Welcome to January – What a start to the new year!

Happy new year – a bit late, but we have been busy.

What a start to the year.

Tilehurst Roofing have processed well over 450 enquiries so far this year 63 on christmas eve alone.  Most of the calls were related to storm damage repairs, high winds, continuous driving rain and blown off tiles and slates.

Our roofing teams including the office team have been working 7 days a week and long hours to cope with the high demand.

Besides the most common enquiry, tiles/slates blown off, we have had approx 45%  of all relating to damp and condensation.

I have written many times about condensation, and have compiled a quick list of helpful hints.

The damp problem is less easier to explain- but here goes.

Brickwork is not watertight! 

The outer layer of brickwork construction can let in rain.  Since approximately 1930, house construction changed from predominantly solid wall structures to cavity walls.

Solid walls by the nature of masonry would allow moisture to eventually percolate through, and cause dampness.

This is more evident when the wall or chimney stack is exposed to prolonged and severe wind driven rain.

Brick types vary considerably in their physical properties depending on the type of clay used and method of manufacture.  Older bricks will be more porous than the modern day equivalents.

During long periods of wind driven rainfall the brickwork becomes saturated directing excess water down the outer face.  Mortar being more porous than the masonry unit, will absorb large volumes of water, which then penetrates the wall/chimney inner face allowing water to pass into the roof space.

Older chimney stacks contain no damp proof course.

Other contributing factors can speed up the ingress of water through this area.

Thats another story!!

Back to condensation….

Here are Tilehurst’ Roofing’s Top Condensation 10 tips.

  1. To ensure that u.p.v.c windows have vents that work.  If not get ventilation units fitted.
  2. Uncover ventilation bricks.
  3. Make sure fireplaces all have a ventilation grill if they have been boarded over.
  4. Make sure the kitchen and bathroom have an extractor fan – always use it when taking a shower or bath.
  5. Make sure tumble dryers are vented to the outside, if not use a condenser dryer.
  6. This always works… leave a window partly open – Open a top hung window slightly let AIR  into the house.
  7. Do not dry clothes inside the house.
  8. Turn the heat down a 5 degree drop in temperature means a lot less water can go into suspension in the air.
  9. Do not run your heating on and off cycle, turn the temperature down, and leave it on low all the time.
  10. To ventilate a room a window and door or 2 No windows need to be open.  This allows air movement especially at night in the bedroom.

 Did you know the average person sweats and loses around 8 pints of water in a 12 hour period.

Caroline Scheel

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