How condensation can cause damage throughout the property

During a survey at a property in Somerset we found a number of minor damp related issues but the big problem was clearly Condensation. A musty smell on entry to the property, mould on window frames and excessive mould spotting to walls and ceilings on the first floor.

The property was an aged stone cottage so although the central heating was adequate insulation to the walls was non existent and ventilation was not being maintained. There was a bathroom to the first floor and this had a functioning timed extractor fan however further investigation found that this was certainly not helping to control moisture as it was discharging into the loft. It appeared that the ducting for the fan had broken half way along and as such all moisture extracted from the bathroom was fed back into the building through the loft. When we traced the ducting further we found that even before it had broken it had still been installed to discharge into the loft ??

Whilst this obviously contributed to the condensation related symptoms there is another potential issue and that can be the decay of structural roof timbers through Wet or Dry Rot which can be much more expensive and damaging than condensation.

If you have extractor fans installed then take the time to check where they extract to, all too often we find fans that are discharging into roof or floor voids leading to the possibility of serious structural issues. Its worth noting that many standard extractor fans will also have an output range of approximately 3m so any distance over this will reduce thier efficiency. Need advice or a Free of Charge Survey ? Give us a call today or complete the survey request form.

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Some of the services we offer in property preservation

If you have issues in your home such as peeling paint or loose plaster, mould spotting or visible stains and ‘tide’ marks then you may have a damp problem and if so we have the solution. Whether it’s rising or penetrating damp we will provide you with a diagnosis and the solution.

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Condensation in its simplest form is when moist air comes into contact with colder air or a colder surface and the water contained in the air is released to form condensation in the air or on the surface. It often results in black mould growth on walls and surfaces or you can see water droplets.

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Aged and Period properties can often be cold and condensation will form on external walls, we can provide various types of solid insulation and often incorporate this with a level of damp proofing. Internal temperatures will improve and mould spotting reduces.

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