Posted on
February 16th, 2015

The Cost of Condensation

Condensation is one of the most common problems affecting properties in the UK. It is caused by excess moisture in the air which gathers on surfaces like walls, windows and floors. For those of us who work in the building industry, this issue will probably be all too familiar!

The main cause of condensation is poor ventilation. Things like showers, ovens and radiators cause homes to steam up and add excess moisture to the air and if they are not aired in the correct way, condensation will make an appearance. After using these appliances, it is essential to open windows and switch on extractor fans to help prevent the build-up of condensation.

When condensation occurs, you may notice water droplets on walls, a musty smell, damp patches and peeling wallpaper. It is important to act immediately if you see any of these signs, as it is much easier to treat when caught early.

When condensation occurs over a long period of time, it will turn into mould. This is not only damaging to the building but the spores released by the mould can also cause serious health problems. These can include asthma, allergic reactions, respiratory problems and even joint pain. The elderly and children are at greatest risk of these problems as they have weaker immune systems for fighting illness. If you come across a case of mould, it is vital to fix the problem as soon as possible.

Mould can also damage the interior, exterior and structure of a property. This is because it can spread extremely quickly, providing it can find the warmth and moisture it needs to grow. These damages can cost thousands of pounds to repair, which most people can’t afford to pay. The only way to avoid these hefty bills is by taking preventative steps and treating mould as soon as it is detected.

When it comes to treating the mould which condensation causes, there are several options. The area should first be wiped down and cleaned to remove any surface mould and moisture. You can then use a specialist coating, paint additive or eradication kit.

These products have been specially designed to protect surfaces against condensation, damp and mould.  They are easy to use, affordable and a must-have for every builder’s toolkit!

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