air is coming into contact with a cold surface and is particularly obvious around windows and door reveals; this can often be a double problem as window and door reveals often allow little room to insulate! Cold bridging remedies: To combat this problem we at Conifer often fit waterproof, plaster-able insulation boards to these areas as shown in the above picture. Once beaded and plastered it is usually impossible to notice their presence but the difference in mould reduction is dramatic! This along with the other condensation treatments suggested above should make significant improvements.
If you suspect you have damp or want further advice about damp in the Chester, Cheshire, Shrewsbury, Telford, Oswestry, Shropshire, Welshpool, Wrexham, Clwyd, Powys, Gwynedd, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Mid Wales or North Wales areas, please contact us and we will be happy to help.
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