Posted on
February 20th, 2015

The Damp and Rental Crisis

Millions of people in the UK have experienced the problems of mould, damp or leaking roofs. These are some of the most common household problems and many building professionals see them each day.

As house prices are rising, it is becoming more and more difficult for people to find a suitable home. Many are having to settle for spaces which are too small and often riddled with problems such as damp and mould.

A survey conducted by the homeless charity, Shelter, found that 61% of those renting in Britain have seen these issues.

In most cases, landlords are responsible for the repair of damage which is caused my mould, leaks or damp. They must also check that the building’s exterior and structure are not the cause of the problems. If you are unsure of how to approach a landlord, Citizens Advice has a lot of useful information on their website.

Tenants must take preventative steps if they want to avoid losing their deposit or being charged for repairs. They should regularly open windows, turn on extractor fans and dry clothes outside where possible. By doing these things, air will be circulated around the home and condensation can be kept to a minimum. It is also a good idea to wipe down surfaces each day, especially if they come into contact with moisture.

Mould releases harmful spores which can get into the lungs when you breathe. This can cause serious health problems, which is why it is really important they these household issues are treated as soon as they are found.

Coughs, colds, chest infections and nausea are just a few of the nasty symptoms which are caused by damp and mould. Children and the elderly are high risk for developing these illnesses so these homes will need to take priority when it comes to repairs.

There are many different treatments available including proofing kits, membrane and mesh, floor coating, sealing solutions and paint additive. Which one you need will depend on the damage and location of the problem. We recently wrote an article explaining how to treat mould, which you might find helpful!

If you need advice or would like information on any of our products, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!

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