Condensation Control

Condensation is perhaps the most common form of dampness in buildings today and can be the most difficult to diagnose. It is extremely underestimated and can lead to damaged decoration and furnishings, germination of unsightly mould growths and unhealthy living conditions. It is important to identify if you have a condensation problem and find an appropriate condensation treatment as quickly as possible. The easiest way to do this is to contact Richardson & Starling who are qualified to diagnose condensation and are condensation treatment specialists.

Ironically, condensation is often caused by improvements to buildings: insulation, draft proofing and double glazing are all good things to have, but they reduce the ventilation in a property. This allows moisture-laden air to condense on cold surfaces. This is why you can sometimes see water on walls or windows.

What Do You Do About Condensation?

You need to start with a competent survey of your property to properly diagnose the presence of Condensation. If Condensation is the problem we’ve got the ideal solution. We are in partnership with leading ventilation experts Envirovent. The Positive Input Ventilation System is a sophisticated whole home ventilation and condensation control unit.
The system works by drawing in fresh, filtered air from outside and ventilating the home from a central location such as a landing or central hallway. This means that the air doesn’t become too laden with moisture. There may be other forms of damp in your property contributing to the condensation such as rising or penetrating damp and these would be dealt with as part of the repair specification. We offer a range of damp proofing services which can help remove any signs of condensation and black mould damage: 
  • Condensation Survey
  • Condensation Control
  • Black Mould Removal
  • Mould Cleaner
condensation on the window

What Is Condensation?

One in five properties in the UK suffer from Condensation. The main reason why many British homes require condensation treatment is due to a high air moisture content in the property and this can occur easier than you may think. Moisture in the air is caused by everyday living – from little things like running a bath or even just making a cup of tea! A moisture build up can occur in the warm atmosphere of any type of property, whether that be a flat, apartment or household. 
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If moisture does build up during warm temperatures, this can cause issues when your property cools, as the moisture will start to condense and settle on cool surfaces. The moisture content of the air is known as the Relative Humidity.

Other factors that promote Condensation are poor heating, ventilation and insulation of the property. These require to be balanced in all properties to prevent Condensation occurring.

As mentioned, this is an extremely common problem and condensation happens in almost every property around the world, however, it affects some worse than others and should not be underestimated. As condensation is the most common form of dampness found in buildings, Richardson & Starling have dealt with many properties which have been affected. For further details make sure you read our Condensation Control FAQs.
At Richardson and Starling, we can deliver a range of condensation control systems that will eradicate the problem from your home for good, call us today for more information about our condensation treatment and black mould removal service.

Why Is Condensation a Problem?

Condensation on walls is often underestimated. The rise of condensation has occurred as the result of improved standards of living. Home improvements such as insulation, double glazing and draught proofing have improved heat retention in British homes. This is a plus and a negative as properties are now suffering from a lack of air ventilation. 

As homes are not receiving regular ventilation, properties are now facing problems such as black mould growth, peeling decorations and damage to fabrics within their property. This will eventually lead to unpleasant musty damp smells occurring within a property and you will often find evidence of condensation on windows. 

A problem such as mould growth can germinate and grow on surfaces affected by condensation, therefore it is important that the area is treated as soon as possible. Visit our condensation control case studies section for examples of our work

Identifying Condensation

It is important that the type of damp affecting your property be diagnosed properly or you could end up spending money on works that will not solve the problem. Every property is different and the reasons causing the Condensation or Mould will be different for each property. This is where Richardson and Starling will help by surveying and checking the atmosphere and property fabric with our digital equipment to give an accurate diagnosis of the property care problem. Our teams have helped thousands of property owners check and diagnose condensation and mould before detailing the appropriate specification to effectively deal with condensation and mould problem.
If you have spotted any of the following signs, get in touch with your local property care experts at Richardson and Starling. 
  • Water gathering on the inside of your windows or at the window sill 
  • Water gathering on surfaces such as kitchen/bathroom tiles
  • Growth of black mould on walls and skirting
  • Peeling of wallpaper or deteriorating paintwork
  • Mould growing on clothes or stored articles
  • A strong musty smell
You should always be aware of the presence of condensation as it can affect any part of a property. In most cases, black mould and condensation usually form around windows or cold surfaces on walls and ceilings. Every property repair is different that is why we have a condensation control prices section where you can browse through our treatments. 
condensation on the window

What Is Black Mould?

black mould on the wall
Black mould, something every property owner should aim to avoid. This blanket term is the generic name used to describe the Stachybotrys Chartarum, a species of mould. This form of mould can spread easily as it germinates in properties that have a build-up of moisture in the air and grows on condensation moisture on surfaces. Properties which are warm and humid are at higher risk of condensation and the growth of mould.

