Damp and mould in the home is a common problem for many households in the UK due to our typical Great British wet weather. That being said, while damp and mould is common, to sleep with mould in your room can present myriad health risks.
While you may consider injuries at home caused by slips, trips and falls, we often dismiss other long-lasting issues that could be having an adverse effect on our health, such as the effects of mould.
Why is it a problem to sleep with mould in the room?
To answer this question we really need only consider the very nature of mould. Mould is caused due to damp, whether this is in your walls, plaster or wallpaper, it remains a health hazard.
The common issues when you sleep with mould in your room are the allergens and irritants produced by the mould. This can really aggravate existing problems for those with skin conditions, for example, but can also induce illness, including colds and chest problems, in those who are otherwise in good health.
In severe cases, when you sleep with mould in your room, you may also be subject to the toxic substances produced by some types of mould.
Is it safe if I leave the mould and don’t touch it?
It is a common misconception that you can only be affected by mould if you touch it and disturb the spores.
It is important to remember that mould is a living organism and as such you can sustain mould-related illnesses by simply breathing in spores released by the mould. This is especially true if you are exposed to mould over long periods, such as when you sleep with mould in your room.
My landlord won’t help with my mould problem
When you live in rented accommodation, your landlord has a legal responsibility to ensure that your home is maintained to a reasonable standard for living, that your home is fit for human habitation.
If your damp or mould problem is caused by problems with the accommodation or poor maintenance, through no fault of your own, your landlord could be held liable for your mould-related illness, just as they would be if you experienced a fall down the stairs due to incomplete handrail fittings.
Whether you experienced a fall in the home or a mould-related problem, if you feel your landlord is liable, speak with one of our friendly advisors today on Accident Advice Helplines freephone number, 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: April 6, 2016
Author: Accident Advice