How damp and mould in your home affects your body and health – and what you can do about it!

With the weather becoming colder and wetter, damp and mould might potentially be on the rise in your home – but there’s ways to tackle and prevent it. Instead of cleaning it off and hoping it will stay away, it is better to find the root cause and tackle that, so the problem doesn’t return. If left untreated, damp and mould can affect your health. This is especially true if you are elderly or have an underlying condition. There are ways to find the exact cause of the damp, clean up the mould and minimise the risk of it returning. The end result –  a healthier home and happier family.

can mould affect your health
Damp or mould in your home can lead to respiratory problems

So, what is Mould?

Mould is a fungus which can be found indoors or outdoors. It loves living in our homes, as they provide the perfect conditions for it to thrive – warmth, moisture and food in the form of carpet, wood, paper, dust and dirt. Unless the issue is dealt with and removed, it will continue to grow.

 

Can it affect my health?

If you have a damp/mould issue in your home, you are more likely to already have or, to develop respiratory problems. It can also have an adverse affect on the immune system.  This is bad news for anyone’s lungs, but it is very dangerous for vulnerable people with an underlying condition like asthma.

Risk Groups include the following:

  • The elderly
  • Babies and young children
  • Those with existing skin conditions e.g. eczema
  • People with weak immune systems
  • Individuals with respiratory problems like asthma and allergies

I’m not in one of the high risk groups. Can Mould affect my health?

Mould produces irritants, allergens and sometimes toxic substances. Touching or inhaling mould spores may result in an allergic reaction, like sneezing, red eyes, a runny nose and a skin rash.

Moisture causes mould & damp
Mould and damp are caused by an excess of moisture in the air

What causes damp and Mould?

Mould and damp are caused by an excess of moisture in the air. This can be caused by leaks in pipes, rising damp or rain seeping in due to damage to roof tiles or around window frames.  Key areas for leaks are the kitchen & bathroom.

A newly-built home may be damp if the water used when building it is still drying out – for example the plaster on the walls. Some new builds are also so air tight that they do not allow fresh air to circulate around the home which results in damp & mould.

If you have mould or damp, it’s important to find out why you have excess moisture within your home.

Open windows every morning to allow fresh air to circulate
Open windows every morning to allow fresh air to circulate

 

You can help prevent damp/mould growth by:

  • Avoid drying washing inside
  • Opening windows every morning to allow fresh air to circulate
  • Making sure your home is well insulated
  • Heating your home adequately
  • Putting lids on saucepans while cooking and use sufficient extraction
  • When cooking, showering or bathing open the window, put the fan on and close the door of the room you’re in

 

When you know what’s causing the damp, take steps to limit the amount of moisture in the air and make sure your home is repaired. Tackling severe damp and mould problems may require an expert to assess your property and pinpoint exact causes.

 

Call us today on 083 845 8090

https://www.mouldsolutions.ie

Mould Solutions

November 2018

 

 

Carbon Monoxide Danger Signs To Look Out For In Your Home

#1 Know where it comes from

One of the best ways to prevent a carbon monoxide leak is by paying close attention to potential sources.
There are several places in the home which can produce carbon monoxide: a chimney, a portable heater, a fireplace, a portable barbecue, a tumble dryer, a gas oven, a fridge, and a water heater. Be on the lookout for “a distinctive, sulphur-like, rotten egg smell or hissing, whistling sounds” coming from a potential appliance. Staining or discolouration around an appliance can also be an indicator of a carbon monoxide leak, as can an appliance which is burning slowly or badly.

Be on the lookout for appliances which can produce carbon monoxide
Be on the lookout for appliances which can produce carbon monoxide

 

#2 Open the Flue

If you have a wood-burning stove or fireplace, make sure to keep it clean and ensure that the flue is working properly. Even if the fire appears to be out and simply smouldering, keep the flue open to let the gases escape. This preventative measure can be extremely effective in keeping a problem from developing

#3 Damp or Excess Humidity

Checking regularly for excess humidity or damp can help you to prevent a severe leak from taking hold of your home. Heavily frosted windows and moisture on windows and walls can indicate excessive humidity.
Identifying these signs early can help stop a major leak before it becomes life-threatening.

Check regularly for excess humidity
Check regularly for excess humidity

#4 Turn off the engine

Carbon monoxide is produced when car engines are left running in a garage or other enclosed space. This is why it is so important to always turn off your car anytime it is in the garage. Harmful fumes can build up quickly so make sure your car is turned off the second you pull in, and don’t turn it on until just before you pull out.

Carbon monoxide is produced when car engines are left running in a garage
Carbon monoxide is produced when car engines are left running in a garage

 

Catching a problem early can make the difference between life and death!
Carbon monoxide itself has no smell, but other fumes caused by burning may smell.
If you detect any of these conditions, do not use/turn on the suspected appliance until it has been inspected by a Registered Gas Installer.

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Mould Solutions – April 2018

The Calm After The Storm – Uncover Storm Damage Before It’s Too Late

As Ireland recovers & normality resumes for most people, now is the time to check your home for storm damage caused by Hurricane Ophelia & Storm Brian. This should be done sooner rather than later as even small leaks or holes can lead to structural damage, mould & rot.

Hurricane Ophelia

 

#1 Firstly you should ensure that there are no immediate threats to your safety
If there’s a power cut it’s important to check for downed power lines that could present a safety hazard to you and your family. Never touch or move a downed power line, even if it appears to be inactive. Immediately turn off the gas if you smell gas in your home as this could indicate a break in the gas line. Do not take any risks with gas or electricity. If there’s any question in your mind, call in the professionals.

#2 Roof Inspection
Inspect your roof for dents, broken slates, and holes (big and small). If extensive damage is obvious from the ground, be sure to hire a professional rather than trying to navigate the roof yourself. Check gutters and downspouts as even small breaks & dents can lead to bigger problems down the road.

Check for roof damage
Check for roof damage

#3 Assess Garage, Sheds & Fences
If you have a garage, shed, fence or all of the above, take the time to carefully inspect for storm damage. These checks should be done as soon as possible, as this can help prevent all sorts of damage to the contents inside. Mending a partially broken fence can help eliminate a potential security threat to your property.

Assess your sheds & fences for storm damage
Assess your sheds/fences for storm damage

#4 Check the Attic
The Attic is an area which is often overlooked and is the perfect haven for mould growth, rot and other water damage. If water leaks into your home and compromises your roof or weakens your walls, you could be looking at both structural damage and destroyed contents.  It would be appropriate to check the attic regularly, but especially after extreme weather.

#5 Examine your floors, ceilings, windows and doors
From shattered windows to sunken ceilings, and warped doors, a bad storm can cause damage to the interior of your house as well as the exterior. Inspect your flooring, doorways, windows and ceilings for things like cracks, warping and leaks, broken glass, bulging, water damage and any other physical damage.

take photos of all damage big or small
Take photos of all damage big or small

#6 Take Photos of All Damage
As you survey the inside and outside of your home, don’t forget to take photos of the storm damage. Don’t be afraid to document even the smallest thing, since overlooking it now could result in much larger issues in the future.

Mould Solutions

https://www.mouldsolutions.ie
Oct ‘17