The only positive thing about black mould is that it is instantly recognisable. The downside of the black fungus is that it can spread through materials like paint, wallpaper and plaster, causing damage to the fabric of a home. It also can severely affect clothes and furnishings.

Black mould growth also leaves a lingering damp smell. Black mould also carries health risks, with the potential to aggravate existing respiratory conditions.

Why Is Black Mould a Problem?

We are commonly asked if black mould can cause health problems, the answer to that is, yes. Black mould can affect your health, personal possessions, and home decor and leave a nasty odour lingering throughout the property. It can also be a key indicator of an underlying issue such as condensation or a property defect. Children and elderly people are especially vulnerable to black mould aggravating existing health symptoms.

Spotting A Black Mould Problem

Removing mould from your home begins with finding it. Black mould can creep up on you when you don’t expect it as it can be found on your property’s walls, window sills, under floors in the attic and on the ceiling. 

One of the first signs of mould is the earthy, musty smell which comes along with it. Black mould comes in different forms it appears to be shiny and slimy before it transforms into a black or dark green colour. If you live in an older property keep an eye out for dried out mould which will turn grey and powdery looking.
Mould caused by condensation

Black Mould Removal Solutions

At Richardson and Starling, we can help you remove the presence of black mould from your home. There are a number of ways that you can remove mould from walls, this includes mould sterilisers and anti-mould paint, however, this will not solve the root of the problem.

To eradicate the mould growth, you require to solve the condensation problem in your property. Our condensation control team can help you find a long term solution for your property problem. In most cases, air ventilation can be improved with a dehumidifier or a positive pressure ventilation unit. However sometime there are other property defects that require to be repaired such as penetrating damp to ensure the condensation and the mould growth does not return.

Professional Mould Removal: Ventilating Your Home

Condensation is often a long-term problem and it will not disappear overnight. This is why it is important that you have your property checked for condensation damage. If the only sign of condensation in your home is mould growth, it may mean that significant damage has already happened. There are several steps you can take, as a property owner, to improve the air quality inside your home. 

You should aim to normalise the Relative Humidity (RH) level in your home to between 40% and 60%. RH can be balanced by ensuring appropriate heating, ventilation, and insulation in your property. Once you balanced these factors in your home and you have reduced the generation of excessive moisture into the air this will avoid condensation.

Areas to control moisture in the home:

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  • Kitchen(s)
  • Bathroom(s)
  • En-suite(s)
  • WCs
  • Utility room
These are all areas of the home which you should keep in mind when you are treating condensation. If you are currently experiencing condensation problems in the rooms listed above and the surrounding area of your home, it may mean that the existing extractor fans are unable to cope with the volume of moisture being generated inside your home. 
At Richardson & Starling our Condensation Damp Solutions team can help you with diagnosing the damp problem and specifying the appropriate remedial action which may include a whole house condensation control unit which will guarantee that the home is properly ventilated. 

Condensation Damp Solutions

There is only one way to solve a condensation problem and that is by an accurate diagnosis of the property problem and specifying the appropriate system to solve the damp issue which may include installing a proper air ventilation system. We’re experts in dealing with property preservation problems, and that means that we know what causes them! It’s rare for these problems to just disappear without positive action. Often as not, it’s simply the case that people don’t know that the issues are occurring. 
Our specific property report will contain what you need to know: what’s happened, why it’s happened and how you can stop it from happening again! We’ll always be happy to talk this through with you and give you advice as well. 
Homes within the UK are susceptible to condensation as we have long winters and colder months throughout the year with lots of rain which mean we often do not let enough fresh air into our homes. If you think you have condensation or mould in your home currently or are looking to treat your home before it begins, contact your local branch of Richardson and Starling today and we will help you choose a suitable solution for your property.
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