Treating Condensation

Treating Condensation In London & Berkshire:

DH Damp Proofing & Timber are specialists in treating condensation in properties across London and Berkshire. Once we have conducted a professional survey and confirmed the diagnosis as condensation we will put into place a plan of action to treat it. Treating condensation is sometimes relatively easy and sometimes the issue may be complex. Below are some hints and tips on treating condensation and preventing condensation.

  • Improve Heating – Your heating should be at a constant low heat without any fluctuations, this helps keep the interior warm and the air within the property less condense. Heat exchange fans are also effective at treating condensation because they draw in warm air from outside and send the moist air within the property outside.
  • Generate Less Moisture – Of course you will still need to cook and shower, just make sure that there is adequate ventilation. Don’t dry washing on the agar or radiators if you already have a condensation problem as this creates more moisture in the air. The same happens if you are using bottled gas or paraffin heaters, we also recommend checking that any tumble dryer vents direct vapour outside of the property.
  • Effective Ventilation – Everyone knows opening windows will help ventilation, however this leads to a chilly temperature in the winter months. DH Damp Proofing & Timber may recommend air bricks or passive vents be installed. Another treatment would be a positive pressure ventilation unit which actively pushes damp air out of the property and decreases the humidity within the property.

  • Cold Surface Insulation – Cold and solid walls or floors can exasperate a condensation problem. We can provide and install a lining to walls and floors creating a warmer environment. DH Damp Proofing & Timber will check behind any lining your wall has been fitted with to see if there is an underlying damp problem within the walls.
  • Technical Fixes – There will always be certain parts of your property that will suffer from high humidity even though you have taken every necessary step to ventilate the area, for example bathrooms and kitchens. The main aim is to prevent the growth of dangerous black mould, you could use a high quality anti mould paint. If you want to decrease the overall humidity within your property we can guide you to a high quality dehumidifier.
  • Treat Underlying Damp Issues – You should always have a professional diagnose your condensation so that you understand whether it is a ventilation problem or if it is a result of an underlying damp problem such as rising or penetrative damp. Many of the aforementioned ‘fixes’ can be implemented yourself, but any underlying damp problem needs to be addressed by a specialist.
  • Anti Mould Paints – These are great to use in areas that have an increased risk of mould growth, even in the most severely affected areas these paints are effective for up to 5 years. The paint is applied just the same as any other, but you should never paint or decorate over them.

Effective Ventilation:

Heat Exchange Vents – These vents are operated in a similar way to extractor fans and are easily controlled using cords. Heat exchange vents remove the moist air from the room and then replace it with warmer air from outside. Many people across London and Berkshire have found these to be a cost effective solution and more useful than opening windows that can cause temperatures to drop and be uncomfortable.

Passive Air Vents –Firstly passive air-bricks, these are a good solution if you want no moving parts and no running costs but the same ventilation as an air vent. Secondly a passive air vent is an equally popular solution for allowing air to circulate freely around your property. These vents are easy to install and have added features such as dust screens, fly screens, sound insulation and you can change the air flow via a cord. It is worth noting that in particularly moisture rich environments like bathrooms and kitchens an extractor fan would be the only way to control the air flow.

Positive Pressure Ventilation Unit – Usually these units would be installed in loft areas, kitchen cupboards or outside walls. The units create a continuous flow of fresh air within the property whilst building positive pressure within the building; the air carrying excess moisture is pushed out through natural outlets within the property.

If you are worried about condensation in your property in London or Berkshire call our experts at DH Damp Proofing & Timber for your survey  Call now

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