Considering The Consequences Of Damp In A Household

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When it comes to decorating and maintaining our homes, almost nothing is more important than good hygiene and ventilation. Security matters of course, but safety from outside influences is hardly the most pressing matter when the interior itself is a health risk. For this reason, it’s important to make sure that our room gets enough air flow, and that air is of good, fresh quality.

Otherwise, damp can build. Many people see damp as an annoying, smelly, often damaging growth that can cause stains to the paintwork or wallpaper and may require additional care to get right. Yet the truth is that damp is a much more pernicious issue than this, requiring appropriate care and the ability to diligently prevent it.

Even if you have ventilated rooms, it’s best to inspect these spaces properly to make sure that damp doesn’t build up behind furniture. Additionally, it’s worth checking out problem areas such as bathrooms, basements and attics to make sure it’s not growing there. With that in mind, let’s consider some of the additional recuperative effects to keep in mind should you notice it:

Respiratory Issues

Respiratory issues can be caused by damp, and that’s no fun at all. This is especially dangerous for the elderly, or infants within your household, or those with struggling immune systems and respiratory conditions like asthma. This is why it’s so important to assess and rectify damp as soon as it appears. Sometimes, you will be able to smell damp in this way, or a room may feel harder to breathe comfortably in – this is a sign that damp could be present.

Moisture/Leak Issues

It’s also important to consider moisture or leaking issues that can occur as part of a damp build up. You may need Mr Switch to safely switch off and repair a plug socket if damp has led to water dripping over the outlet thanks to such moisture building up. This takes a little time but it can happen, particularly in environments with little ventilation where heat or steam builds – such as a poorly ventilated kitchen environment, or in a studio flat where all implements are crowded together into one space. With that in mind, you’ll be able to have this seen to ASAP.

Rotten Timbers

Damp can cause rot, which can be tragic when it comes to maintaining wood in the property. You’ll have seen what moist, rotted wood can be like, losing all of its structural integrity, becoming a hive for bacteria and other critters, as well as causing a distinctive, quite pungent smell. For this reason, it’s especially important to make sure damp is prevented if living in an older, more rustic house, because the effect it could have on its given surroundings is hard to quantify.

With this advice, you’ll not only understand the importance of identifying and preventing damp, but hopefully use measures to restrict its overall impact should your home suffer from it. That’s all any homeowner can reasonably do.

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