Mould, Condensation & Health
There is now considerable evidence to support the view that mouldy housing has a detrimental effect on the physical and mental health of its occupants.
The HHSRS identifies damp and mould growth as one of the 24 hazards which could cause ‘risk or harm to the health or safety of an actual or potential occupier’.
The category of Damp and Mould within the HHSRS covers threats to health associated with increased house dust mite populations and mould growths resulting from dampness.
These include threats to mental health (psychological) and social well-being which may be caused by living with the presence of damp, damp staining and/or mould growth.
Each home should have ‘sufficient and appropriate’ means of ventilation to deal with the moisture generated by normal domestic activities without the need to open windows.
It is recommend within the HHSRS that all dwellings should be warm, dry and well-ventilated with indoor relative humidity levels between 40% and 60% as this is the optimum environment to limit the growth of house dust mite populations and mould growth.
Fighting condensation can seem like a continuous battle, especially over the winter months. Homes are prone to condensation more during the winter months as there is a great temperature difference between the warm interior of your home and the cooler outdoors. Cold weather usually tempts homeowners to conserve as much heat as possible in order to stay warm, which means that the warm air circulating around your home has no way of getting out. Because of this, condensation will begin to form on surfaces that are below the dew point of the surrounding air.
As a result, you might find yourself continuously wiping up condensation from windows, walls, toilet cisterns and doors.
Over time living in conditions with condensation and mould can take its toll on your health! Symptoms could include:
Asthma and worsening asthma symptoms
Asthma is a wide-spread condition that affects over five million people in the UK and is more serious than many people think.
One of the main triggers in aggravating asthma symptoms is the house dust mite and their droppings.
Researchers estimate that these microscopic creatures may cause up to 80% of asthma attacks as well as countless cases of eczema. When they come into contact with our skin or are inhaled, this can cause allergic reactions. As well as eczema, other dust mite allergy symptoms include watering eyes, itching, sneezing and a runny nose!
We can identify the cause, treat the mould and give you advice on how to keep you homes mould free.
We are highly experienced and have been successfully dealing with mould problems throughout Sussex for over 11 years
We use very effective treatment that kills and cleans mould and offers long-term protection against re-growth of mould, lichens and algae.
In most cases once we have treated the area as long as maintenance of future mould spores is contained the mould infestation will be stopped in its tracks.
Call us now - we can provide cost effective solutions that will eradicate the mould and give advice on ventilation solutions for the entire home.
Here are some interesting research articles on the effects of mould and house dust mites on asthmatic patients.