How to Protect Your Building from Mould and Condensation
May 12, 2021

How to Protect Your Building from Mould and Condensation

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Condensation occurs anytime there is more moisture in the air than the air can hold; as warm air cools, water droplets form.  This can cause drips from your ceiling or surface moisture.  Left unchecked, this condensation will eventually cause mould.  Interior humidity during cold weather is a common cause of condensation.  This is a result of your heating or cooling system, improper construction, or gas operated heaters.  Commercial dehumidifiers can help to reduce internal moisture.  Let’s take a look at how to protect your building from mould and condensation.

Types of condensation

Two types of condensation can occur indoors.  The first is visible condensation, and it is the easiest to deal with because you know it’s there.  This condensation is the water droplets you see on skylights, water pipes, windows, or heating ducts.

The second type of condensation is concealed condensation.  This is the one that causes mould because you can’t see it.  When you don’t know you have condensation, it gets built up and ignored until it causes further problems.  Concealed condensation happens when moisture passes to the interior of a building, usually inside walls.  The causes are numerous, but all of them are related to some sort of improper ventilation or sealing between indoors and outdoors.  Concealed condensation usually appears as stains, mould, or mildew on walls or ceilings.

Reducing and eliminating condensation

The goal to reduce condensation is to keep the humidity level in your building between 30 and 50%.

  • Insulate your building well
  • Use fans to encourage air circulation and evaporation
  • Ensure you have proper ventilation in place for heating and cooling systems
  • Check windows and doors for air leaks
  • Install a commercial dehumidifier to pull moisture out of the air

The basics of mould control

The key to controlling mould in your building is to control the amount of condensation.  If you already have mould, it is essential to clean up the mould promptly and fix the leak that caused it.  Any areas that have received water damage should be dried within 24-48 hours to prevent the growth of mould.

How to get rid of mould

It is impossible to get rid of all mould spores inside a building completely.  There will always be some floating around in the air.  The key is to keep them from growing.  If moisture isn’t present, it can’t grow.  If you have discovered mould growth in your building and it’s not too extensive, you can scrub it off the surface with detergent and water.  If the mould growth is extensive, it may require a mould remediation service.  Avoid breathing or touching the mould while cleaning it up by wearing a mask and protective clothing.

A commercial dehumidifier or an industrial dehumidifier is the easiest way to reduce condensation inside your building.  Take steps to fix the moisture source as well.  Condensation is a natural occurrence, particularly during the winter months.  Proper ventilation, insulation, and circulation will help prevent condensation from turning into mould.