Damp can cause headaches if the damp has developed into mould, which is the most common side effect of damp. Certain types of mould and extreme cases can produce health side effects, as stated on the NHS website, that people don’t often consider.
How can you be exposed to damp?
Damp occurs frequently within UK homes; as many as 1 in 5 households experience issues with damp and mould. There are three forms of damp: condensation damp, penetrating damp and rising damp. If damp is left untreated, the issues can develop and result in everyday exposure to associated health risks.
Each type of damp can cause issues in your home. Those most commonly seen are decorative spoiling damp damage and irreversible structural damage making your home unsafe.
What are the health effects of mould?
The side effects of damp and mould most linked with health implications are those caused by the development of mould. Mould or black mould happens when moisture condenses on walls and surfaces, which at the right temperature is the perfect condition to grow and spread around your home, and this can be toxic.
According to NHS England, mould produces allergens and irritants that can in the worst cases cause severe human reactions. Mould causes many different symptoms including, respiratory congestion, rashes, itching, coughing, headaches and nausea. It is always recommended to seek damp treatment and prevention recommendations before the side effects become severe and irreversible.
How can I treat damp?
Finding the cause of moisture in your home is often a recommended step in preventing any further health and structural damage. Once you find out the cause of excess damp in your home you are one step closer to finding a solution.
Poor ventilation is often a cause of condensation damp within the home. It is important to keep windows open when necessary to keep air circulating around your house whilst removing excess air moisture. An effective way to ventilate your home is with advanced and reliable ventilation systems.
If you can identify the cause of mould and the affected areas early it may be a problem that can be resolved using home remedies, however if left untreated can cause a number of issues. It is always recommended to consult a damp specialist to ensure the prevention measures and damp treatment is suitable in eliminating the return of such issues.
At Prokil, we believe it is far better to call a damp specialist rather than a health care specialist, so don’t let your mould and damp effect yours or your family’s health.
A range of services can help to minimise the impact of damp including:
- Damp proofing is most commonly erecting a barrier to protect buildings from unwanted build-up of water which can enter from the walls or ground.
- Damp proof course or DPC is a long-term barrier designed specifically to protect properties from rising damp.
- Damp proof plastering is when specialist plaster is applied to walls to form a remedial damp proofing barrier for your home.
- Ventilation systems are installed within homes and properties to regulate the humidity levels reducing the development of damp and mould.
If you are worried about the side effects of damp for your health and home get in touch with Prokil experienced damp specialists to enquire and discover a range of damp treatment solutions to prevent the development of further side effects. Call us today of 0800 048 9488 via email firstname.lastname@example.org or book a free* no obligation home survey today.
Our friendly and knowledgeable team are always happy to help, and proud to provide solutions you can rely on.
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