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Why should you take condensation seriously?

Ice buildup on patio door due to condensation - hard wood floor damage
It's easy to ignore the effects of condensation on windows, after all what's a little water? Although sometimes it looks like nothing is happening, it is only a matter of time before the compounding little droplets of water make their way into places you cannot see.

Window condensation can lead to a number of issues that can affect both the home and the home environment:

  1. Mold and mildew growth:
    Excessive condensation on windows can create a moist environment that promotes the growth of mold and mildew. Mold and mildew can not only damage the window frame and sills but also cause health problems like allergies, asthma, and other respiratory issues.

  2. Structural damage:
    If the window condensation is not addressed, it can lead to the rotting of the window frame, sills, and even the wall surrounding the window. This can weaken the structural integrity of the home and potentially cause costly repairs.

  3. Painted surfaces:
    When moisture from condensation accumulates on surfaces, it can cause paint to peel, bubble, or flake off. In severe cases, the paint can become completely saturated with moisture and fall off in large chunks.

  4. Drywall Damage:
    When moisture from condensation penetrates drywall, it can cause the material to become saturated and weakened. Over time, this can cause the drywall to become stained, warped, or even completely deteriorated.

  5. Water damage:
    Water damage can occur if condensation is left untreated. Over time, water can seep into the walls and ceiling, causing damage to the drywall, insulation, and even electrical systems.

  6. Energy loss:
    When there is excessive condensation on windows, it can also result in energy loss as the moisture can reduce the insulating properties of the window. This can lead to higher energy bills as the heating and cooling system works harder to maintain a consistent temperature.

  7. Decreased indoor air quality:
    Excessive condensation can also result in poor indoor air quality, which can negatively impact the health of occupants. This is because moisture can promote the growth of bacteria and other microorganisms that can cause respiratory problems.

  8. Window damage:
    If you notice condensation between the panes of a double- or triple-glazed window, it can be a sign that the seal is broken, which can lead to energy loss and reduced insulation. In this case, the window may need to be repaired or replaced.

  9. Humidity levels:
    High indoor humidity levels can contribute to window condensation. You can reduce humidity by using exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens, fixing leaks, and using a dehumidifier.

  10. Temperature differences:
    Window condensation can also be caused by temperature differences between the inside and outside of the home. In cold weather, warm, moist air inside the home can come into contact with cold windows and condense. In hot weather, the opposite can occur. Ensuring proper ventilation and insulation can help reduce temperature differences and prevent condensation.

By taking steps to address window condensation promptly and preventing it from recurring, you can help protect your home and ensure a healthy living environment for you and your family.

There are ways of lowering humidity levels in your home and potentially heading off problems associated with condensation, but it can be difficult with the volatile outdoor temperatures that are at the root of the problem. Would new windows make a difference? Maybe. Give us a call for a free consultation. We’ll assess the situation for you and provide advice and options.

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