What is condensation?
If you’ve taken a cold canned drink out of the fridge before and noticed that there are droplets of water on the sides of the can, then you’ll have seen condensation face-to-face. This is all related to the air, temperature and water vapour.
When air passes over the surface of the can, the temperature of the surface is reduced. Whilst the air begins to get cooler due to the cold can, the water vapour then begins to turn into water. This is due to the air around the can being unable to hold onto the moisture. This then leads to water droplets being on the side of the cold surface of the can.
How does this link up? Well this process occurs in millions of homes across the nation, especially during the night as the heating is turned off, when the temperature inside of the home drops. Just like the can, once the air within our home reaches the point where it cannot retain the moisture that has been created within the house, it transfers itself to the surfaces that are coldest. These are usually the walls and windows, appearing as streaming windows -condensation.
It is worth noting that, dependent on the surface and whether it is treated, condensation can in fact turn in to mould.
Having dealt with hundreds of customers facing condensation problems, we’re able to give you some insight in to how it all works.
What causes condensation?
Daily activities, from cooking and the washing and drying of clothes, to turning on your heating – or even breathing – produces water vapour. When the moisture content of the air becomes too high, it turns in to water. There can be many causes of condensation within your home, but we’ve listed the most popular ones below:
- Poor insulation
- Inadequate ventilation
- Lack of damp-proof course
How can condensation be prevented or controlled?
There are methods in preventing condensation from forming, or at least controlling the levels of condensation already in your home. Try these few tips:
- Ensure your tumble dryer and washing machine is well vented
- Make sure there is atleast a 50mm gap between furniture and your walls so that air can circulate properly
- If you use a particular room often, try opening the window slightly to improve ventilation
- Use of extractor fans in kitchens and bathrooms
What if I already have condensation?
If you’ve noticed that your house is suffering from condensation or mould, it is still good practice to follow the principles above. However, we also recommend you seek attention from a condensation specialist, who will be able to offer you advice on the best solution.
At RTM services we’ve been helping homeowners suffering from condensation for years. We carry out a free assessment of your problem alongside the offering of a no obligation quote for the most efficient and effective solution.
The different solutions
When dealing with condensation work, there are a range of products and services available, though they vary between each individual case. Our condensation services include the following installations and services:
- Passyfier vents – installed to help aid with condensation control, these vents come in a range of colours.
- Humidity fans – these can be fitted to most walls, ceilings, panels and windows to help lower the levels of humidity in your room.
- PosiMaster Combi Dryair – these units continuously provide fresh, dry and filtered air into the property at an ambient temperature. This then dilutes and displaces stale, moist air whilst reducing condensation.
- Fungicidial washes – applied via direct spray which kills and removes mould and mildew whilst preventing re-growth for up to 6 months.
- Anti-mould paint – suitable for all interior surfaces and rooms including kitchens, bathrooms and cellars. Guaranteed to protect the paint film from growth of mould and mildew for atleast 5 years.
Contact us today for a free survey!
If you believe your house may be suffering from condensation and you need help, don’t hesitate to give our experienced team a call today on 0800 955 8995 or contact us here to book in a survey.