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The Dangers of Damp in Your Home

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Damp can be a serious issue in the home and if not addressed, it can lead to damp-related illnesses such as allergies, asthma, respiratory infections and other health problems. It can also cause damage to your furniture and walls, leading to higher repair costs.

During winter, the effects of dampness can reach their peak; yet if not managed correctly, it remains an issue all year round. Signs of dampness become prominent on walls and ceilings – they may feel cold to the touch and look wet while discolouration rises from skirting boards forming stains along the ceiling. Don’t let your home be taken over by these unsightly and damaging results!

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In damp conditions, mould will grow, which can adversely affect air quality. Mould spores, whilst not looking nice on your property, have the much more real issue of, bacteria being released into the air and inhaled, which could cause respiratory problems. It can also trigger allergic responses such as a runny nose, sneezing or difficulty breathing.

Structural Integrity

Damp inside your house will begin to wear away at the building’s structural integrity. If this is concrete & brickwork this may take some time. However, for wooden structures, this can be much quicker, as it will seep into the wood. It is important to ensure the wooden structures have sufficient room to breathe.

Electrical issues

Damp can also lead to electrical faults in your home due to dampness seeping into the wiring, which could cause shorts or even fire hazards. In addition, dampness can encourage infestations of woodworm or other insects, further damaging wood and furniture.

Preventative Measures

It is important to identify dampness early and take action to reduce it. To prevent dampness, make sure your home’s ventilation is adequate and windows are fully sealed. You should also check periodically for damp spots around your home, such as on walls or in cellars. If damp spots are found, you should investigate further to determine the cause and take appropriate corrective action.

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    More information on damping can be found on our website. Here you will find detailed advice on how to identify dampness, the causes of dampness and damp proofing solutions. It is always best to get professional advice when dealing with dampness.

    By taking action to reduce dampness and its effects, you can protect the health of your family as well as the structure of your home for many years to come. So don’t ignore dampness – take steps today to ensure dampness doesn’t become a problem in your home. If you think dampness could be a problem in your home, contact Evergreen damp proofing services to get expert advice.

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