Top tips to tackle condensation

Top tips to tackle condensation
This article has been provided by Peter Cox commercial and residential property preservation specialists.

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What's Wrong With A Little Condensation?

While low levels of condensation are usually harmless, it is a mistake to assume that this is always the case.

Our experience in the industry has taught us that condensation is the most common cause of damp in buildings precisely because people assume that it is innocuous and fail to take simple precautions that could prevent it from developing into more pressing property problems such as unsightly blistering and peeling wallpaper, damp patches appearing on walls, or even the growth of potentially dangerous fungal black mould.

Why Am I Seeing Condensation In My Home?

It should first be noted that condensation will be present to some degree in every home. This is because it is created by everyday and unavoidable activities that release moisture into the air such as cooking, showering and even simply breathing. Indeed, it is estimated that an average family of four will release the equivalent of a whopping seventeen pints of water per day into the home.

If this humid, damp air is unable to escape outside then it will settle on a surface cooler than itself (frequently a tiled or glass surface) and release the moisture it holds, resulting in the visible water droplets we call condensation.

How Can I Stop Condensation?

Since stopping condensation in the home altogether would basically require us to live outside in a tent, it makes more sense to talk about ways we can reduce condensation!

Our top tips guide focuses on two of the most humid and problematic rooms in the house, the Bathroom and the Kitchen, and outlines simple measures you can take in order to tackle excessive condensation and prevent your property displaying related signs of damp.

Generally the simplest and most effective way to deal with condensation is to provide a source of ventilation that will provide the clean, fresh and dry air needed to force humid and damp air outside of property where it can safely disperse. Some of the tips and hints we cover in our infographic are:

 * Open the window - While most people know that it is sensible to keep a window open while cooking or having a shower, it is also recommended that you leave the window open for twenty minutes afterwards to allow the moisture in the air to clear.

 * Wipe down cold surfaces - Take a minute after any activity that has released a lot of moisture into the air to remove condensation droplets that have settled on surfaces.

 * Cover pots and pans - This will reduce the moisture that is released into the cooler air.

Professional Solutions To Condensation In The Home

If you have taken the steps outlined in our infographic yet still feel that your property is suffering from persistent damp patches and other signs of condensation then you may want to look into some of our professional Condensation solutions to freshen up your property.

Whether your condensation issue is restricted to one room, the entire property, or even just one recurring spot on a particular wall, Peter Cox have a variety of condensation solutions to address and treat the issue to get your property back to its fresh, healthy and dry best.

To read more about both DIY and professional condensation solutions take a look at our page on condensation treatment.