Condensation occurs when warm damp air meets cooler air, or a colder surface. All air contains water vapour in varying quantities and its capacity to do so is related to its temperature – warm air holds more moisture than cold air.
When moist air meets either colder air or a colder surface, the air is unable to retain the same amount of moisture and the water is released to form condensation. This excess moisture on cool surfaces such as walls, windowsills and ceilings often lead to damp problems such as mould.
The need for us to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, has led to us making our buildings more energy efficient by using better insulation methods. This has led to properties becoming far more air tight leaving the moisture vapour nowhere to go.
Inadequate or incorrect ventilation and inefficient heating systems has led to many buildings now being affected by condensation mould. Not only unsightly and destructive to decorative finishes, mould can also be detrimental to the health of people especially the young/old and infirm with poor immune systems.
Anything that adds moisture to the air can contribute to condensation – even breathing adds vapour to the air around us. Think of what you do on a day-to-day basis, from daily showers to regularly boiling the kettle, from cooking on the hob to drying clothes inside. All of these are contributors to excess moisture in the air, and these are only the things we actually do.
Moisture is best removed at its main source, which in the average property is in the bathroom and kitchen areas. Removal at source alleviates potential moisture laden air circulating throughout the property and finding those cold surfaces where it will reach its dew point and condense, resulting in free running water down the walls and on ceilings. It is this free abundance of water that permits the spores of the varying varieties of condensation mould to grow.
Once established the mould will produce many thousands of more spores that will colonise other areas of the property, given the right conditions.
If you are experiencing condensation issues and are unable to resolve them or have any of the above problems and would like an honest and professional solution for its resolution then call us, we would be happy to help. Use the number above to get in contact with us today.