Surbiton is a suburban area of south-west London within the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. It is situated next to the River Thames, 11.0 miles south west of central London. Tapco HomeDry are very close by in Thames Ditton and Esher and Surbiton is also bordered by Tolworth, New Malden and Hook. Many of the original large Victorian properties have been converted into flats and bedsits, which by their nature are vulnerable to damp, Dry Rot and condensation.
As the days become shorter and the temperature starts to drop, the time when condensation starts to affect our homes, arrives. Your windows and walls may start to become affected by water droplets or in a worst case scenario, streaming. Often damaging areas of mould appear, these are called Black Spot Mould caused by the fungus (Aspergillus spp.) which accompanies Condensation. Your clothes and furniture may also be affected and wall paper may start pealing. If you are experiencing any of these problems it is likely you have high humidity, condensation. More importantly it also damages your health.
What causes condensation?
All air contains some moisture which is natural, however there can be too much, especially in the colder, winter when the outside temperature drops and the internal temperature rises. Because windows are opened less, humidity from the kitchen, bathroom and general day to day living considerably rises. Drying washing indoors on a drying frame or warm radiator can raise moisture levels up to 30%, creating ideal breading conditions for the Aspergillus mould spores. These can cause a serious health risk, especially to people already suffering with weak immune systems, asthma, arthritis and rheumatism.
The average family can add as much as 10 litres of moisture to the air in their home each day. This can be increased drastically through inconsistent temperature and a lack of ventilation. Every home at some time suffers from the harmful effects of condensation which shouldn’t be ignored.
In the days when homes were poorly insulated and draughty, the excess moisture could easily escape. Today, double glazing and draught proofing that keep our homes so much better insulated and more comfortable also trap in the excessive moisture we generate.
Is it a difficult problem to control?
Simply turning up the heating can often make the problem worse. The laws of physics dictate that warm, moist air will migrate invisibly from its point of origin to a cooler surface, on which it will condense. If you are fortunate enough to be home all day you are much less likely to be affected by condensation because probably you are more likely to open your windows and control your heating. Unfortunately, for the people who have to work all day it’s more difficult because they can’t leave windows open all day and are unlikely to keep any heating on, creating ideal conditions for condensation.
Instruct a Tapco HomeDry qualified timber and damp surveyor to carry out a thorough condensation survey to ascertain the correct solution for your property.
The Tapco HomeDry Solutions for controlling condensation.
Install Passive Vapour Vents (PVV) to locations recommended by our surveyor. These allow air to enter without a cold draught.
Install a Condensation Control Unit (CCU) to a location recommended by our surveyor. This will introduce
thermostatically controlled air into the property and create a slight air pressure to control the humidity.
Install thermostatically controlled extractors to locations recommended by our surveyor.
Install insulated boarding or Warm Wall insulation to cold walls identified by our surveyor.
Remove the Mould Fungus using a fungisidal mould wash and if necessary paint the wall with a fungicidal paint.
If repairs are required as a result of damage caused by condensation Tapco HomeDry can undertake these to ensure the humidity is kept to a minimum.
For an immediate Condensation Survey in London, Surrey or the Home Counties call Tapco HomeDry now on 020 8398 6663.