Finding condensation in your home is a common issue for many homeowners across the UK and yet it is relatively simple to solve the problem and prevent it from coming back.
When moisture in the air comes into contact with a colder surface, like a wall or window, the warm air is unable to hold the same amount of moisture and the water is released onto the colder surface, creating tiny droplets of water to appear, which is more commonly referred to as condensation.
Condensation can also appear in areas where the air movement is restricted, such as behind bedroom furniture and inside wardrobes which can start to create a musty smell and lead to mould growth on clothes, furniture and walls. Whether it is a period home, new property or a bungalow, the problems associated with condensation affects all of us.
Many people wake up in a morning and open the curtains to see streaming windows, especially in the winter, this is usually a sign that you have an underlying problem that needs to be fixed. It is one of the most troublesome, recurring problems that we have all experienced and its presence can have a debilitating effect on the owners of the property.
If wet walls and streaming windows occur over a prolonged period of time, signs will start to appear such as damp patches on walls, peeling wallpaper and ultimately black mould growth.
As properties become increasingly energy conscious and airtight, we have looked for ways to save energy in our homes through insulation, draft proofing, double glazing and blocking off chimneys, all which has increased the humidity within indoor air:
Common signs of condensation:
• Streaming windows
• Damp patches on walls, especially behind furniture and in corners
• Wallpaper can start to peel off
• Black dots on window frames
• Mould growth, usually black mould, starts to appear
• Soft furnishings and fabrics become prone to mould and mildew
In addition to improving the health of the homeowners who live in affected dwellings, the rewards for successfully solving condensation problems, or preventing these recurring problems are enormous - not only in maintenance costs but also in the
freeing up of housing maintenance personnel who annually return to the same dwelling to deal with the same recurring problems.
Waking up to condensation on windows is a familiar sight for many people, especially in winter and this is usually the first sign of a condensation problem. If condensation occurs over a prolonged period, other symptoms will start to appear such as damp patches on
walls, peeling wallpaper and ultimately black mould growth. These effects can lead to musty smells, damage the fabric of our homes and can even affect our health.