Posted on
July 13th, 2016

The Serious Truth About Mould

If you come across mould in your home, you may find it easier to ignore the problem rather than address it. But do you understand just how harmful it could be to not only yourself but everyone that visits you home?

Mould releases spores that can worsen existing conditions like asthma and allergies, as well as trigger new illnesses. This is why you should always act as soon as you spot signs of condensation, damp or mould, if you want to protect your health.

Who’s at risk?

Everyone’s health can be affected by mould but some people are more at risk than others. Children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems need to avoid mould exposure at all costs. This is because their bodies don’t have the capability of fighting off illness as well, putting them at serious risk of developing mould-related health problems. Those who already have medical conditions should also be wary as mould spores can cause them to worsen.

What should I look out for?

Mould can be identified visually as it often has a black appearance and forms in showers, bathroom and other moist areas. It also has an unpleasant, musky smell, especially when it is confined to one area of a building, so this is another thing to look out for.

If condensation is present, you may notice droplets of water on surfaces like windows and doors. Damp is a bit more difficult to diagnose as there are many different types but the main tell-tale signs are wet patches, peeling wallpaper and discolouration of plaster.

How do I treat it?

There are many different types of mould treatments available, from damp proofing to eradication kits. It’s always better to get advice from an expert when it comes to treating the mould as they will be able to recommend the safest, most effective treatment to use. They will also be able to advise you of how to avoid these types of household problems in the future, whether this means improving ventilation or making changes to the structure of your home.

If you have any questions about mould or would like to find out more about Dampkits, we would be more than happy to help. You can call 0845 4006666 or email info@dampkits.co.uk to speak to a member of the team.

 

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