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Condensation In The Home – Types, Causes And Treatment

Condensation In The Home – Types, Causes And Treatment

8th March 2017 | Amanda

Condensation is an unwelcome but all too common occurrence in many homes, with windows and patio doors, whether double glazed or not, being damp sometimes all year round.

There are three types of condensation that all have slightly different effects on your home. Here, we look at these different condensation types, what causes them, what effects they have and how we can tackle them.

  • Inner Condensation - This collects on the inside of your windows and doors and is caused by excess water vapour in the air in your property. If the outside of the windows get cold then the warm and damp air that hits the inside of the window turns into condensation. Day to day activities suck as cooking and showering can cause this. The colder months of Autumn and Winter will also increase condensation. This is more common on single glazed windows and doors.
  • Outer Condensation – This collects on the outside of your windows and doors and is caused the same way as inner condensation just the opposite way round. This effects more efficient windows. The warm air hits the outside of the windows, especially early morning, and efficient glazing will keep this out, causing condensation build up.
  • Gap Condensation – This collects in the gaps between two window panes and is caused by double glazing failing. All double glazing has small gaps between the pains which are filled with a harmless gas that makes a layer of air, helping keep warm air in and cold air out. If the seal breaks then the gas escapes causing condensation between the two panes. In extreme cases this can cause the inner space to over fill with water.

There is no quick fix for condensation, however there are things you can do to improve and limit it. Make sure your property is well ventilated, always have a window or door open when you are cooking or using the shower so the warm air can escape and any water build up that you notice should be wiped away with a towel. Avoid drying washing in doors, especially on radiators. Dehumidifiers can be very effective too. If the condensation is Gap Condensation then you will need to have your windows and/or doors repaired or replaced. Alpine Home Improvements can help with this, call 01277 263355 for more information

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