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Health Effects of Damp Homes

You want your family and friends to be happy and comfortable within your home.  Unfortunately, just as the home can be a relaxing environment, it can also be a hazard to family members if not properly maintained. Dampness can cause and trigger a wide range of health issues, some of which can have long-term consequences for a family. As a result, it's a good idea to have a building and pest inspection done. You will notice an improvement in the overall health of your loved ones once the moisture has been removed. Continue reading to learn more about the problems that damp conditions in a home can cause:



Skin Problems:

Mould thrives in dampness and excess moisture, which can be caused by a roof leak, a plumbing leak, or broken windows. The mould spores that are discharged into the air subsequently come into touch with the skin, causing allergic symptoms such as a runny nose, rhinitis, watery eyes, and eczema. For individuals who already have eczema, it not only aggravates it, but it also causes ringworm eczema, which causes inflammation and further skin damage.


Breathing problems:

The respiratory system of persons who live in the house is also affected by moisture in the air combined with spores generated by mould. Asthma, breathing difficulties, chest aches, and bronchitis are all known to be exacerbated and caused by dampness. When little children inhale the spores, other lung infections, such as Pneumonia, can develop.


Pest problems:

Water damage and moist conditions are also ideal for attracting pests such as cockroaches, mosquitos, and mice, whose faeces creates respiratory difficulties. It can exacerbate asthma symptoms in people who already have them. Parents who suffer from respiratory ailments, or who have children who do, must keep their houses clean on a regular basis.


You can contact ABIS to do a building and pest inspection of your home now that you know what health impacts a damp home can cause. They will not only thoroughly evaluate your property and its surroundings, but they will also provide a moisture measurement reading in their report.

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