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The dangers of damp and mould in your home

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To begin with, it is probably best if you know exactly what damp and mould is. There are three main types of damp to be found in your home; condensation, penetrating damp and rising damp. Condensation damp is the most common form of damp, its creation from moist air touching a cold surface… the moist air more often than not comes from our daily activities such as breathing, showering and cooking! Penetrating dampness comes from the outside, and invades through your walls, a lot of the time from damaged guttering systems or failing cavity wall insulation! Rising dampness in your home is when moisture raises from the ground, up into your walls, usually because of a fault in your damp-proof coursing, or a lack thereof.

Now then, mould, is the result of ignoring dampness in your home. The enormous variety of fungi, come under the umbrella term of ‘mould’, and they thrive in moist, warm conditions, i.e., any damp in your home that you have turned a blind eye to. 

How damp and mould in your home is affecting your health

Mould in your home can provoke an allergic reaction in yourself and those living with you! This is because different types of mould produce toxins called mycotoxins. When you are exposed to these mycotoxins, you can get sick, depending on the proximity and the length of your exposure. 

The symptoms associated with mould exposure can often be overlooked as a cold, as they are rather similar. However ignoring these symptoms can leave you with some long term effects! In the short-term, exposure to damp and mould can feel like;

  • Irritated, and itchy red eyes.
  • Congested sinuses.
  • A dry and itchy, sore throat.
  • Nosebleeds.
  • Headaches.
  • A dry cough.
  • Brain fog- which can also be linked to anxiety and depression.

If a blind-eye is turned to the damp and mould problems in your home, the long-term exposure could result in you developing a higher risk of respiratory symptoms; if you have young children exposed to these toxins, they can develop asthma, and a massive increase in fatigue. Some serious cases of longer-term vulnerability to mould and damp exposure have developed serious diseases such as Legionnaires Disease. 

Will exposure to damp and mould affect you?

Damp and mould can pollute any home, and affect any human. There are however, certain personages that need to steer completely clear of any exposure to damp and mould as they can get seriously unwell from this. So, if you, or a loved one;

  • Have a skin condition, for example, eczema;
  • Have respiratory issues such as asthma;
  • Are elderly;
  • Are pregnant;
  • Have a compromised immune system, for example, you are taking immunosuppressive drugs;

Avoiding damp and mould, or solving the problem as soon as it appears is very much essential, as it can cause, and trigger, serious health conditions. Young children and babies are also vulnerable to the exposure of damp and mould.

It is simple, really, do you think you have damp and mould problems in your home? Are you feeling congested, or foggy, like you just can’t shift a cold you have had for ages! Or maybe you notice a loved one in your home feeling the same way? It really could be down to dampness, and the toxicity of mould, and it could be time for you to look into colouring the problem once and for all!

Damp and mould won’t stop there!

Unfortunately, it’s not just your health at risk, but damp and mould can cause you physical injury too! When damp and mould invades your home, it will also invade any structures in its path. This includes wooden structures such as joists, beams, skirtings and architraves. When these structures in your home start to gather damp and mould, their structural integrity is then compromised by dry and wet rot. This makes for a very unsafe living environment for you and anyone living in your home.

How to rid damp and mould in your home.

Three ways that can help resolve the damp and mould problems in your home include; if your home has problems with condensation damp, and mould as a result, investing in a dehumidifier, or an air purifier could definitely help you along the way by reducing the moisture in the air of your home. Is penetrating damp your problem? Cavity wall insulation removal could be the cure your home needs, to stop the damp clumping materials from allowing moisture to seep into your walls. Lastly, rising damp in your home will perhaps require you to invest in an injectable damp-proof course, to stop any moisture from coming up into your home.

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