Household mould is an extremely common problem, but it is often more serious than many homeowners can imagine. With an average of 16 hours a day spent in the home (and more when a young child or aged over 64) prolonged exposure to household mould can often be extremely damaging. Here, we’re taking a look at the causes of mould, and how it can impact your health.

Causes Of Mould

Mould is often caused by excess damp within a property which has had time to imprint itself on the building. Damp is caused by a number of different factors, but is often a result of a property being exposed to too much moisture, and poor ventilation. There are three main types of damp: penetrating damp, rising damp and condensation damp. Each type of damp can affect a different part of the property, but all can have significant impact on the structure of a property, and the health of its occupants. In order to avoid excess damp in a home, and therefore help to prevent mould within a property, homeowners may require Kenwood damp proofing services to provide them with a professional barrier against the damp. Without professional intervention, damp can continue to grow unnoticed, and develop serious cases of mould, from which toxic spores can be produced seriously impacting the health of the property’s occupants.

Health Concerns Related To Exposure To Mould

There are numerous health concerns which are related to exposure to mould. Overtime, prolonged exposure can result in serious reductions in lung function, and the development of chronic health problems such as asthma, particularly in children. For those who already have some form of asthma, exposure to mould can result in even more severe symptoms.

The World Health Organisation believes that damp and mould combined has caused a large number of the world’s 300 million asthma cases. Due to the allergens which are produced by mould, touching, or even simply inhaling these spores can result in sneezing, runny noses and even a skin rash.

There have been some instances where health concerns caused by mould and exposure to damp conditions has even resulted in death, with one of the most famous cases being the ‘black-mould’ case in 1994. This was linked to a serious respiratory illness which resulted in bleeding from the lung, and in this instance, one child ultimately died. With health concerns this serious, it is imperative that you have a professional determine just how at risk your property is when it comes to developing mould, so you can tackle the problem before it becomes serious.

Who Is Most Affected By Damp

Almost all individuals who reside in a home which is infested with significant levels of mould will be affected, however there are a few demographics who are often more at risk than others. Babies and children, elderly people, those with existing skin conditions, existing respiratory problems and a weakened immune system are much more at risk. Exposure to high levels of mould can lead to serious chronic conditions, which can severely impact the recipient’s quality of life.

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