Effects of Penetrating Damp
There are several signs of penetrating damp to look out for and they can take a while to appear, so it’s important to take action whenever you notice anything. Some signs are: localised dampness, plaster damage, wet rot decay, dry rot decay, mould, moss and brick damage.
Penetrating damp contributes to the humidity in a property, something which can affect the health of your family in time. High humidity increases the chances of condensation which in turn increases the chances of mould growth, which can cause respiratory health issues. This is particularly risky to the elderly, children, and people who suffer from asthma. Inhaling mould spores can inflame the airways, causing nasal congestion, wheezing, chest tightness, coughing and throat irritation. Prolonged exposure to damp and mould can reduce your lung function and lead to long-term problems. In your home, damp creates the perfect environment for the growth of dry rot; a wood-consuming fungus that can seriously damage the structure of your property, making it unsafe to live in.