Condensation dampness is a common problem for both new and older homes, especially during winter months when opening windows and drying clothes outside are less practical. Without proper ventilation, the moisture we produce from everyday activities such as cooking and bathing is trapped inside the home. The moisture is then absorbed into the air where it condenses on cool surfaces such as windows, mirrors, external walls and fabrics.
Moisture in the air travels to the coldest parts of the house so properties that have cold spots or are heated intermittently are likely to suffer with condensation dampness. With rising energy costs, many homeowners cannot afford to keep their whole property heated 24/7, meaning condensation and mould problems are growing.
What are the first signs of condensation?
Streaming windows are often the first signs of condensation before black mould patches start to appear and musty smells are noticed. At this stage, the indoor air quality (IAQ) is damaging to your health. Energy-efficient, new properties and older homes that have had drafts sealed up with insulation or triple glazing are likely to suffer with condensation. Due to warm moist air remains trapped inside the home without proper ventilation.
Condensation, left un-treated, can be damaging to your health. Mould spores germinate and dust mites breed in damp, humid environments. And these allergens can trigger a host of respiratory problems in asthma and allergy-sufferers and cause other allergic symptoms such as Rhinitis.