Is Damp making homes dangerous?

Almost 50% of homes have serious damp problems

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You would be forgiven for thinking that people in Scotland live in relatively good conditions however, did you know that nearly half of all houses in Scotland have serious damp and mould problems?

Wise Property Care has discovered that the problem is due to a real lack of awareness about damp issues. A lot of the time damp lurks in corners that we just do not notice and often it is hiding inside walls and structures possibly due to poor damp proofing having been carried out previously.

Illnesses caused by Damp Problems

Mould arising from damp problems within walls and structures can cause a scary range of health problems.

Often people suffer from allergies and cold-like symptoms such as itchy eyes and sneezing. It can be a nightmare for asthma sufferers and there has even been a study connecting it with causing asthma during childhood. Damp problems can also cause serious respiratory problems in the long run. Another recent study even revealed a connection between mould and depression!

What causes damp problems?

If you would like to know the causes of damp in homes it is important to state that mould occurs naturally in small amounts and can be sorted out quite simply. But Les Meikle of Wise Property Care states: "The real problems occur when it is allowed to spread and develop fungal spores". Mould occurs when there too much moisture in the atmosphere and it has nowhere to escape. Water collects in the atmosphere from places like the bathroom, as well as condensation on windows. However it needs to escape somewhere!

Poor ventilation could be caused by dodgy workmen not approved under the Property Care Association who cut corners on damp proofing when building the house. It is also down to lack of proper air ventilation. One bad side of being concerned about saving on heat loss and going green at home is that with all the insulation there's often nowhere for moisture to escape.

Dealing with damp problems

With all the problems associated with damp and mould, all of us should be concerned with how to prevent damp. This is true even if your home does not have any damp problems. Left unchecked it becomes a lot harder - and costlier - to deal with.

Here are some top tips on how to avoid a damp build up in your home or workplace:

  • Dry up any build up of condensation you notice around the house within 24-48 hours. Don't forget - mould cannot survive without water in the atmosphere. However, if the mould does persist, a cost effective and simple solution is to invest in a condensation mould pack.
  • Give the moisture in your house an escape route by getting proper air ventilation. Aside from air vents, something as simple as opening a window after taking a shower can help.
  • Be sure to have any cold surfaces insulated where possible - they're the places where condensation often develops at home.
  • It is well worth considering investing in one of the many dehumidifiers, such as those found at the Wise Condensation Shop, out there to remove moisture from the atmosphere. Certain portable air conditioners also do the job, with the added bonus of keeping you cool in the summer.
  • Be aware of your legal rights. Most of the time the fault lies with someone else and they could be held responsible if things get really bad. Insurance companies are notoriously bad for damp coverage - but it's certainly worth checking with them. Tenants should push their landlords to have a professional damp inspector visit and assess the house.

More help with damp problems

You will find more useful information, tips and guides on damp problems by clikcing the following links:

Common damp problems explained
Problems with damp on walls
Tips to prevent damp problems