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Condensation

What is Condensation? How can you fix it?

Condensation is the most common cause of damp complaints

Condensation happens where warm moist air comes into contact with cool surfaces. The warm air condenses on cold walls and windows, direct evidence of this is where mould starts to appear. Usually areas of condensation and mould are in buildings where air ventilation is poor and insulation isn't up to standard.

Identifying condensation in your house

Areas of severe condensation will show mould areas where air cannot ventilate well. Places to look are behind beds, wardrobes, under windows and in cases it can be found in the top corners of ceilings, mainly where these areas abutt on to cold outer walls. People first beleive that it's 'damp' but actually it's where moist air has condensed. If you have patches of mould like this then it's likely to be severe condensation.

Can damp and mould affect my health?

Yes. Condensation is seen as a nuissance, but in fact it can be potentially harmful to people living around it. If you have damp and mould you are more likely to have respiratory problems, respiratory infections, allergies or asthma. Damp and mould can also affect the immune system. The office of Environmental health can interviene where landlords are not dealing with damp and condensation issues. For further information on both of these points please follow the links

NHS - Click here to learn more about damp, condensation and health issues

Brighton & Hove City Council Environmental health guidelines on dealing with condensation

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