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Can Moisture, Damp and Mould in my House affect my Health?

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Yes, if you have moisture in your home it translates into damp and mould and you are more likely to have respiratory problems, respiratory allergies, allergies, sinusitis or asthma. Damp and mould can also affect your immune system making you more vulnerable to colds and other illnesses.

Do you wake up with headaches, blocked nasal passages or constantly suffer from headaches?

Who can be affected? Some people are more sensitive than others but it has been proven that the following people are more receptive to moisture and mould infection:

  • Babies and Children

  • Elderly people

  • Those with existing skin problems, such as eczema.

  • Those with respiratory problems, such as allergies, sinusitis and asthma.

  • Those with weakened immune systems

These people should avoid moisture infected damp and mould areas.

How does this affect your health?

Moulds produce allergens (substances that can cause an allergic reaction), irritants and sometimes toxic substances. Inhaling or touching mould spores may cause an allergic reaction such as sneezing, a runny nose, red eyes, headaches, skin rash and can cause asthma attacks.

Causes of moisture, damp and mould.

Damp and mould are caused by moisture intrusion. Moisture in homes can be caused by leaking pipes, faulty geyser plumbing, rising damp from wet outside soils, basements, ground floors or rain intrusion due to a damaged roof or wrong gutter configurations, deteriorated window chalking and also poor home or Attic (Roof and ceiling) ventilation as well as build-up of Condensation.

Newly built homes or extensions or alterations to you home might have excess moisture indoors caused by plaster on walls or floors that have not dried sufficiently.


What do I do when I notice these symptoms and suspect moisture intrusion in my home?

If damp, moisture and mould is a problem in your home, or you suspect it because of the mentioned health ailments of your family, you should contact ipi to conduct a moisture inspection and determine where the problem is and how serious the moisture intrusion is.

The key to Damp and Mould control as well as better health is Moisture Control.

We suggest that you get an IPI inspection (NO OBLIGATION) quote by clicking   http://ipinspect.co.za/contact-us/. This includes a complete moisture inspection as well as a written report comprising of narratives and photos using sophisticated moisture detection equipment and Thermographic (Infra-Red Camera) confirmation as well as a Certificate of Inspection

Once you receive our quote you can decide whether to use our services. You are under no obligation. 

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