Common Causes of Condensation and How it Can Damage Your Home

26 Jul 2023
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It isn’t uncommon for homeowners to experience condensation in their homes. Commonly, condensation is seen on windows and in more severe cases it can also impact the walls and ceilings. A small amount of condensation is completely normal, however, lots of condensation can cause green and black mould problems. You may notice that mould starts growing on your walls, ceilings, furnishings or even your clothing when you have condensation problems. 

Simply put, condensation occurs when warm, moist air comes into contact with colder surfaces and results in the formation of water droplets. If you don’t know much about condensation and you’re worried about how it could affect your home if left unchecked, our team at Kenwood PLC have put together some useful information. 

Below we have explored some of the most common causes of condensation and delved into the ways condensation can negatively impact your living space. By learning more about condensation, you can take proactive steps to maintain a healthy environment.

Common Causes of Condensation

Although condensation can be caused by several different factors, some of the most common include the following; 

  • High Humidity Levels

One of the main causes of condensation is high humidity levels within your home. Everyday activities such as cooking, showering and even breathing produce moisture in the air. This excess moisture can accumulate on cold surfaces like windows, walls and ceilings, leading to condensation. Prolonged exposure to high humidity levels can result in the growth of mould and mildew, causing structural damage as well as health issues.

  • Inadequate Ventilation

Poor ventilation exacerbates the problems with condensation. When moist air has no way to escape the rooms in your house, it will linger and settle on various surfaces. Not having proper ventilation in bathrooms, kitchens and utility rooms can trap moisture, making them prone to condensation. It’s essential to ensure there is adequate airflow by opening windows or installing ventilation fans and extractor hoods.

  • Colder Weather 

Condensation is more likely to occur during colder months when the temperature between indoor and outdoor spaces is significant. Cold air outdoors can make your windows and wall colder, causing the moisture in the warm air indoors to condense on them. If left unaddressed, this can lead to water damage, rot and mould growth, particularly in areas with ineffective insulation or inadequate heating systems.

How Condensation Can Damage Your Home 

Condensation can cause damage to your home in several different ways. If left untreated, it can lead to peeling paint and wallpaper, stains on the walls and ceilings, and also warped and rotting wood. Over time, condensation can compromise the structural integrity of your home, resulting in expensive repairs being required. 

Persistent condensation can also result in mould and mildew, which can be unsightly as well as dangerous to your health. If family members have respiratory conditions or allergies, it’s even more important to stay on top of condensation problems. When mould and mildew grow in your home, you may notice a musty smell and staining on your furniture. Dealing with condensation promptly is essential to making your home a comfortable place to live. 

Preventing Condensation in Your Home

When you’re trying to stop condensation from forming on your windows, walls or ceilings, it’s beneficial to enlist the help of condensation specialists. Often, simply opening your windows isn’t enough to prevent condensation problems and you may require a more comprehensive system for condensation control. At Kenwood PLC, we will have the perfect solution for your home and we’re experts at installing automated systems that improve ventilation. 

The Kenwood Humidivent System is a low-cost solution that’s perfect when moisture issues are isolated in one room, such as the bathroom, kitchen and utility area. The Kenwood Heat Recovery System is better suited to living environments like the bedroom or lounge. It provides quiet ventilation, whilst reducing heat loss. When condensation is more widespread, the Kenwood Positive Pressure Ventilation System is a great option. It will dilute and displace the moisture-laden air, and introduce filtered air into the property. 

Booking Condensation Control Services 

Understanding the causes of condensation is crucial to maintaining a healthy and damage-free home. Regularly monitoring and promptly dealing with condensation issues will help to create a comfortable living environment for you and your family. If you need some assistance from a condensation specialist, get in touch with us at Kenwood PLC.

We can recommend the best condensation control system for your home and our team will take into consideration your concerns to help you narrow down the various options available. We can arrange for one of our surveyors to visit your home and provide you with a quotation for the condensation control system you’re interested in. 

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