Damp & mould symptoms

Moisture in the subfloor, ceiling, and other areas of the home will lead to issues with mould, mildew, termite infestation, and much more.  Without fast action, your home could be vulnerable to these issues and your family could be at risk.  In order to eliminate these threats, it’s essential that you call experts to assist in designing and installing ventilation systems, which eradicate moisture and put an end to these issues.  In order to get the help you need when you need it most, it’s important to know the signs of damp and mould in the home.

The Symptoms of Damp

If left untreated, rising damp will eventually lead to structural damage, mould, mildew, termites, and much more.  Some of the main symptoms of damp include:

  • Peeling or blistering paint
  • Discolouration from the floor
  • Flaking, bubbling, or powdery plaster
  • Signs of rot on skirtings or floorboards
  • Mortar loss or decay on brickwork and/or stonework
  • Surface staining in exterior walls

The cause of damp can vary.  Typically, it occurs when water is drawn up from the ground and absorbed into construction materials.  Once the moisture has made its way into brickwork, stonework, masonry, and other materials, fast action is needed to prevent widespread damage.

The Symptoms of Mould

Dark, moist areas are the perfect breeding grounds for mould.  Although it is usually lurking in hidden areas, there are still plenty of signs that can indicate mould is present in the home.  Exposure to the spores could lead to respiratory damage, asthma, and other health risks.  Some of the symptoms of mould are:

  • Foul odours
  • Signs of mould growth (i.e. black, grey, green, or white clusters on the walls, wall paper, floors, etc.)
  • Symptoms of water problems
  • Physical symptoms of exposure to mould: headaches, trouble concentrating, breathing difficulties, and allergy-like symptoms

If you suspect your home has mould, rising damp, or related issues, contact Nationwide Subfloor Ventilation.