Condensation is a bi-product of how we live and the affect this has on the atmospheric moisture levels where we live causing damp walls. It is the most common form of damp in properties, left untreated it can lead to mould, peeling wallpaper, damage to fabrics, as well as a cold house with an unpleasant smell.
Health implications of condensation
But it is not only detrimental to the properties structure, it can have health implications
Condensation season is from October to April, when the temperature difference between the warm air in the house and cold outside is greatest. The key to reducing condensation is sufficient ventilation; warm air circulating around the house needs to escape.
A few handy tips to help prevent condensation
1. When cooking use an extractor fan, or open the window if possible.
2. If you can’t open the windows for ventilation, ensure drip vents are open.
3. After showering ensure the extractor fan is open and the window open if possible. Keep the bathroom door closed as long as possible to ensure excess moisture does not escape to other parts of the property.
4. Dry clothes in an enclosed room, and if tumble drying ensure adequate ventilation to the outside of the building.
5. Create a gap between your furniture and the walls to ensure adequate airflow.
Condensation is directly associated with mould growth, if you think you have a persistent problem contact us for advice.
Products for treating condensation and damp walls
We do have a range of products that can assist and these can all be purchased in our online shop – Newton 807 BKK is a water repellent product which can be applied externally as part of a condensation solution, once any defective pointing or cracks have been repaired. We also have 3 types of internal damp proofing membranes that can be used to stop the damp from affecting your internal wall finishes – Newton 803, Newton 803 Newtonite and Newton 805 Newlath all work by creating a barrier to different depths.