How mould and damp in your home affects your body and health – and what to do about it – MyLondon

Posted: October 20, 2019 at 1:43 pm

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With the wet and cold weather getting worse every day, damp and mould might be on the rise in your home - but there's ways to prevent and tackle it.

Rather than cleaning it off and leaving it, it's better to find the cause and tackle it at its heart so the problem doesn't come back.

Damp is the presence of excess moisture in the home and most commonly happens when warm air hits cold walls, windows and other surfaces, creating a layer of condensation.

It can peel away paint and wallpaper, cause a musty smell, grow dangerous mould, and even damage the structure of a house.

While damp poses a clear risk to your house, it also affects personal health - the growth of mould can cause serious respiratory issues such as allergies and asthma. It can also aggravate or cause skin conditions such as eczema.

Mould caused by damp poses an even higher health risk to babies, children, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems, including people going through chemotherapy.

If you struggle with condensation damp in your home, or want to keep it from happening this winter, Boiler Plan has five simple tips for prevention:

Ian Henderson, Managing Director at Boiler Plan, said: Once damp starts, it can sometimes be difficult to remedy the issues it causes, such as mould growth and structural damage.

Its much easier to follow these steps instead and prevent damp from beginning to form - its really important to make sure you dont allow condensation to build up and temperatures to drop in the winter.

Prevention is always easier than the cure - which is pretty literal when it comes to mould, considering the health risks that can come along with it!

However, if damp has already started to form in your home, Boiler Plan have some top tips for getting rid of it - read their guide to getting rid of damp here.

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