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Condensation forms because the moisture in the air can no longer be held as a vapour so it returns to liquid form. This occurs when warm moist air comes into contact with either cooler air or a cooler surface. 'Dew point' describes the temperature when air containing a given quantity of moisture vapour will condense onto that surface. While condensation is obvious when it house removals in Sheffield occurs on the most common impermeable surfaces such as window glass, cold water pipes and ceramic tiles; it will also form on any surface which is at, or lower than the dew point. The presence of condensation on more absorbent surfaces (such as plaster or wallpaper) becomes obvious when disruption, damage or mould growth forms on that surface. Mould growth is a typical sign of chronic condensation and occurs as spores which are always present in the air. These spores find water (condensate) and organic material (dirt and grease) that support their life cycle. Mould is a significant health risk to asthmatics, anyone with other respiratory conditions, the very young and elderly people. The high humidity levels associated with condensation also enables house dust mites to flourish. How to recognise condensation Practically, diagnosis of condensation cannot be just visual. Measurement of temperature, humidity, ventilation and condensation of insulation qualities and heating patterns need to be undertaken. However, typical signs of condensation to look out for are: Mould growth on wall surfaces, around external openings and in areas of low air circulation or poor ventilation Misty wall surfaces Water staining and streaking on walls, particularly in bathrooms and kitchens Patches of damp with no obvious edges What action is required? Double glazing and improved insulation means we have warmer homes but unless a property is adequately ventilated it can become damp. We ask all tenants to ensure that our properties are sufficiently ventilated by taking a few simple precautions stated below in order to avoid condensation and the build up of damp General Make sure that any ventilation bricks or openings are not obstructed. Bedrooms Open bedroom windows when you go to bed at night; a 10mm gap will do. If it really is too cold to do this, wipe the condensation off the windows first thing in the morning, but please do not put the cloth you used on the radiator to try as this will create more condensation.

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