2016-04-14

Here are the top 4 reasons to nip moisture and dampness in your home in the bud:

1. Bacteria: Moisture is the prime breeding ground of bacteria. No amount of anti-bacterial cleaning products can compensate for a damp house. Bacterial colonies grow on damp organic matter, like wall boards and floorboards.
2. Pests: When there’s a lot of water damage in a home you are likely to experience higher rodent and cockroach numbers. Cockroach and rat waste material is a known trigger of asthma, and these pests flourish in damp environments.
3. Dust mites: These little guys thrive in warm damp environments. They can cause stuffy noses, sneezing, itchy eyes, respiratory problems and even asthmatic symptoms.
4. Mould: An emerging body of data suggests that mould itself can cause respiratory illnesses and allergic reactions.

Winter is the most humid time for most Australian residents with levels of over 55% humidity all that are needed to increase mould growth. Mould can trigger symptoms for those living with asthma and allergies, as its airborne spores (when inhaled), can increase coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and, create a greater need for medication.
Mould is commonly found in bathrooms, bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and places with poor air circulation such as wardrobes.


Often we look to quick fixes for moisture problems. Unfortunately, there is no quick and easy solution for damp. Start by identifying the cause (a leak? A broken pipe? A dislodged roof tile?). If you can plainly see mould growth, eliminate the source of moisture and remove the damp material.

The best way to prevent damp walls and floorboards is to try to avoid condensation. Vent your bathroom, vent your kitchen, and vent your dryer to the outside. If you can’t afford a venting system, open the windows until steam disappears. If you notice a leak or water intrusion, fix the problem and dry the wet material immediately.

You can take a stand against respiratory illnesses by stopping moisture in its tracks. Measures that may reduce mould exposure include:

  • removing visible mould by cleaning with naturally fermented white vinegar solution (mould is not always visible and some porous surfaces may need to be removed and discarded)
  • using high-efficiency air filters that may be integrated in air-conditioning, heat-recovery ventilation systems, or in stand-along air purifiers
  • ensuring adequate natural ventilation (including the use of extractor fans)
  • sealing leaks in bathrooms and roofs
  • clearing overflowing gutters and blocked under floor vents
  • removing indoor pot plants (which promote mould growth)
  • drying or removing wet carpets
  • treating rising damp as soon as it is detected

Sometimes it is not always clear that there is an issue with rising damp until it is too late. At Choice Building Inspections, our team of experienced professionals know all the tell-tale signs of damp and mould growth. A Choice Building Inspection could save your health this winter. Anyone moving their family to a new home should give their new residence a clean bill of health to be sure they're protected.
Our thermal imaging service will let you see what your eyes can’t. It will identify the exact location of any problem areas and allow you to commence treatment and repair of these damaged areas.
Why take the risk to your health? Or that of your family?
Call Choice Building Inspections today and dry up the dampness in your home.

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