Identifying and Treating Condensation

By Wirral Waterproofing

Condensation affects most houses in the UK and the Wirral is no different. In this article, we will tell you what causes condensation, how to spot it, and the most effective methods for dealing with it.

What Is Condensation?

Condensation occurs when warm air comes into contact with a cold surface. Moisture in the air condenses into water droplets which then settle on the walls. If your property is particularly humid, this condensation can cause damp-related issues, such as mould growth and damage to wallpaper, paint, and plasterwork.

How to Identify Condensation

Condensation is easy to spot, both visually and by touch. In extreme cases, you can see water droplets on your walls and windows, particularly first thing in the morning as your property begins to warm up. Even in less severe cases, the wall will feel cold or damp to the touch.

If your wallpaper is peeling, or your paint is bubbling or cracked, this could also indicate the presence of condensation. In these circumstances, you may need the opinion of a damp specialist, as these can also be signs of other forms of damp.

How To Treat Condensation

While it is impossible to completely eradicate condensation, there are several ways to lessen its impact. These are some of the most effective ways to combat condensation…

1. Improved Ventilation
Perhaps the easiest way to reduce condensation is to provide more opportunities for the humid air to escape. During the summer months, this can be as simple as opening your windows, particularly when cooking, washing clothes, or taking a shower.

Another solution is to install an extractor fan, which will suck out the air from areas of the house with high levels of humidity.

2. Dehumidifiers
Dehumidifiers extract moisture from the air before it has a chance to settle on walls and ceilings. This is collected as water and needs to be emptied out periodically as it becomes full.

They are available in various sizes, from table top models to standalone waist-high models and are effective at reducing condensation all year round.

3. Anti-Condensation Paint
Anti-condensation paint (also known as thermal paint) won’t prevent condensation from occurring, but it will stop it from affecting your walls. This specially formulated paint contains tiny, hollow glass beads that repel warm air back into the room.

While your property may remain humid, without anywhere to settle, the condensation cannot damage your walls or ceiling.

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