Humidity from leakage and humidity from condensation

Post 28 August 2012 In Condensation and filtration

There are two main types of humidity that can affect a home: humidity from leakage and humidity from condensation.

Leakage may be due to some type of defect in a home’s walls or roof, which prevents proper insulation from the outdoor elements. This allows dampness, whether derived from wet weather or from below ground, to affect the interior of the home. Problems with this type of humidity require the affected areas to be repaired; otherwise the problem will never be solved. There can also be leaks that do not come from the outside, but which are instead caused by small drips from the home’s water pipes. Such cases also require repairs in order to solve the problem. Over time, leakage can cause paint peeling, wet plaster, and staining on walls.

Condensation is due to an excessive amount of humidity in the air. This excess humidity can be caused by household activities such as cooking and washing, or even by simply breathing. Condensation is produced when air carrying excessive humidity comes in contact with a colder surface. This occurs most commonly in the winter, when outdoor temperatures are much lower than those inside the house. The areas most typically affected are windows (with outdated insulation), north-facing walls (which receive the least sunlight and therefore stay colder), and poorly ventilated areas. Over time, the condensation of excess humidity will lead to staining on walls and the appearance of mould. Dehumidifier products help control excessive environmental humidity in the home, to help prevent damage and the need for costly repairs.

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