Health Risks of Damp

2nd December 2018 — Blog, Tips
“There is nothing more important than a good, safe, secure home.” Rosalynn Carter, US First Lady from 1977 to 1981

The average person spends around 16 hours a day in their home, or around two thirds of their life. It is therefore no wonder that the air we breathe in our house can have profound health effects.

On average, people produce around 1.25 litres of moisture a day, through breathing, sweating and other household activities. If your home is not properly ventilated, this can cause condensation on windows, mould and other symptoms of a damp home.

A damp home is a breeding ground for mould, a fungi that thrives in humid environments. Inhaling mould spores and fragments causes a myriad of health problems.

Rising Damp

Who is most affected?

A damp living environment is extremely dangerous to those suffering from asthma or any other respiratory disease. It is shown that a damp home reduces lung function and aggravates the airways.

This is also true for people with low immune systems or allergies. A light cold or flu can be enough for mould to exacerbate already existing symptoms.

Sadly those who spend the most time at home are also the most vulnerable to the effects of damp: the young and elderly. Studies have even indicated that children living in a damp home are much more likely todevelop asthma.

What Causes Damp Problems

The main cause of damp is a lack of ventilation. Modern buildings are most susceptible to this due to the effects of insulation and double glazing, yet these features that save us money on our heating bill are affecting our health.

It is no coincidence that damp is much more common in cold countries and in colder months of the year, opening a window or door seems to defeat the purpose of investing in insulating our homes.

Choosing between a fat heating bill and a healthy living environment isn’t as easy as it seems. However, it is a misconception to believe that trapping hot humid air in our home reduces the heating bill, it actually does not, as humid and wet homes are more difficult to heat than dry homes. That’s why ventilating can actually save you money; but if you’re walls are damp, even with ventilating, you’re home will remain cold, and a cold home is, after all, incredibly uncomfortable. So what can we do to tackle the problem?

Mould Caused by Condensation



There are many solutions marketed towards eradicating mould, yet these only tackle the symptoms and not the cause. Mould will always return to a damp environment, no matter how many times you try to treat it.

Using chemical sprays that are meant to kill mould in your home are not much better for your lungs than the effects of the fungus to start with, and are much more expensive.

Chemical injections in the walls of your house are costly and ineffective. They are created with the intent of repeat use, and the companies that sell these rely on their customers to come back again and again. Why pump money into costly chemicals that do not resolve the problem at its core?

SmartDry offers a solution to stop the problem at its core, a one-time investment, that is just as essential as double glazing. They offer the only solution that allows you to maintain a healthy, cost efficient and warm home all at the same time. Their patented DryBricks use physics to control damp, instead of harmful chemicals that expire. SmartDry also goes one step further with their customer service and offers advice on how to remove mould and make sure it stays away for good.

Keep your family healthy, go SmartDry.