Condensation dampness is one of the most troublesome, recurring problems which afflicts the public sector housing stock in the UK. Apart from the unsightly visual evidence of the phenomenon its presence can have a debilitating effect on the occupiers of the dwelling.
In addition to improving the health of the families who live in affected dwellings, the rewards for success in solving, or preventing condensation problems are enormous - not only in fabric maintenance costs but also in the freeing up of housing maintenance personnel who annually return to the same dwelling to deal with the same recurring problems.
Condensation is arguably the most common form of dampness and can eventually lead to the growth of black mould. It forms on internal surfaces when the temperature drops sufficiently below the temperature of moist air inside the property.
You should watch out for it because if left to develop, condensation can lead to an unsightly, musty property. More importantly, it can also aggravate or trigger health problems such as asthma and wider complaints.
Day to day activities such as cooking, washing, bathing, ironing and even breathing all add to the problem. In a property of 4 people each will contribute approximately 4 pints of moisture per day, adding up to well over 100 pints per week! In the past there would be a natural escape for this hot, damp and poor quality air through window frames, doors, uncarpeted floorboards and so forth. However, building features designed to cut down heat loss such as cavity wall insulation, double-glazing and draught proofing, inhibit 'natural ventilation'. Instead, stale, humid air is trapped, commonly causing streaming windows, which will inevitably lead to musty smells, dampness and ultimately mould growth.
"Fife Council has long been an advocate of positive ventilation systems and developed an excellent partnership with EnviroVent in combating mould and condensation problems experienced by our tenants. PIV has a proven track record in addressing these problems and is of particular benefit where the primary cause is a lifestyle issue rather than a building defect."
"The home improvement programme has gone very well. Up until now we have installed over 2000 EnviroVent units and we are pleased with the results. Incidents of damp and condensation have reduced. As a landlord, Cartrefi Conwy is proud of the fact that by installing EnviroVent’s PIV Units we are improving the air quality and, therefore the standard of living for our tenants."
Great for solving condensation problems in properties with a loft.
Ideal for solving condensation problems in flats, apartments and properties without a loft.
Ideal for solving accute condensation problems in multiple rooms. Has the facility to draw cooler air from outside in the summer.