How To Tackle Condensation Problems In Your Home

By Subodh / April 12, 2013

If your property is plagued by condensation, what can you do to help limit the amount of damage that this excess moisture can cause? Let’s find out…

Why should I worry about condensation?

Whilst condensation can be a pretty common phenomenon around the home, excess amounts of moisture build-up can lead to dampness, rotten window frames, structural damage and even health problems (particularly if mould is allowed to set in).

Where is condensation likely to build up in the home?

The places where you are most likely to encounter condensation in the home are:

  • Windows: On frosty winter days, the cold glass of your windows may end up with a misty film on them: this isn’t a problem in itself, but once the condensation build-up starts to trickle down the glass and soak into your window frames, the stage is set for rot and mould to take hold.
  • Bathroom surfaces: Your bathroom is likely to go through a wide range of temperature extremes: unfortunately, cold, smooth surfaces like your bathroom walls and ceiling can become moisture traps for all the steam that gets generated from showering, bathing and other heat-generating activities.
  • Cabinets/storage spaces: cabinets and wardrobes can make the perfect environments for moisture to build up, which can lead to structural failure of the units and musty smells that no amount of air freshener can eliminate.

How To Tackle Condensation Problems In Your Home

What can I do to tackle condensation?

Let’s take a look at some top tips to help stop condensation in its tracks:

  • Open your windows: By effectively ventilating your home where it is at its most vulnerable, you can help to alleviate many moisture problems; The simple act of opening your windows slightly during the colder months can have a huge impact on condensation, however, this can end up making your home a more uncomfortable place to live (particularly if your windows have seen better days) or could even lead to greater damage being caused to the inner workings of your windows (for example, if your windows swing outwards, away from the building, they could end up getting saturated on a rainy day):  vertically-sliding designs, such as sash and case wooden window frames are best for helping your home to stay ventilated in a manner which won’t cause damage to the windows themselves.
  • Heat your home: Condensation builds up when moisture-packed air comes in contact with cold surfaces:  by heating your rooms adequately, the temperature of surfaces such as walls, roofs, mirrors, windows, etc. will also rise, lowering the amount of condensation that will ultimately be generated.
  • Upgrade your insulation: Heating your home is one thing, but if the warmth is quickly lost through energy-inefficient windows, doors or even walls, it becomes vital to upgrade to solutions which feature better insulation.
  • Trap moisture: Aside from the methods described above, electric dehumidifiers and calcium chloride damp traps can help to suck up moisture and so limit the effects of dampness in your home, whilst a handful of chalk sticks fastened together with a bit of twine can make an effective absorber for use in cupboards.

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