If your home has damp, you know it’s a problem and one that, unfortunately, some people ignore until it’s too late and they’re left with not only a home with structural issues, but large and costly repairs too. However, most homeowners take damp seriously and proceed to seek the help of a damp proofing specialist to fix the issue and more importantly, prevent it from reoccurring.
The reason that people sometimes ignore the odd patch of damp is because they believe that apart from the cosmetic problems damp causes, it doesn’t cause any other issues. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Damp does not just have a negative effect on your home, it can also have many negative effects on your health too. In fact, your health could be deteriorating as a result of damp in your home without you even knowing it.
What kind of damp can have implications on your health?
Black mould is one of the most common kinds of damp to affect health. Damp walls, floors and ceilings can quickly lead to the growth and spread of black mould spores which are toxic to humans when inhaled. Allowing black mould to grow in your home could pose a real risk to the health of you and your family.
Although black mould is potentially the most serious health concern that comes from having damp in your home, other forms of damp can be just as worrying; even condensation can be bad for your health if you live with it in your home for a long period of time. A humid atmosphere is not only unpleasant, but it can certainly (unknowingly to some) cause long-term health complications.
You may be thinking that you’ve had damp in your home and haven’t experienced any health implications, but it’s also important to consider the health of the inhabitants too. If you have an elderly relative or children living in a property that is showing signs of damp, their immune systems are much weaker than that of a healthy adult so they would be more high-risk.
What health implications can damp cause?
Health implications caused by damp include but are not limited to:
- Chronic coughing and other respiratory issues
- Asthma attacks
- Serious lung damage
- Allergic reactions
- Common colds and flus
- Infections e.g. Bronchitis/Tonsillitis
How can you remove damp from your home?
Fortunately, damp can be killed, removed and prevented by either yourself or a specialist, depending on the severity. We would always recommend that you seek the help of a damp proofing specialist to first, perform a damp survey your home. There may be patches of black mould or bits of visible damp that could be removed with the uses of a dehumidifier, but the issue may be more deep rooted, hazardous to health and unseen, but a specialist will be able to find the cause and more importantly, help and advise you on how to fix and prevent it.
Do you think your property may have damp? Are your health conditions worsening as a result of damp in your home? Get Keith Rennie to assess your property, he will thoroughly survey your home and make a full assessment on works required to repair any damage caused by, and further prevent, damp in your home. Contact Keith Rennie today!