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WHAT IS CONDENSATION DAMP?

In most homes condensation is the most common type of damp and it is caused by excessive moisture in the air and poor ventilation. Running hot water, the shower or the steam from a kettle can cause condensation. When treated, condensation does not need to cause long lasting damage.

What are the signs of Condensation?

Moisture droplets forming on walls, windows and mirrors are the visible evidence of condensation in your home. Water droplets appear when hot, moist air meets cold surfaces and they may not cause any issue in the short term. However, over time condensation can worsen and lead to black mould, wooden window frames to rot and a musty damp smell.

The different types of damp

There are essentially three types of damp a property can be affected by:

  1. Condensation
  2. Rising damp
  3. Penetrating damp

Rising damp and penetrating damp are caused by water ingress from outside of the property. Whereas, condensation is the result of high humidity in your home where hot, moist air makes contact with cold surfaces.

Condensation damp is usually more of a problem during winter when surfaces are colder giving humid air a place to condense. However, rising damp and penetrating damp are more likely to occur during wetter weather.

Ways to reduce condensation in your home

Dealing with the build up of moisture in your home is key to tackling condensation damp. Taking into account the below suggestions could reduce any potential damp treatment costs.

Try to make less moist air

Dry clothes outdoors where possible, vent your tumble dryer to the outside and use lids on pans when cooking.

Let moisture out and fresh air in

Extractor fans are made to take moist air and steam away from the property meaning condensation is less likely to form. If your shower or kitchen doesn’t have an extractor fan it may be worth considering getting one installed.

Opening windows when bathing or cooking will allow the moist air to leave the building. Leaving a window open will also let fresh air circulate around your home reducing the risk of mould buildup in places with still air.

Insulate your home

A well insulated property means a warmer property which suffers less from condensation damp. So make sure your external doors and windows are properly draught-proofed.

Warm your property more

Colder rooms are more likely to suffer from condensation so consider warming every room during very cold spells. Don’t forget to also let some fresh air to circulate in those unused rooms from time to time.

Treating condensation damp

Condensation damp may still persist even after trying all the remedies outlined above. If your property is still being affected by condensation then our highly qualified surveyors will be able to get to the core of your damp issue. 

After investigation our specialist team will provide you with a detailed report on their findings and then discuss the recommended best course of action. If required, our professional team of technicians will undergo the required damp treatment. APP has been diagnosing damp problems in properties across Cambridgeshire for over 30 years. We pride ourselves on our honest evaluation and cost-effective solutions. So if you’re worried about a possible damp issue in your home don’t hesitate to contact us.

Why can damp be a problem?

Any kind of damp can cause a myriad of issues if left untreated. Not only can superficial damage be caused to paint, wallpaper and plaster; long-term damp can have adverse effects on the structure of your building. Window frames, door frames, floors, joists and skirting boards could be affected with rot. Mould can also be caused by damp in your home, which can harm those with allergies and respiratory illnesses, such as asthma.

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