Posted on
March 5th, 2015

How to manage condensation in the home

Condensation is the leading cause of damage to the interior of a home, with it affecting plaster and decorations in particular. This condensation can lead to a number of problems when left untreated.

Mould growth, rot, peeling wallpaper and lingering, unpleasant odours are all caused by increased levels of condensation and should be managed effectively. There are some simple measures which can be taken to ensure that condensation does not become a problem in your home. Take a look below to find out more about our round up of the main issues.

Increase Ventilation

During the colder months we try to keep our windows and doors shut as much as possible to retain heat. Unfortunately, this stops the transfer of moisture from inside a house to outside, which can lead to mould growth as the moist air becomes stagnant. It is important that you get fresh air from outside into your home and circulating throughout all rooms.

Minimise Interior Moisture

The everyday activities throughout the home cause a surprising amount of moisture. Cooking, bathing and drying clothes all cause varying degrees of moisture, and can cause mould growth when added to the warm temperatures within the home. This issue is mostly concentrated within kitchens and bathrooms, but it can easily spread around the home – especially in smaller buildings. Well working extractor fans are vital in ensuring that the majority of moisture in the air is removed from the home.

Maintain Warm Interior Temperature

During the colder months, it may be tempting to put heating on in ‘blasts’ to heat up your home and to save on bills, rather than leaving it on constantly. This is a bad idea when it comes to stopping the growth of mould, as it can aggravate into moving around a home and spreading. A constant warm level is advised throughout your property in the long run.

Improve Insulation

As maintaining a warm indoor temperature is important and you will want to get air flowing throughout a property, it is a good idea to have a well-insulated property. This will make it easier to warm up a home and then retain this heat. It also allows walls to retain more heat, which reduces the amount of moisture in the air turning to water when hitting a cold wall. Poorly installed insulation can also cause air pockets, which can cause damage to walls in the long run.

Treat Wet & Dry Rot Quickly

Arguably the most damaging effect of condensation and damp issues is the occurrence of wet and/or dry rot. This is damaging both to the health of the occupant and the structure of a building. There are a few external signs which can be spotted before it becomes a more serious problem, such as leaking gutters and downpipes, poor pointing, blocked air bricks amongst others. Internally, fungal growths and abnormal timbers can be signs of rot. If you suspect that you have wet or dry rot, it is best to get in touch with a specialist to confirm a case and suggest the appropriate treatment.

Whilst condensation itself is not too much of an issue, the problems occur when it is left untreated and increases in severity. When you are doing work on any kind of property, make sure that you take precautions against condensation and mould with our range of surface treatments for mould.

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