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Often experienced in the home is Condensation, recognised by water droplets on windows, black mould in certain areas, and sometimes light mould normally green on items in cupboards. It is a growing problem that is often misdiagnosed as structural damp, as the visual effects can look very similar, and in turn structural damp is often misdiagnosed as condensation because the surveyor does not take the time to diagnose it accurately.
Unfortunately we are the main cause of condensation in most properties, as with the drive to increase insulation levels in properties, and block out draughts, we are increasing the opportunities for condensation in our properties, and upsetting the balance between the heating, cooling and ventilation within the property.
Everyday living and poor ventilation cause airborne moisture, such as having baths and showers, and steam from cooking which are the most common causes. The warm moist air fills the property, and is increased with central heating. The external walls and windows of the property are cooler, and when the warm moist air arrives on these surfaces, it condensates causing water droplets. On windows it is easy to see, and to most people obvious what it is, however the gradual saturation of walls due to condensation is less obvious, and is very often thought to be structural damp.
It is a fact that of all the damp related issues, Condensation is the one that is mostly misdiagnosed, and which people end up spending thousands to resolve with chemicals and surface coatings, when in fact a life change can resolve if not reduce it. There is only one certain way to be sure if the issue is condensation, or a more serious issue of structural damp, and that it to undertake a detailed investigation. Alpine Damp will determine if condensation is the problem, or structural damp by numerous methods including ascertaining the dew point level in the property, obtaining moisture content levels of the structure, and by Thermal Imaging to name just a few.