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Condensation in a Fiited Wardrobe Cavity in Ground Floor Apartment?

Postby Wanless » Mon Oct 19, 2015 10:52 am

I am currently having problems with mould in an apartment that I rent out. After being told by an investigator that it is not damp and is, in fact, condensation, I am trying to take steps to eradicate, or at least, mitigate the problem.

The outer wall of the main bedroom is the problem. This has fitted drawers built up against it and also the end of a fitted wardrobe in one corner. The mould is appearing on clothes in the bottom drawers and on any clothes/shoes near to or touching the bottom corner of the fitted wardobe.

I am going to use some anti-mould paint on the walls behind the drawers, however, where the fitted wardrobe meets the aforementioned wall, it seems that outer board of the wardrobe is not fitted right up to the outer wall, which means there is an cavity in there, which of course, I cannot see. I have no idea what is going inside this cavity and it could be full of mould etc. As you can imagine, I don't want to disassemble the fitted wardrobes.

I had an idea to cut 2 rectangles in the narrow panel on the front of the wardrobes (to the left of wardrobe door hinges that runs from the top of the drawers to the ceiling - very diffilcut to describe!!). I would then attempt to somehow use the holes as a way of getting a brush on there to paint the walls with the anti-mould stuff and then to put two vents where the holes are to help with the circulation.

What I want to know is, am I wasting my time? Could the manner in which the wardrobes were fitted be a contributing factor in the condensarion problem? Are the vents going to make any difference in this instance? The apartments above don't seem to be suffereing the same problem - how can that be? - is condensation worse in ground floor properties?? And worst case, if I can't sort it, who are the best professionals to help me with this combination of problems. Damp specialist / Carpenter / Joiner?????

Any advice is appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

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Postby rap12 » Sat Oct 24, 2015 1:58 pm

Short answer is you will have to remove the fitted wardrobe - its a must.

After examining the walls behind the wardrobe & the floor & the ceiling you could report back here on your findings.

Is this a cavity wall with or without cav insulation?

Is it a rendered wall?
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