Damp & Condensation

Posted: 27th August 2019

How To Tell The Difference Between Damp & Condensation

Damp isn’t an uncommon issue in British homes. According to HA Magazine, 5.8 million people have been affected by damp or condensation issues in their homes. But despite this, many people are still unable to tell the difference between the problems.

With this in mind, Granville, residential property developers, discuss the difference between damp and condensation and how you can treat this problem.


Condensation is an incredibly common problem within properties. It occurs when warm, damp air comes into contact with a cooler surface and frequently occurs in bathrooms or kitchens.

 A major sign of condensation is water collecting on windows. If this is left untreated, it can quickly result in damaged walls. To treat this, make sure to open your windows regularly and dry your clothes outside whenever possible. If this fails to treat the issue, consider investing in a dehumidifier to help eliminate the problem.

Rising Damp

If you have tide marks on the ground floor of your home, it’s likely you have rising damp. These stains will appear brown or yellow in colour and can be accompanied by peeling wallpaper or cracked skirting boards.

If you spot these issues, it’s vital you treat it straight away. Make sure to contact your new build home developer or a qualified rising damp specialist to ensure the problem is treated before causing any further damage.

Penetrating Damp

Penetrating damp is where water from the outside makes its way inside your property. This can occur on any level of your home and is important to deal with as quickly as possible to prevent dry or wet rot to the property. If you notice any leaks or black mould on your walls, make sure to contact your developer or roof surveyor immediately.

 It can be difficult to establish what damp problem exists at your property. At Granville, we ensure all of our new build developments in Essex and Suffolk are built using the highest quality of materials to ensure that these issues do not occur. However, should you ever experience any problems with your luxury new build home, from damp to a squeaky floor board, our customer service team are always on hand to help you through any issues you may have.

 If you have any questions about our upcoming housing developments, please call our sales team today on 01376 574599.