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The Effects of Damp and Mould on Health

Damp is a problem which can affect almost any property, but particularly more aged properties that do not include an adequate damp proofing course or even have inadequate ventilation. Damp can develop when the moisture content in the air is unable to escape from the room, as a result the moisture condenses on cool surfaces such as walls and windows. Over time, this dampness may cause an issue, encouraging the growth of fungi, which can emerge as green and black coloured spots, usually collated in a cluster on the contaminated surface as can be seen in the picture below.

Black spot mould

The health implications of damp and mould

Mould can prove to be a health issue, especially for those in regular exposure to mould and damp. For example – those who have respiratory difficulties, specifically individuals with asthma, might discover that their symptoms worsen while they are around this type of atmosphere. Mould may also trigger problems with skin allergies, encouraging or aggravating existing symptoms.

Mould is certainly a cause of many common health issues, and is especially a concern in Britain due to the climate of frequent damp and cold weather spells. One of the key areas that mould may gather is in areas such as carpet pile, which can then simply be released into the air and simply inhaled again.

The importance of being aware

Awareness of the effects of damp and mould on health is quite low and people should really be conscious of how and why mould can potentially cause health issues, even in people regarded as fit and healthy. The most typical health issues involving mould include sinusitis, asthma and bronchitis.

Properties that have suffered from flooding over the past twelve months are also susceptible to the  development of mould. Given the right environment the mould could develop rapidly throughout the property in only a few months following the flooding. Mould may be found on wallpaper, behind wall tiles and also windowpanes. Radiators also prove to be a hotspot for mould. It is advised that homeowners frequently check for symptoms of mould. If you suspect damp or mould in your property contact a specialist who can conduct a damp proofing survey to identify the cause of the dampness and suggest  the best way of damp proofing system for your property.

Removing mould and damp

Super Value Mould Removal Kit

To help with the removal of mould in properties The Damp Proofing Specialists can offer a super value mould removal kit to remove mould and prevent mould growth coming back. The kit is available to purchase on-line for £36.95 inc VAT and delivery.

Further Help and Advice

To find out more about mould and damp give our team of damp specialists a call on 0800 0193 022 or complete our general enquiries form online for help and advice and will contact to you as soon as possible.