It is impossible to ignore a leaky pipe, no matter how small. Even if there is no immediate water damage, mould and bacteria can quickly infest your home. This is why many homeowners don’t recognize the dangers before they are too late. Experts in professional health have shown that damp homes can lead to respiratory diseases such as asthma and other health problems.
Why Damp Proof Your House?
- Bacterial Growth. Bacteria thrive in moist environments. A damp house is an ideal place to raise them. Because bacteria thrive on organic matter, woods such as your roof framing are ideal places for them to establish colonies. It is difficult to detect because it is one side effect of damp in a house.
- Pests These homes are high-risk places for children, particularly because of the diseases they carry.
- Dust mites: If you have symptoms like sneezing or itchy eyes, stuffy nasal passages, asthmatic symptoms, or respiratory problems, then there is a high chance that dust mites are present in your home. Dust mites love moist environments and are attracted to temperatures between 26 and 27 degrees Celcius. This makes South African homes ideal habitats. While air conditioning is effective in controlling the symptoms, humidifying air cooling has become increasingly popular in South African homes. This can worsen the mite problem.
- Mould This is the most obvious sign of damp and can be very damaging to homes. Mould can also cause severe health problems, such as allergic reactions or respiratory illness. It can leave a home with an unpleasant odour that is difficult to eliminate. Mould can be difficult to remove and may return if it isn’t addressed at the source. It is important to call in experts if you see any signs of mould. They will be able to remove the source of the damage and prevent it from coming back.
Prevent and Eliminate Dampness in Your Home
There are several ways you can protect your family, home and yourself from the dangers of damp.
- Make sure your home has adequate ventilation. Install exhaust fans in your bathroom and a hood above your stove in the cooking area. Ventilate your laundry dryer outdoors.
- Check for leaks regularly and immediately repair any structural damage, especially to your roof or plumbing.
- Call the professionals immediately if you notice any signs of mould growth.
- A professional can inspect your home to ensure that it is properly protected against South African weather. This will prevent future damp or water damage.