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Mould & Damp

Damp and mould in social housing: a serious health hazard

Damp and mould are common problems in many social housing properties, especially in older buildings that lack proper ventilation and insulation. Damp and mould can cause a range of health issues, such as respiratory infections, asthma, allergies, skin problems and mental stress. They can also damage the structure and appearance of the property, reducing its value and attractiveness.

Damp and mould are often caused by excess moisture in the air, which can come from various sources, such as leaking pipes, faulty roofs, condensation from cooking or bathing, or rising damp from the ground. Damp and mould can also be aggravated by poor heating, lack of ventilation, overcrowding or hoarding.

If you live in social housing and suffer from damp and mould, you have the right to request repairs or improvements from your landlord. Your landlord has a legal obligation to provide you with a safe and habitable home that meets the minimum standards of decency. You can also take legal action against your landlord if they fail to address the problem or if you suffer any harm or loss as a result of damp and mould.

However, before you contact your landlord or take legal action, you should try to identify the source and extent of the damp and mould problem in your property. You should also take some simple steps to prevent or reduce damp and mould, such as:

- Keep your home well ventilated by opening windows or using extractor fans

- Avoid drying clothes indoors or use a dehumidifier

- Keep your home warm by using adequate heating and insulation

- Clean any mouldy surfaces with a fungicidal wash or bleach

- Dispose of any items that are damp or mouldy

- Report any leaks or defects to your landlord as soon as possible

By following these tips, you can improve your living conditions and protect your health and well-being. However, if the damp and mould problem persists or worsens, you should not hesitate to contact your landlord or seek legal advice. Damp and mould are not only unsightly and unpleasant, but also a serious health hazard that should not be ignored.

If mould is a concern for your council or housing association, CorkSol & Get Plastered East Kilbride who are fully trained in the application of SprayCork for mould prevention can help. 

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