Condensation Control

Condensation Surveys in Yorkshire

Condensation Control in Yorkshire, York, Harrogate and Scarborough.

Do you suffer from mould and condensation problems?

Condensation is a problem that affects both old and new buildings and is caused by an imbalance usually the result of sustained high humidity through lifestyle or other influences, inadequate heating and ventilation, and poor building design. Daily living activities such as; washing, cooking and drying clothes all produce moisture vapour which is carried within the air, where an inbalance occurs this can result in the air being incapable of holding the water within it which can lead to condensation and mould issues. As inevitably the production of moisture/water vapour is often lifestyle related, condensation issues can be difficult to resolve.

If you're experiencing only a minor problem with condensation we will be able to provide you with advice which following simple changes can often be sufficient to resolve the issue. If however, your problem is more serious resulting in water damage or extensive mould to your furnishings, belongings and decorations you are likely to need our specialist assistance.

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Is your damp surveyor qualified?

We provide professional and credible damp and condensation reports which are only undertaken by experienced and fully qualified surveyors who hold the National Qualification for remedial surveying C.S.R.T. awarded by the BWPDA / PCA our industry body. This proves that our surveyors have been independently examined and tested, proving their extensive knowledge and expertise. Our surveyors also have a BPEC Qualification in Domestic Heating and Ventilation.

Our surveys are carried out in accordance with The British Standards Code of Practice and refer to up to date building regulations.

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Our surveyors have the knowledge and experience to help.

Before trying to provide a solution, it is essential the severity and extent of your condensation / mould problem is known, for this reason a survey is required.

You're most likely to see condensation arising during busy periods in the day i.e. early morning and late night, when most moisture vapour is produced. These are ideal times for a condensation survey to be undertaken. There are however circumstances where a spot inspection may not always reveal the true extent of your problem.

Electronic Data LoggersIn these circumstances, our surveyors use specialist electronic data loggers which can be left within your property over a period of time. These data loggers will record vital information about your home's environment, giving us a deeper insight into what's happening when we are not around. This is information about your home's environment, which could not necessarily be recorded in a single site visit.

During our surveys our surveyors also use other sophisticated equipment to provide us with detailed information about your building such as; specialist thermal imaging cameras to determine areas or surfaces which are damp or at risk of condensation, electro hygrometers to assess atmospheric conditions, velocity manometers to assess the performance of mechanical ventilation and surface thermometers to assess the surface temperatures throughout the building.

Based on the information recorded and site inspections, we can provide you with the most economical solution to resolve your issue.

Condensation Surveys

Our survey inspections for condensation and mould may include;

  • Heating and ventilation assessments
  • Remote data logging of the indoor & outdoor environment
  • Temperature assessment
  • Relative humidity assessment
  • Specific humidity assessment
  • Surface temperature analysis
  • Thermal imaging
  • Dew point analysis
  • Mould inspections & Swab testing (additional services)
  • Mould removal and cleaning

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Our surveyors will compile their findings in a cost effective report along with comprehensive advice of any problems identified including our recommendations, specifications and costs for repairs, if necessary. Edited pictures along with category damage ratings are also included to assist your understanding about the urgency of any repairs needed.

Our reports are available in both printed media and/or converted into secure electronic Portable Documents (PDF) for email.

Condensation Control

Condensation and mould problems are the result of an imbalance, which can be related to a combination of; high levels of occupancy, excessive moisture production, inadequate heating, ventilation and insulation and or poor building design and construction. As such in most scenarios, there is unlikely to one single answer to a complex problem and usually a series of alterations in different areas may be required. There are manufacturers of heating and ventilation products that will offer a free survey on your home for problems to do with mould and condensation, although inevitably you will be visited by a salesman for the company who will predictably try to sell you the only solution that company has to offer, one of their products!

Dryfix are NOT manufacturers of ventilation or heating systems, therefore unlike most companies we can provide you with impartial, independent advice and offer the most appropriate corrective action to resolve your issue, whatever the solution.

Suspect a Problem?

We are here to help. If you suspect a problem and require a survey, or need advice please contact us

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Want to know more about condensation?

Condensation ControlCondensation is by far the most common form of damp in buildings. It occurs when warm moist air carrying water in a vapour form is dramatically cooled. Cool air is unable to hold as much vapour as warm air, and as a result when the warm air is cooled water vapour is released from the air as a liquid.

You're most likely to see this process occurring on impervious materials such as glass, wall tiles and plastic surfaces. Condensation can however, also occur in areas such as roof spaces and floor voids. Where porous materials such as wood and plaster are present this can in extreme cases lead to decay, infestation and rapid deterioration.

Prolonged condensation can also lead to the germination of moulds which can grow on decorations, furnishings and stored articles, this is usually your first indication that a severe problem exists. Once mould spores begin to germinate, in the right conditions they can spread quickly, with colonies of mould often occurring where ventilation is poor i.e. in corners of rooms or behind furnishings and curtains.

Cleaning spores will temporarily remove them, however, if conditions remain the same mould will quickly reappear. Please be cautious when dealing with large areas of mould, mould growth and its removal is subject to the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) 2002 and affected areas greater than five square meters are regarded as a public nuisance and should only be cleaned by a specialist see our Mould Remediation page for further advice.

Generally most properties will at some point suffer from minor condensation, which is more a nuisance rather than a serious issue. However, condensation can become problematic and even a risk to health where moulds are present.

Reported instances of condensation are generally more common in winter months as the outdoor environment is cooler and building occupants are reluctant to open windows and ventilate their property. Modernisation of buildings with the installation of double glazing, central heating and draught proofing, reduces ventilation and increases the risk of humid air being trapped within the property.

The most common causes of moisture production in the home are, cooking, washing, drying clothes internally, un-vented tumble dryers, dish washers, paraffin gas heaters etc . As these activities are all lifestyle related, major condensation problems can be difficult to resolve. Reducing moisture production by removing gas heaters, closing doors between rooms, regulating heating and ventilating may help reduce the problem.

If you suspect a problem and require a survey, or need advice please Contact us.

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