It is essential to look out for signs of condensation in our homes because it may cause health problems if left unchecked. With this in mind, it’s not just identification that is needed. Instead, homeowners need to remedy the problem as well. Read this article if you suspect you may have condensation in your home and want to learn how to reduce it.
How to Spot Signs of Condensation
London-based specialist damp experts Aspect recommend looking out for these common signs of condensation that could occur throughout your home.
Walls. Check the temperature of the wall with your hand. Does it feel cold or damp? If you can see specks of dark on paper or walls, this is probably mould. Also, check corners of the room as these are usually ‘cold spots’. Other potential signs of condensation could be moisture, discolouration or black mould.
Windows. Windows are commonplace for condensation forming. Usually, condensation gathers around windows or as small puddles on the cill. This occurs when the warm air inside condenses with the cold window pane. Also, check for mould that can occur on the sealant around the window or at the base.
Kitchens, Bathrooms and Utility Rooms. These areas are prone to high levels of condensation, which are difficult to ventilate during winter. Condensation can also be trapped in cupboards within these areas, so be sure to be thorough with your examination. Telltale signs there’s a problem include a damp smell or black mould.
Furnishings and Curtains. Damp and mould can form on the back of curtains and blinds, as well as sofas. Areas particularly prone are curtains over doors used as wind stoppers. Also, check behind headboards and furniture in your bedroom. These areas aren’t usually well ventilated, meaning mould can form easily.
Attics and Loft Spaces. If you notice a damp or musty smell in your loft or attic, this could be a sign of mould growth and damp. Make sure that loft insulation hasn’t been crammed down eaves which prevent natural airflow in this area. Also, check paintwork and bricks for signs of discolouration or penetrating damp.
How to Deal with Condensation Problems
There are two ways to eliminate condensation in your property: Improved ventilation, and improved heating or insulation. Here’s a brief overview of what you should know about both.
The easiest way to allow condensation to escape from your home is to open a window. If this doesn’t work, some slightly more complex and costly measures may need to be introduced. Such as air bricks and vents throughout your home, roof ventilation tiles to allow better airflow in your loft, or adding vents to the top of your windows. You may even want to install extractor fans in rooms prone to high condensation levels or invest in a dehumidifier. If you have a severe condensation problem, consider a whole-home ventilation system like Drimaster Heat.
Improved Heating and Insulation
Frequent increases and decreases in temperature can make condensation even worse. Water more often condenses and evaporates when the heating goes on and off. Instead, it might be better to keep your heating on constantly at a low temperature. Just make sure you’re on a suitable energy tariff before doing this. Improved insulation can help with cold spots on walls and ceilings. Double glazing can also help lower condensation levels. Just be sure to have adequate ventilation before you install it.
Why it’s Important for Your Health to Mitigate Condensation in Your Home
If left unchecked, condensation can cause serious health problems such as asthma and problems with breathing. So, knowing the signs and symptoms of condensation in your home is essential. Homeowners also need to know the right steps to take to fix the issue. Opening a window can be a significant first step. However, condensation in your home may be so severe that a more costly and complex solution may be needed, such as a whole-house ventilation system.