Condensation Belfast Northern Ireland | Condensation Eradication | Condensation Survey Report | Toner Damp Proofing

What is Condensation?

There is always some moisture in the air, even if you cannot see it. If the air gets colder it cannot hold all the moisture and tiny drops of water appear. This is condensation. You will also notice condensation when you see your breath on a cold day, or when the mirror mists over when you have a bath.

Kitchens and bathrooms are often primary sources of atmospheric water. Moisture is released into the air through normal daily activities such as washing, cooking, drying clothes, showering and bathing. This can occur commonly on windows or external walls, or cold surfaces within the fabric of the property. Look for condensation in corners, on or near windows, in or behind wardrobes and cupboards. It often forms on north-facing walls.

The problems of condensation can lead to staining and mould growth, damaging wallpaper, wall surfaces, window frames, furniture, and clothing. The development of mould growth is the most tell-tale sign that is frequently associated with condensation. The appearance of the mould may be black, white, yellow or green in colour, depending on the specific type of mould and the surface which it grows on. Black spot mould (Aspergillus niger or Cladosporium spp), for example, forms pyramid profiles in wall corners and at wall/floor or wall ceiling margins as a consequence of condensation.

Moulds are hydrophilic fungi in that they require high levels of surface moisture. Capillary held dampness (such as that originating through rising dampness) is not sufficient to cause mould growth. The mould requires free moisture on the surfaces to germinate.

Tiny spores produced by the mould and the higher numbers of dust mites due to the moist conditions can increase the risk of asthma and respiratory illnesses in some people.

Maintaining a reasonable balance between heating, ventilation and insulation can reduce excessive condensation, however, a major review of lifestyle and occupation of the property is often necessary.

Health Risks

Mould caused by condensation can have a serious impact on your health and quality of life. Moulds can produce allergens, irritants and in some cases toxic substances. This may lead to allergic reactions, sneezing, runny nose and dry, scaly skin.

If you suffer from asthma, mould can also lead to coughing and wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness.

Toner Dampproofing specialises in Condensation Surveys and Reports, including the eradication of mould growth the Belfast and throughout Northern Ireland (NI).

If your property is suffering from condensation or mould growth contact us now to arrange a survey.

Another service we offer to homeowners and builders is a specialist diagnosis, this involves our qualified surveyor to inspect your property for defects that may cause internal damp and timber defects, you will receive a compressed report with our findings & recommendations for remedial work needed to rectify the defects causing the problems. This survey will save un-necessary works, costs and stress.