Why do we suffer from condensation in our homes?
Daily home living (cooking, showering, washing and drying clothes) will produce extreme amounts of moisture within a property. The average 3 person family creates around 15 pints of moisture every day. Newly built properties are designed so you can seal windows, they will have insulation in or on the walls and no open chimney which means that large amounts of moisture will be trapped in the property resulting in condensation problems.
Will double glazing stop condensation?
The answer is simple – no. In most cases it only makes matters worse. Condensation will occur in the cool parts of the property. If a house has double glazing, walls are mostly colder than the window so condensation will be reverted to the walls.
Can I live in my property while the work is being carried out ?
In most cases the answer is yes, but each job may vary, our damp domestics will try everyway possible to keep the debris to a bare minimum. But this will be discussed before the work starts.
Why does the plaster on the walls have to be removed if the walls are damp but does not look to bad ?
The plaster may contain salts carried up from the ground, such as chlorides and nitrates which are hygroscopic and have the ability to absorb moisture from the atmosphere, which in cases of high humidity can cause continuing dampness to the internal wall surfaces. Replacing this plaster resolves the problem and using an additive in the sand/cement backing coat will prevent any residual salts in the brickwork from migrating into the plaster after the dampness has been controlled.
How long after the work has been completed can i redecorate ?
This could range between as soon as 2 weeks to 6 months, but usually from 2-3 weeks.
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