What is condensation?
Condensation is produced when warm air with a high moisture content hits either colder air or a cold surface such as a window. As warm air is capable of holding more moisture, the lowered temperature results in the air releasing that moisture in the form of condensation.
What causes condensation?
Condensation is a natural process that can be caused by almost any activity involving water or moisture. Anything that creates a steamy atmosphere like cooking, running a bath, or using certain kinds of heaters can cause condensation. Even just breathing produces a certain amount! All houses will have some condensation, but when the levels get too high it can lead to damp problems, which is where condensation control solutions come in.
What should I look for?
If you suspect your property may be suffering from condensation issues, check for the following symptoms:
What should I do next?
You can try to decrease the amount of moisture-heavy air in small ways, such as letting more air in through doors and windows or turning up the heating. But this may not be practical when energy costs and the time of year are taken into consideration. Also, if the condensation problem is a severe one, these measures may not be enough to prevent the damage to wood and plaster that can occur as a result. You may need to consider permanent condensation control in the form of a specially designed ventilation system.
At Wallseal Preservation our expertise and experience in installing all types of ventilation and means we have the solutions you need to combat condensation problems. Call Wallseal Preservation on 0191 552 4743 for more advice and information.