Black Mould: The Health Risks
Living in a damp and mouldy environment carries a number of potential health risks. Black mould can cause skin irritation whilst the inhalation of spores can cause problems from sneezing and coughing to asthma attacks.
What is Black Mould and What Causes Mould?
Mould is a form of fungus, usually found in soil and grain but most commonly in buildings with a damp problem. The fungi Stachybotrys chartarum thrives in high moisture environments, and can be seen on window frames, window sills, curtains and, if your damp issue is severe, in the plaster and wallpaper on damp walls.
Mould is commonly caused by condensation within buildings, usually as a result of poor ventilation. Damp, dark and steamy conditions are ideal for mould to thrive, especially in kitchens and bathrooms but also bedrooms where breath condenses on windows.
Structural problems such as rising damp also exacerbate internal moisture further.
Allergic Reactions and Respiratory Problems
Because moulds reproduce by producing large numbers of small spores, these can become airborne and present a hazard to humans.
Common symptoms are allergic reactions and respiratory problems.
Allergic reactions to mould include watery, itchy eyes and skin rashes.
Respiratory issues can include chronic coughing, difficulty breathing, sinus problems and frequent sneezing.
These health problems can be even worse for vulnerable groups such as babies and small children, pregnant women and the elderly. People with pre-existing skin problems, such as eczema, and those with respiratory issues, such as asthma, may well be further affected my mould in their home.
Fixing Your Mould Problem
If you find any signs of damp and have black mould problems in your home then the first thing to do is eliminate the sources of moisture.
There are numerous actions to be taken, such as improving ventilation in the kitchen and bathroom, checking for water leaks etc. The best place to start is in our article, 10 Ways to Prevent Mould in Your Home.
If none of these remedial actions work, then it might be time to call in Frank Schrijver, the damp experts.
If you are the homeowner then the Damp Inspection from one of our damp specialists is completely free of charge.
Once your property has been inspected and approved for fitting of the Schrijver System, then our innovative, eco-friendly damp-proofing system can be installed to act as a long-term solution to your damp problems.
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