How Can Living With Damp Affect Your Health

If you’re living with damp in your home, it’s time to call in the best damp proofing Surrey has to offer, as it could be seriously affecting you, and your family’s, health.

According to new advice from NHS Direct, if you live in an environment with damp and mould, you’re more likely to have respiratory problems, and certain members of the family are particularly at risk.

It may be obvious that babies, children and the elderly may be more sensitive to health problems relating to damp, but those with existing respiratory problems and even skin problems, such as eczema, may also be at larger risk.

Moulds, including those caused by excess moisture in buildings, produce allergens, irritants and potentially even toxic substances. The spores released by mould can cause an asthma attack or an allergic reaction, which might manifest itself as a skin rash, red eyes or coughing, sneezy and a runny nose.

If damp is caused, in small amounts, by condensation in your home, you may be able to treat it yourself, however, if it is caused by a leaking pipe, is coming from the exterior of your home or rising from the ground, you’ll definitely need to call in the experts. Be sure to cover your mouth, nose and eyes before trying to tackle any sort of damp.

Kitchens and bathrooms can be prone to damp through humidity and presence of water, especially when there is not adequate ventilation, so always ensure to have extractor fans fitted in both, as well as using windows as ventilation when moisture in the environment may occur.

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