It is well documented that dampness in buildings is a severe problem with moisture penetrating a building resulting in structural and superficial damage. A building that suffers from condensation often experience an environment that is uncomfortable, cold and detrimental to tenants. Condensation is seen as a major health risk and we at A1 Dampproofing Ltd would recommend that a survey is carried out instantly if any condensation or damp issues are suspected within a building.
Condensation is one of the most common causes of dampness within buildings in the UK and more often than not leads to the appearance of mould growth on decorative finishes. This mould growth is supported and enhanced by the existence of water droplets on walls, ceilings and other cold surfaces.
What causes condensation in buildings?
Condensation will appear in a building when warm air comes into contact with a cold surface. The warm air is then cooled to a stage below its saturation point which in turn will cause water droplets to appear on the non-absorbent cold surface such as windows and tiles.
A paper in the British Medical Journal, Vol 298, June 1989 stated that there is an increased link of ill health being reported in damp building and it is now accepted that polluted air is one of the main causes of the increase in asthma cases where children are most vulnerable.