Damp and mould can have a number of detrimental effects to your health. It is important to eliminate sources of mould in a bedroom where possible, in order to prevent respiratory problems. We spend roughly a third of our lives in our bedroom and this means that exposure to mould in the bedroom is a particular source of concern. Damp and mould can even have an effect on your immune system. Some people may be more at risk of breathing problems from damp and mould in the bedroom than others.
Who’s most at risk?
Those most at risk from mould in a bedroom are:
- The elderly
- Those with underlying respiratory problems such as asthma
- Those with allergies
- Those with a weakened immune system
What exactly is mould?
Just like mushrooms and yeast, mould is a general term given to a number of fungi that thrive in damp conditions. The function of mould is to decompose organic material and as a result, it can grow on wood or other building materials in the home. Although mould cannot decompose concrete or other non-organic materials, it can spread on dirt using tiny root hairs called hyphae. Some mould also releases spores which are carried by water and air, perfect in damp conditions, although not ideal for your health. Although mould performs a very important function in the earth’s natural ecosystem, exposure to it can be seriously harmful.
Why does mould have an effect on breathing?
Mould releases allergens and toxins which can implant themselves in your respiratory system, causing breathing difficulties. The most common symptoms are:
- Runny nose
- Watery or irritated eyes
- Skin rash
- Asthma attacks
Mould can form in both new and old properties and it’s important to identify the source of mould in a bedroom and take appropriate steps to remedy it as soon as expediently possible. You may be able to remove small amounts of mould by yourself by using a dehumidifier, but large amounts may require the work of a specialist to remove.
Are you renting a home that has mould in the bedroom and your landlord hasn’t taken steps to remedy the problem? Are you having breathing difficulties as a result? You could be entitled to compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 for more information. Our lines are open 24/7 and a friendly, patient and able advisor is waiting to take your call.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown