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What are the side effects of dampness on your health?

Dampness and mould within a property can lead to a number of health problems if you do not eliminate the problem at hand. Dampness refers to excess (and unwanted) moisture in a property, and it can potentially result in damage to the building and damage to people’s health.

It is important to understand not only the side effects of dampness, but also the warning signs of dampness within a property that indicates that it is time for better moisture control and indoor air quality.

Signs of dampness

You can instantly tell if dampness and mould are present within the premises with the following signs:

  • Damp, musty smell
  • Patches of discolouration or mould on walls
  • Damaged skirting boards
  • Excess moisture on cold surfaces like windows and tiles
  • Peeling or flaking wallpaper

If you notice the above, it is important that you begin taking the necessary steps to eliminate the damp and mould, and that you are also aware of the side effects on health.

Effects on health

Damp and mould can have detrimental effects on a person’s health. In particular, it could result in the following:

  • Allergic reactions (damp and mould can produce allergens) including skin rashes, hives, watery eyes
  • Coughing
  • Mild fever
  • Blocked/runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Sneezing

On a long-term basis, symptoms can develop into more complex problems such as respiratory infections. This can be problematic if symptoms persist and become chronic, which is why it is crucial that dampness is spotted and dealt with straight away.

Who is more at risk?

Although exposure is not healthy for anyone, some individuals may be more vulnerable to the side effects and should take extra precautions in avoiding contact, including:

  • Babies and children
  • Those with existing skin problems like eczema
  • Those with respiratory problems such as asthma and allergies
  • Those with a compromised or weak immune system
  • Elderly people

Improving indoor air quality

Mitigate the presence of damp and mould within your property by improving the indoor air quality of your premises by installing a high quality ventilation system. This can effectively control condensation, ensuring that humidity levels are fair and that the indoor air quality is good. As a result, you can prevent damp and mould throughout your property.

If you are looking to improve the indoor air quality of your residential or commercial property, Comfort Solutions provides Auckland ventilation services that can be tailored to your needs. Get in touch with us for more information.


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