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What is Condensation?

Condensation is one of the most common types of damp problem found in homes and buildings, affecting approximately one in five properties within the UK.

Condensation is the reverse of evaporation and is the process through which water vapour in the air becomes a liquid. Condensation can occur in one of two ways:

  1. Air is cooled to its dew point (on a surface).
  2. The air becomes so saturated with water vapour that it cannot hold any more.

This process occurs naturally in nature (for example, morning dew forming on grass), but when it occurs repeatedly within a property it can result in decorative spoiling and the growth of mildew and mould.

As it is such a frequent problem that homeowners deal with, our damp specialists at Prokil offer simple and effective condensation damp treatment and solutions to ensure you do not have to deal with the persistent negative effects it can have on your home.

If you have a problem with damp, mould or decorative spoiling as a result of condensation, contact our team today on 0800 048 9488.

How Does Condensation Occur?

Condensation is caused by airborne moisture, which condenses after meeting cold surfaces such as windows and walls. As a result of this, beads of water are left behind on the surface.

Its occurrence in homes is mainly caused by a combination of poor ventilation and heating, which create a humid internal atmosphere.

Routine activities that take place in our homes every day, such as cooking and showering, result in a build up of warm moisture in the air. Without sufficient ventilation, this water-laden air does not disperse or escape, thus causing a humid atmosphere which leads to condensation.

In addition, installations such as double glazing, insulation and draught excluders, whilst great at improving energy efficiency, unfortunately help seal humidity in. This creates the ideal environment for condensation on windows and walls to form, creating the perfect breeding ground for mould.

Why Is Condensation Damp A Problem?

As condensation in homes and buildings is often misdiagnosed, this means it can be left untreated for a long period of time. Our condensation control and treatment service will provide a simple solution to the ongoing problems that come with damp and mould caused by condensation.

If left untreated, condensation damp can cause a range of problems:

  • Damp patches on walls and ceilings
  • Musty, damp smell
  • Peeling Wallpaper and paint
  • Fabric damage
  • Damage to plaster
  • Decaying window frames
  • Mould growth on walls, window frames and loft timbers

When condensation is not treated efficiently, your property and possessions inside can be left permanently damaged. Contacting a damp specialist will help ensure that you solve the problem before it becomes more severe and costly.

How Do I Know If I Have A Condensation Problem?

If you think you are experiencing problems associated with condensation in your property, Prokil can offer a simple and quick damp survey to assess the need for condensation control and treatment.

Here are some symptoms to look out for:

  • Fogged up windows or water droplets on panes
  • Black spots on window frames
  • Peeling wallpaper and paint
  • A musty smell
  • Damp patches
  • Walls are damp to the touch
  • Mould and mildew growth

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