The effect of damp can be considerable, not only can it impact a property it can affect the health of the people who live in them. The longer that damp affects a home, the more widespread the issues can become and the more you’ll notice the damage that it causes. For example, when damp affects walls, it reduces their ability to insulate, resulting in a much colder home environment. You use more energy (and spend more money!) heating your home and it often has very little effect.
Damp can spread to woodwork and plaster, causing damage to both; in plasterwork, you might notice crumbling or cracking. Affected walls can develop structural issues and begin to deteriorate. Other nearby structures such as floors and timber beams can absorb the moisture, which can lead to timber decay and/or infestation.
Damp creates the perfect environment for mould to thrive in your home, it is common where homes suffer from condensation. The spores which cause the growth of mould need damp conditions in order to proliferate; you might notice black, orange or green mould developing on walls, ceilings or even in cupboards which are areas in which this problem can be found. Mould, particularly black mould, can be a risk to your health. For example, it can aggravate an existing asthma condition, particularly in children, adolescents or vulnerable adults. It also lowers the immune system of people of all ages, increasing your likelihood of developing other illnesses.