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Condensation accounts for approximately 70% of reported domestic damp and should not be confused with rising damp and penetrating damp.
It can commonly by attributed to a lack of balance between ventilation and heating, resulting in a rise in relative humidity and as such, is most common in the colder months of the year when windows are kept shut and the heating is turned on.
Persistent condensation can lead to a range of problems
Left untreated, condensation and the high amount of moisture it creates in the air will lead to a number problems affecting a property and its occupants:
- Moisture damage to walls, plaster, timbers and furnishings
- Damp and musty smell
- Mould growth which is unsightly and damaging to a property
- Aggravation of asthmatic symptoms from spores the mould produces
- High humidity levels create an ideal environment for the spread of bacteria & breeding of dust mites
- A contributory factor to beetle infestation and timber decay
Diagnosis is key
A condensation survey is recommended. This will assess if moisture and humidity levels are consistent with that of condensation, will take into account other influencing factors such as living habits, property layout and number of property occupants and assess for related problems as a result. Once diagnosed and all contributory factors understood the solution to prevent condensation can be recommended.
Where to go for help and advice
The UK Property Repair Group offers qualified help and advice via its two companies; Proten Services and Preservation Treatments.
Together they provide diagnostic surveys and specialist contract works in respect of condensation control as well as other property preservation concerns including damp proofing, timber preservation, basement waterproofing and structural repair.
We invite you to click on the company logo below most relevant to your geographical location for further information about the company who is best placed to assist you.
Alternatively, please call us on the number below or email us and a member of the team will be delighted to assist you.
t: 0844 854 9056