Rising damp at home? Know the dangers to your health
Having rising damp problems have the ability to quickly turn a dream home into a real nightmare. Living in a house with these problems is a threat to the health of all family members.
The causes of the rising damp can be several: a deficient construction with problems in the waterproofing, location in a humid zone, or the aging of the materials.
Rising damp is a serious problem that affects all the inhabitants of the house and can even cause respiratory problems, allergies, asthma, pain and even lung diseases. This happens because the excess humidity leads to the appearance of molds, whose spores are the major cause of respiratory allergic diseases.
In addition to the dangers that rising damp poses to health, we must also consider the problems it represents for the property, weakening and damaging its structures or finishes. Also for household stuffing, such as furniture, clothing, books, or any other good, indoor humidity, if elevated, is a serious problem and can cause permanent damage.
Let’s look at the dangers of rising damp to health:
- Air Quality: Excessive environmental humidity greatly increases the likelihood of contracting respiratory diseases, such as asthma, sinusitis, lung infections and bronchitis. Other health problems, like physical discomfort, chills, extreme tiredness, cold feet and headaches, can also be caused due to house dust mites and humidity.
- Bones, muscles and joints: If you suffer from rheumatic diseases, cold and humidity are your worst enemies, as they cause a considerable increase in pain.
- Mold: Mold is a microscopic organism, which reproduces itself through the diffusion of spores in the air. These spores can cause asthma. Scientific studies have found sufficient evidence linking continued exposure to molds in indoor environments with respiratory problems such as cough and asthma.
- Proliferation of mites, fungi and bacteria: The rising damp on the walls of the home is the ideal habitat for mites, fungi and bacteria that can cause diseases and allergies. In the case of infants and the elderly, these problems may take on more serious contours. Mites are considered a common cause of asthma in infants.
The health hazards of having rising damp at home are quite serious, but this is a problem that can be solved. Consult professionals specialized in different types of rising damp and in different waterproofing solutions.
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