Condensation control – PIV Units

Condensation is where warm air created by everyday living comes into contact with cooler air or a cold surface this causes a form of dampness.

Poor Ventilation creates condensation build up in properties and can lead to lead to damp and mould growth if left for long periods withopivut treatment.

What to watch out for:

  • Water running down walls
  • Mould growing in corners of rooms, behind furniture, spotting on glass or around windows
  • Windows streaming (especially on a morning)
  • Unpleasant odour’s
One way of controlling condensation is by installing a Positive Input Ventilation (PIV) unit.

The unit is installed in the loft area and a vent would be placed at the top of the landing area in your home.

This is the perfect position to give the PIV the area it needs to move the air around your home.

Cannon generally install and set up the PIV within three hours.

The unit works by drawing fresh air from the lofts natural leakage points. This air is then passed through the filters of the unit and gently introduced into your home. This keeps the rooms well ventilated, air fresh and condensation to a low.

A few of the many benefits to having a PIV installed are:
  • Cures condensation within your home
  • Reduces the risk of mould growth
  • Removes indoor air pollutants such as carbon monoxide and radon gas.
  • Research has shown that preventing moisture in a home can reduce allergic reactions to dust mites and other pollutants that affect those suffering from respiratory disorders.

For more information on Positive Input Ventilation units please contact our office on 0800 859 5181.

Silicone Render application completed in Sheffield

What is house rendering?Rendering

Rendering is a process where an external wall covering is applied by a plasterer to protect the external walls of a building.

What are the benefits of having your property Rendered?

Applying a coat of render over external walls is good way of giving your house a facelift, especially if the exterior is unappealing and in poor condition.

This application is also used to protect the property from weather damage and penetrating damp and if good maintenance of the wall is kept it will keep the internal walls dry.

If you would like any advice about how render would benefit your home please contact Cannon for a free survey on 0800 859 5181.

Rising Damp found on a survey in Leeds

You can clearly see the effects of rising damp on the paint work to this Cottage

Rising Damp in older buildings is common.

Rising Damp

Rising damp in the corner of this property

Despite being strong built walls unfortunately most were constructed without a damp proof course in place.

Due to this fact it does leave older properties more susceptible.

Damp does not just affect internal and external walls it can also found rising through concrete floors.

Signs to watch out for include a “tide-mark” on the wall above skirting boards of up to 1 metre.

Rising damp leads to dampness in walls, mould, blistering, the peeling of paint and wallpaper and damaged render.

It is important to remember that there are many forms of damp that can affect a property, so it is always wise to contact experts for advice!

If you think your property may be suffering with any kind of damp issues, please contact Cannon for a free damp & timber survey.

Floor Replacement Rotherham

Floor replacement – Why the need to replace the floor?

Unfortunately, rising damp had caused the joists to rot meaning a floor replacement needed to take place.

Floor replacement

                Floor joists having being replaced

Damp and timber joists do not mix well.

Any kind of structural timber be it roof trusses, doorframes, window frames and joists should be inspected regular in order to watch out for wet rot, dry rot and any infestations.

As you can see the joists have been replaced and our technicians are in the process of resolving the rising damp issue.

Be wise and have regular timber inspections in your home!

Contact Cannon for a free damp and timber survey on 0800 859 5181