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Excessive moisture. You may think it’s just life in Northern England. Your windows steam up. Mirrors fog. That telltale scent of mildew appears every year. Wallpaper wrinkles or peels. These are all signs or condensation in your home or business. And left unchecked, it can lead to health and structural problems.
Condensation occurs when humid and warm air hits cooler surfaces, leading to droplets forming on surfaces such as walls, tiles, and windows. It’s a common problem in our climate, especially during winter when your heating system causes temperature differences between the inside and outside. It can happen anywhere in a building, but is common in bathrooms, kitchens, cellars or basements, foyers, mudrooms, or anywhere moisture levels are high, ventilation may be lacking, and cold air enters the building.
The most common issues that we see include:
The consequences of condensation can be serious. As a home or business owner, you should be aware of the risks, which include mould and mildew growth, damage to furniture and fabrics, rot and damage to property, and health concerns such as upper and lower respiratory symptoms, coughing, wheezing, and even asthma.
Prolonged condensation conditions can also lead to the colonisation of bacteria, wood-decaying moulds and insect pests (e.g., termites and carpenter ants). It can also lead to dangerous corrosion of structural fasteners, wiring, and metal components.
Luckily, there are steps you can take to control condensation—many that you can do yourself—to create a healthier and more comfortable indoor environment. At Northern Restorations, we also offer a full array of condensation control solutions.
For example, when showering, make sure your bathroom extractor fans are on and in working condition. If you don’t have one, give us a call.
Dehumidifiers are effective at removing excess moisture from the air, prohibiting mould, dust mites, and other allergens. These appliances pass air over refrigerated coils, similar to how air conditioning works, causing moisture to condense on the unit’s coils. Water accumulates in a storage tank rather than on your walls or windows. The dehumidifier then sends dry air back into the room. Some dehumidifiers collect water in tanks that need to be routinely emptied. Others, however, can be plumbed to automatically drain.
Dehumidifiers can be particularly useful if you have specific areas in your home where condensation is likely to occur, such as kitchens, bathrooms, and basements.
For businesses, powerful commercial dehumidifiers can handle large volumes of air and can be particularly useful for where high levels of humidity are common, such as warehouses, production facilities, storage areas, and industrial kitchens or laundry facilities.
If you have particularly cold well water, insulating your pipes can help prevent condensation on your pipes. Installing an anti sweat valve in the water-supply line leading to your toilet can help keep your tank from condensing. This sort of valve adds a little hot water to the toilet water line, which raises the water temperature in the toilet enough to warm up the tank and bowl to keep water from forming on the outside of the porcelain.
Overall, proper insulation is important as it helps to maintain a consistent temperature throughout a building, reducing the risk of condensation forming on surfaces.
Of course, proper ventilation is key to controlling condensation year round. At Northern Restorations, we can provide a full audit of your home’s ventilation and make recommendations. Working extraction fans, air vents, and whole-house ventilation systems can mitigate humidity and prevent dampness and mould. These systems are designed to extract moisture from the air and replace it with fresh, dry air, thus reducing the level of humidity.
It’s important to keep the dew point in your house below the temperature of the indoor surfaces and within building cavities. A well-maintained HVAC system not only heats and cools your home—it can help keep surface temperatures above the dew point regardless of season.
Do-it-yourself measures may not be enough to control persistent condensation in your home. If you exhausted your efforts, consider Northern Restorations professional condensation control services.
Certainly, if you see black splotchy mould growing in your drywall or on services, you should call about our professional and eco-friendly mould cleaning services. Mould growth is a sure sign of excess moisture and requires a deep cleaning solution to eliminate any health risks.
One solution for your home or business may be a positive pressure ventilation system that can effectively air out every room in the house. These systems quietly circulate fresh and dry air throughout a building, eliminating stale and damp environments.
Another solution for combating condensation is using heat recovery ventilation units, which extract damp moist air from the room while recovering most of the heat that would be lost to the outside with conventional fans. As a result, you could save a significant amount in annual energy costs.
If you’re combatting a persistent problem, we offer a range of solutions to manage and prevent condensation. Our highly trained experts are available throughout West Yorkshire and northern England to perform a comprehensive inspection and analysis of your specific situation and offer solutions that fit your exact needs.
Find out why housing associations and landlords trust us to remedy their condensation and mould issues.
With a keen understanding of the special needs older properties require to maintain personal and property health, we specialise in holistic restoration that comply with sustainable practices and owner preferences.
Whether your property is old or new, you can count on us for fast, friendly, and professional advice and guidance on how to prevent damaging condensation. For further information, call 01484 651744 or contact us here.
We perform mould remediation, removal and reporting all over Yorkshire. Our team have years of experience dealing with mould, so if you have any questions for us, then get in touch, we’re always happy to help!
Our mould removal services can quickly and effectively tackle mould infestations in any area of your home. We use cutting-edge methods to find contamination, isolate the affected areas & remove any mould from the surfaces. With our team’s expertise, we can also help prevent future outbreaks by controlling humidity levels with dehumidification equipment. Our mould removal services are the best way to ensure your home environment stays safe & healthy.
Our team’s mould survey & reporting services provide a detailed assessment of any mould-related problems in your home, shop or property. Using thermal imaging technology and air sampling, we’re able to identify hidden sources of contamination & recommend strategies for remediation. With our detailed reports, you can make informed decisions about the best course of action for removing mould from your property as well as provide information to insurance companies if needed!