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Condensation Control & Black Mould In The North East, Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland & Durham

The Problem

Condensation in the North East is a major problem affecting many homes throughout Newcastle, Gateshead, Durham & Sunderland, and is very common in houses which lack sufficient ventilation. The problem, if left untreated without effective condensation control, can lead to black mould forming on walls and ceilings, which in turn can damage wallpaper and painted surfaces, as well as furniture and clothing etc. Spores produced by black mould and the moist conditions can also increase the risk of illness such as asthma and bronchitis.

What is condensation?

Air contains a certain amount of water vapour that is invisible to the naked eye; the amount of water air can hold is directly   related to the temperature of the air, the higher the air temperature, the more water vapour it can hold. Condensation in the North East occurs when air carrying water vapour comes into contact with a cooler surface and condenses it, such as external walls, windows, ceilings and tiles etc. It is for this reason that the bathroom mirror steams up after a shower, or when  you get into your car on a cold morning and the windscreen steams up.

Where does condensation occur?

The most vulnerable condensation areas are kitchens and bathrooms, where large amounts of moisture are produced.  Often, other areas are affected, such as on cold surfaces in other rooms, especially bedrooms where moisture can also travel. The effects of condensation can also be visible: droplets of water can appear on internal window panes, especially in the morning.  These droplets then form on walls and ceilings, but are not visible as they soak into the paint/wallpaper.  Problems can go unnoticed and are not diagnosed until black mould problems start to appear.

The following areas are particularly prone to condensation:

  • Cold surfaces such as mirrors, single glazed windows (above) and metal window frames.
  • Kitchens and bathrooms.
  • External walls of unheated rooms.
  • Cold corners of rooms.
  • Wardrobes/cupboards and behind furniture against an outside wall.

How to tackle condensation dampness: condensation control

Increasing ventilation is the key to rid your house of condensation.  This is required so that when moist air is produced, it has somewhere to escape.  Simply opening a window will help, but it’s not really going to solve your condensation problem. Up to the late 1960’s the housing stock in the North East including Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland & Durham had sufficient natural ventilation due to the lack of double glazing, poorly fitting windows and doors and open fire places. Present attitudes have eliminated natural ventilation by the use of double glazing, draught excluders, fitted carpets (preventing air movement up through suspended wooden floorboards) and the removal of open fire places with the introduction of central heating. To put it simply; buildings have been effectively sealed and provided better conditions for condensation to occur in the North East.

We recently carried out a survey for a landlord who was having condensation problems in Brentwood Avenue, Jesmond, Newcastle, NE2 3DH, the property had been recently purchased from the original owner and never suffered from condensation before. The landlord had fully refurbished the property replacing old single glazed windows and timber doors with new upvc double glazing, he had also removed the fireplaces and blocked them off, these upgrades had eliminated drafts and ensured the property was now well insulated but these upgrades had effectively sealed the property up like a tupperware box and the moisture laden air had nowhere to go.

Ventilation is the key to eliminating condensation problems but is only effective if consistent throughout the whole inside of the house. Further problems are encouraged by poor ventilation where stagnant air pockets are created.

Trustguard can supply and install top-quality condensation units within your loft area, which operate almost silently; you will hardly know it’s there. A unit designed and installed correctly will ensure that old, moisture-laden air is removed from your home and replaced with good quality air. The benefits of which are improved air quality and an environment in which condensation cannot exist, and thus no more black mould problems.

At Trustguard, we have supplied and installed Positive Input Ventilation Anti-Condensation Units for numerous clients throughout the North East including, Letting Agents, Landlords, Local Authorities and Housing Associations, as well as domestic households. We have practical expertise second-to-none and our high quality installation service means you can rely on the effectiveness of the equipment and its installation.

We cover whole of the North East of England dealing with the problems arising from condensation in Newcastle, Northumberland, Durham, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear and Cleveland.