The Importance of Damp Experts and Effects of Damp on Health

Image of a wall ruined by rising damp before damp experts remove it

Recently, there has been a lot of discussion about the effects that damp can have on your health. One of the more unexpected businesses to promote healthy living was property preservation specialist Richardson & Starling, which is a damp experts company. Many people have no idea what damp looks like and could go years without noticing its presence in their home. What’s more terrifying is most people haven’t got a clue how badly damp can affect their health. After speaking with Richardson and Starling we have gathered all the important information that you need to know about damp experts and the effects of damp on health.

Damp experts stand round a little cottage with tools replacing the damp proof barrier

What is Damp?

Rising damp is moisture rising up through the brick of your home from the ground. This can sometimes be revealed by a watermark half way up your wall. Rising damp occurs if there is damage to your damp barrier of if it was not installed properly when the building was constructed. Penetrating damp is a much more serious problem as it can lead to the growth of mould and affect the timbers of your home. There are many circumstances in which damp occurs. Basement damp is an extremely common type. Condensation and plumbing issues are also big factors in causing damp. In homes that are prone to damp there are things you can do to help prevent it but if you think you have damp you should always see a specialist, as it can be detrimental to your health.

What Can Damp Do to Your Health?

Mould can grow from damp and poorly ventilated properties. Extended exposure to dampness can reduce lung function and cause several chronic health conditions to develop.  One of the most common health problems caused by exposure to damp is asthma. Those who already suffer from asthma and other allergies will experience severe symptoms when exposed to damp. People who live in damp and mouldy homes are also at a higher risk of suffering from depression. Depression has also been known to increase the risk of other chronic conditions such as asthma. Black mould is the most toxic type that can grow from dampness and children are at the highest risk of serious illness from exposure to it.

Close up of blackened wall damaged by damp, photographed by damp experts

Damp Removal

Richardson and Starling are leading damp experts in Scotland. When it comes to treating rising damp, there isn’t a one-method fit all approach. This reliable company will always conduct a thorough survey of your property. Either the damp proof barrier will need to be repaired or it will be removed and rebuilt altogether. This will all depend on its condition, the condition of the home and the damage already done. Keeping everyone safe during the process of damp experts removing damp is of the utmost importance for Richardson and Starling. A chemical treatment is applied to the area where the damp has occurred as well as fixing or replacing the damp proof barrier. They will remove any furniture, decoration or structural elements that have been ruined.