Severe Weather, Condensation and Mould05/07/2012

Following a severe weather warning issued to the majority of the UK by the Met Office, homeowners must ask themselves whether they are prepared for the upcoming heavy rainfall, which by the looks of things, has already started! And no, by preparing for the weather we don’t mean getting out your winter boots and brollies once again; instead, you need to watch out for any damp or condensation problems in your home.

Don’t let the damp drag you down

If you notice condensation or damp during the rainy periods then don’t leave it untreated, as the problem will only worsen and eventually take its toll on your health and the health of others living in your household. Condensation damp can lead to the growth of mould, thus leading to the dispersion of mould spores. Mould spores are known allergens and have been attributed to being a trigger for asthma and allergies, dust allergy and hay fever. Fungal colonies also release ‘volites,’ a type of gas that’s associated with headaches, nausea and fatigue. If you believe your home is already suffering from damp or condensation problems then you’ll need to get it sorted quickly, especially before this month’s heavy rainfall worsens the situation!

Diagnosing the damp

Take a look at our diagnosing the damp blog for information on the types of damp and their symptoms, or take a look at our damp page for further help with diagnosis. It really is good to familiarise yourself with each damp problem, so you’ll know what to look out for during July’s upcoming heavy rainfall. It’s important to note that damp can often be wrongly diagnosed, which is why an investigation into the type of dampness is advised in order to avoid misdiagnosis. This should also be done as soon as possible in order to prevent the problem from getting worse!

Careful it’s not condensation

If streaming windows and walls, deterioration in decoration or the growth of black mould is apparent in your home then your home may be suffering from condensation. We don’t blame you if all of this talk about cold and rainy weather has done nothing but fuel you into turning the heating right up and shutting all the windows. However, you’re likely to experience condensation problems by doing so. This is because condensation forms on surfaces when the temperature of that surface is below the dew point of the surrounding air. In order words, if you begin to see condensation on windows then that’s because the poor, humid indoor air is settling on the cold window surface, as it has no way of getting out.

Condensation cure

If you are experiencing condensation problems then turn to EnviroVent’s energy efficient ventilation solutions.

EnviroVent have a whole range of ventilation products that are designed to minimise the amount of moisture in the home. Positive Input Ventilation (PIV) units and Multiple Input Ventilation (MIV®) units to improve the indoor air quality in your home.

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