Home condensation is typically created through things that are a part of daily family life and can affect many areas of a house. Condensation can occur when there is an excess amount of water contained in the air which then tends to cool and collect on surfaces in various rooms in a dwelling. Such things as cooking, showering and sometimes even breathing can exacerbate the amount of moisture levels that are in the air. It is also significantly affected by the lack of air flow in a particular area, when there are cold and damp wall surfaces, the drying of clothes on a warm radiator and various other like items. Warm air molecules are able to hold more moisture when airborne and tend to settle on surfaces when they cool. This is because they are reduced in diameter and therefore cannot keep the prior moisture level, forcing them to be deposited on surfaces that are within proximity. This is not only a nuisance to the homeowner, but can be a health hazard as well for people who are suffering from respiratory issues.

There has been a growing interest in household mold, as this substance tends to grow in moist and dark conditions on many surfaces. Homeowners trying to remove this problem with common household cleaning products such as bleach can find this to be difficult and unlikely to work as a permanent solution. There are some ways to retard and eliminate the growth of mold and that is to eliminate the areas where moisture and therefore mold can grow. One common solution is the use of high density polypropylene membrane that can be used in the wall system to create a air gap barrier. Since the membrane does not allow moisture to pass through, this can help to eliminate the moisture issues and help to prevent the growth of any mold. It is a great way to protect any wall or finish that is applied to it. Condensation typically occurs when the thermal currents in a room are insufficient to remove the excess moisture. When using a membrane as an insulating material, the walls are no longer cold and water vapour won’t collect there. The nice thing about these types of membrane is that they can be applied new or over the top of the old wall.

This is particularly great for contractors who don’t have to mess with the structure of they house if it isn’t necessary. The best method is still prevention, and this is through improved ventilation techniques — whether this is the addition of more air outlets or through a forced air system. With proper air flow, moisture condensation and build up can be effectively eliminated.

William Davies thinks theres nothing worse than slimy walls. Hes worked on all kinds of homes and found it everywhere. However, its not always possible to catch it straight away and the damage done can be great. Good household insurance will cover the damage.

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