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Different types of damp can affect a property in different ways, and it is important to identify the type of damp you have as soon as possible. There will be different root causes for the different types of damp and various ways of dealing with them.
Any type of damp can be harmful. The World Health Organisation (WHO) says, “Exposures to biological agents indoors are a significant health hazard causing a wide range of health effects. Dampness is a strong and consistent indicator of risk for asthma and respiratory symptoms related to indoor environmental conditions.”
The NHS says that damp and mould, which is often a symptom of damp, can also cause, or contribute to, allergic reactions, skin conditions such as eczema, and problems with the immune system.
Together with health issues, damp can also ruin decorations and furnishings, such as wallpaper and carpets, as well as plaster, woodwork, window frames, and other parts of the structure of the building. It can also get into clothes and other belongings, can create bad smells, and contribute to an unpleasant living environment.Read more
Everyone knows about outdoor air pollution and the harmful effects of particulate matter from such things as car exhausts, but the dangers from indoor air pollution can be equally harmful, especially for households with children.Read more
In the first half of the 20th century, most air pollution was caused by industry. But the decline in heavy industry in the UK from the late 20th century onwards, combined with environmental regulation, has significantly reduced this particular danger to our health. Now, however, we face dangers from air pollution of a different sort, and most of this comes from within our own homes.Read more
Most of us in Great Britain find it hard to imagine that we could be living in a highly radioactive area. But for thousands of families this could be the case. What's worse, we could be living with deadly radiation in our homes without even knowing it.Read more
Allergies are extremely commonplace, with over 44% of adults in the UK suffering from them at some point in their lives. But we still don't know exactly why we develop them. Alarmingly, the number of allergy sufferers is growing with every year.
Children are particularly susceptible to allergies. However, these can often disappear as they get older. By the same token, people can sometimes develop allergies in later life that they never had before. The actual triggers are hard to decipher, although pre-existing hereditary conditions and environmental factors seem to make a vital contribution.Read more
The air quality in our homes is something we frequently take for granted, but it's something we all need to think about. Studies show that the air indoors can be up to fifty times worse than the air outdoors, and yet we spend 90% of our lives inside, breathing in stale trapped air that could be contaminated with many different kinds of health hazards. The most common reaction to these hazards is an allergy, which in turn can lead to painful and debilitating attacks. But airborne hazards can also to other serious illnesses, including asthma and heart and lung disease.Read more
A healthy life is a happy life. You may not realise it, but the air you breathe inside your home could be harming you and your family in a number of different ways. Nothing could be more important than the air you breathe, so make it your resolution to improve the air quality in your home. Here are some tips to help you out in your planning.Read more
Though it may seem a foregone conclusion that your home may be affected by air pollution from the many household items that are deemed essential to day to day life, there are actually many different things that you can do, and products that you can buy, to circumvent health issues and keep your home safe.Read more
Mould is a common household problem. It can be caused by poor ventilation, leaks and moisture in the air, which causes condensation. Every day activities such as bathing, cleaning, cooking and even fish tanks and indoor plants can cause dampness in the air, leading to condensation and eventually mould.
Untreated, mould can cause allergies and respiratory problems, so it is important to ventilate your home well and keep an eye out for potential problems. Mould can be tricky to get rid of once it starts to grow, so it is best to be aware of prevention methods before it multiplies and causes a much larger problem.Read more