If you have had problems with damp and mould, you may be wondering what to do next. You could consider contacting a solicitor to see if you can claim compensation for the damage caused by the problem. But first, you need to find out if the landlord is liable.
Health risks associated with mould
Moulds and dampness cause health problems in both the short and long term. They can cause allergic reactions, respiratory illness and other illnesses.
Asthma is one of the most common conditions related to mould exposure. Symptoms may include difficulty breathing, wheezing and tight chest. It’s important to inspect your home for visible mould.
Chronic lung disease can also be caused by living in a damp or mouldy building. If you suspect that you have a mould problem, consult a medical professional.
There is not enough evidence to conclude that indoor dampness and mould have a causal relationship. Although there is some evidence linking dampness with upper respiratory symptoms and asthma, this is not sufficient for a conclusive link.
Recent studies have suggested that early exposure to mould or dampness can increase the risk of developing asthma. In addition, exposure to spores and mycotoxins can lead to more severe allergic reactions.
Many people with allergies and immune suppression are susceptible to infection from mould. The effects of mould can be difficult to detect, and testing is expensive and time-consuming.
Toxicological studies are useful for understanding the biological mechanisms behind the adverse health effects of mould. However, these studies have limitations, such as insufficient statistical power.
Meta-analyses have been conducted to combine the results of multiple studies in a structured way. Several meta-analyses of dampness have been conducted. Most of these have found statistically significant increases in asthma diagnoses.
Work out if your landlord is responsible
If you are a tenant in a rental home, it is important that you understand what the law says about your landlord’s role in reducing damp and mould. These two conditions are not just annoying, they can have serious health consequences.
There are several factors to consider when trying to determine your landlord’s responsibility for these issues. The main one is the ‘dew point’. This is the temperature at which water vapour begins to condense.
When the humidity rises above this level, it becomes more likely for a mould to grow. Mould can cause a number of different health problems, from respiratory problems to allergic reactions.
One of the best ways to tell if you are in a rental property with mould is to see whether or not your landlord has made a conscious effort to remove mould. He or she may have installed dehumidifiers or a ventilation system.
Another way to discover if you have a problem with mould is to conduct a detailed inspection of your home. It’s always best to have a qualified person check out your home for the sake of your health.
If you have a problem with mould, make sure you contact your landlord to discuss the matter. Once your landlord knows of the problem, he or she will have a duty of care to remedy the situation.
Damage caused by damp
Damp and mould can be a major threat to your health. If left unchecked, they can cause skin irritation and allergy attacks. They can also affect your immune system.
It’s common for people to experience symptoms of asthma, bronchitis, or allergies when exposed to damp or mouldy buildings. The risk increases if you have pre-existing conditions or if you live in a rented house.
Aside from affecting your health, dampness and mould can damage your property’s value. This is why it’s important to get the problem fixed. You may need to call in a professional for help.
There are several ways to prevent or address damp and mould. One way is to keep the property well-ventilated. Opening windows and using an extractor fan will help reduce the amount of wetting inside your home. Another solution is to make sure your heating is working correctly.
As the weather gets colder, you’re more likely to develop condensation. Condensation occurs when the air temperature hits its ‘dew point’. Increasing background heat and lack of proper ventilation can also lead to condensation.
The WHO estimates that at least 15% of dwellings in cold climates have signs of dampness. That’s a lot of homes!
Some areas may require stricter building codes. If you’re worried about a particular property’s water or mould issues, contact your local authority Environmental Health department or the Property Care Association.