Damp, Mould & Condensation

Whether your property is a new build or old, commercial or private, you need to be wary of the consequences and causes when it comes to the issue of damp, mould, and condensation.

We’re all familiar with condensation, the build-up of water particles on a cold surface due to a sudden change in temperature, and this natural phenomenon will often seem innocuous and difficult to detect. However, it is one of the leading causes of damp in U.K homes, and can lead to a range of problems, Not only can it lead to further problems relating to damp and mould, it causes issues on its own. Including musty odours, unsightly marks and wet spots, as well as triggering health issues such as asthma. If you spot a build-up of condensation happening on your windows in the morning, this may be an early warning sign and an indication of further problems to come.

Damp refers to the presence of moisture within or on the structural elements of a property, such as walls, floors, and ceilings. It can manifest itself in a range of ways, some of which will be visible, and others which may be harder to detect. In all its forms, damp is a serious problem for property owners and residents, as it can lead to significant structural damage, the growth of harmful mould, and health problems stemming from excessive moisture and poor air quality. Some of the tell-tale signs of damp include the growth of spots of black mould, peeling or brittle wallpaper, and surfaces that are unusually cold or moist. However, when it comes to damp we’d strongly urge preventive measures, as it can often be undetectable and is a pervasive problem for most properties.

When it comes to moisture and properties there are a number of different harmful strains of mould that can cause significant problems, with over 10 different types commonly found in U.K homes. Most of these strains are relatively easy to spot with a cluster of black or dark green spots occurring on walls usually at the base of the floor or ceiling, and in areas with significant exposure to moisture, such as near windows or in bathrooms. Many strains of mould can cause significant health risks, such as allergens, skin irritation and respiratory problems.

Mould can also provide difficult to remove, making preventive measures especially important.

The only sure fire way to prevent these issues from arising is to make sure the temperature regulation and air ventilation in your home or commercial property is controlled by the presence of air conditioning units and ventilation systems that have been designed, installed, and commissioned by experts. With years of experience in the industry and both BPEC and NICEIC qualified engineers, we can provide you with a service you can count on, and the peace of mind that comes from having a clean and safe property.

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