How damp can affect your home
Damp and mould in a home is always unsightly, but it can have serious implications for a person’s health, too.
Those Most At Risk
The health of the elderly, babies and children are particularly at risk when damp and mould appears. While those who already have respiratory problems, skin problems, or a weakened immune system can also be badly affected. It’s important that people with these health issues, and the old and very young, are protected from damp and mould.
Allergens are produced by mould, and these allergens can result in an allergic reaction. Mould can, too, produce irritants and even toxic substances on some occasions. A person who comes into contact with mould, either by touch, or by inhalation, can be affected in a number of ways. They can experience sneezing and a runny nose, as well as the discomfort of red eyes, or, notably people with eczema, their skin breaking out in a rash. People who have asthma can be seriously affected, if they touch or inhale mould, and, in the worst cases, can end up having an asthma attack.
How Damp And Mould Can Flourish
When there is an excessive amount of moisture in a home the conditions are ripe for mould and damp to flourish. As an example, basements can be a good environment in which rising damp can thrive. While leaking pipes are a major cause of damp and mould, and, consequently, pipes should be checked regularly. This also includes checking washing machines and dishwashers for leaks, because even a tiny leak can prove to be problematic.
If a roof has a leak, or water can enter a property because a window is no longer properly sealed, then damp and mould may gradually emerge. Another problem can be penetrating damp, which can be down to structural problems within a building, and which can lead to damp patches becoming visible on walls and ceilings.
Condensation is another cause of too much moisture in a home. This is a type of damp that is usually seasonal, and be more noticeable during the colder months. When heating isn’t functioning properly condensation is likely to be more prevalent.
You can hire a professional to deal with the mould or damp in your home, but, if the amount of mould in your home is small, you should be able to tackle this yourself. You should, however, wear protective clothing if you do attempt to remove mould. For this purpose you should wear long rubber gloves, and a mask that prevents you from breathing in any mould particles. The windows in the room you are working in should be open, but the relevant doors should be closed. A mix of water and a mild detergent should then be applied to the wall with a soft rag. A dry rag should then go over the same area to remove any remaining moisture on the wall. Both rags should then be put in a refuse sack.
Preventing The Same Problems Returning
Identifying the reasons for damp and mould are crucial in preventing the same problem recurring. Even if mould has been removed, but the underlying cause hasn’t been addressed, then the problem will return. Any leaks should be fixed, and, problems ranging from windows to heating, resolved.