Protecting your Home from Damp
May 21, 2018 - by Tony Earnshaw
The presence of damp is always a concern in any home. At the very least, it is a nuisance but at worst it could be causing thousands of pounds’ worth of damage to your home and harming the health of any occupants. It is important that you aware of the problems that damp can cause and what you can do about it.
Health Risks Caused by Damp
Damp conditions encourage the growth of mould and some people are sensitive to the spores that moulds produce. This means that a mouldy environment can cause mild nasal stuffiness and throat irritation in many people.
However, for some people, the symptoms are much worse, and they suffer from coughing and wheezing, and it can also exacerbate asthma symptoms. For people with chronic lung diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, the symptoms can be even more serious. Symptoms such as eye irritation can also occur, and some people suffer from skin irritation as well.
How you can Avoid Damp in your Home
The best way to avoid damp in your home is to pay attention to your house maintenance. Damp problems inside a house often arise because of a problem outside. Start by checking the roof regularly for wear and tear and storm damage. Have an annual clear out of the gutters and fix them as soon as a fault occurs. Do the same for exterior brickwork and downpipes. Make sure that debris is kept away from walls.
Inside your home, it will help if you keep your home warm and well ventilated. The best strategy is to cut down on the amount of moisture by avoiding drying washing inside.
The time to take action is when you first spot potential signs of damp in your home. If you have noticed rotten timber or discolouration of the walls, then they may need to be damp proofed by a professional. It could protect your property and your health.
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