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CONDENSATION - CALL 1300 382 826 TO INVESTIGATE CONDENSATION IN THE HOME

Probably the most invasive and destructive issue in any dwelling is the presence of unwanted moisture and in particular, condensation.

Condensation is the end result of built up and trapped moisture in the built environment being unable to escape the building through a lack of ventilation. As the temperature drops in the affected area of the dwelling, the excessive moisture vapour falls from the atmosphere and descends onto the coldest surfaces in the area and condensates, turning into liquid moisture.

The trick to erradicating condensation is as follows:

 

1. Determine the cause of the excessive moisture via detection

 

Moisture built up in any dwelling for any reason is relieved by ventilating the area. Moisture is present everywhere and is created by simply residing in the dwelling through breathing, cooking, washing, cooking etc.

Excessive moisture is caused by either a leak which is causing the build up of liquid moisture somewhere in the affected area, or through a lack of ventilation. Determining the cause of the moisture is achieved by first visually inspecting the area affected to discount the possibility of any water ingress via a leak of some sort. If it is determined that there is a leak and therefore a repairable explanation for the source of moisture causing the condensation, then it requires repairing. If the chances of a leak being the cause has been discounted then the only other explanation that is left is that the naturally developed moisture is trapped in the dwelling. Determining the amount of moisture in the area and its exact location is achieved by measuring the amount and whereabouts of built up moisture in the built environment through the use of sophisticated moisture detecting equipment.

 

Moisture detection

 

The trick to any water damage salvage operation is fast action - and identifying all moisture laden areas of the dwelling, including invisible moisture, is paramount to the erradication of it.

Our moisture identification equipment and techniques will quickly and efficiently identify all moisture in the building and the entry points. This is achieved via infra red inspection technology which identifies temperature differences deep into building materials, concrete inspection metres, plaster and timber inspection metres and atmospheric moistue identification metres.

 

2. Remove the cause of excess moisture

This involves repairing any leak that may have caused the excessive moisture to develop, or through ventilating the affected area.

 

3. Dry the affected area

Achieved by using professional dehumidifiers and elevating the temperature of the affected area.

 

4. Ventilate the affected area

This can be achieved naturally by opeing windows and doors or through the introduction of mecahcnical ventilation which forces the moist air from the built environment.

 

5. Heat the affected area

Heating the affected area slows the onset of condensation. This is because heated air can sustain or suspend more moisture vapour than cold air.


SOURCES OF MOISTURE IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

 

1. Flood through equipment breakdown, storm and rising water

Water from these sources can be classified as either Category 1 (clean), Category 2 (general contamination) or Category 3 (sewerage) and we have the equipment and knowledge to quickly remove flood water from any dwelling. Speed is of the essence in attempting to avoid the negative consequences of water in the dwelling as if left, it can lead to mould, distorted timbers, condensation and long term damage to furniture and general belongings.

 

2. Moisture (visible and hidden) caused by a lack of ventilation

More difficult to reverse, often the symptoms of a lack of ventilation - rising damp, mould, mildew and condensation - have taken years to manifest themselves and can take several months to reverse unless radical action is taken.

 

 

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