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Dampness & Mould: Getting rid of a common Lagos problem

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The issue of dampness is one of the challenges people face in Lagos, especially those who live in areas close to water, or those who live in areas disturbed by a flood. As much as many have gotten used to it, and some have even found a way to manage it, a lot do not know about the factors contributing to dampness, or the health effect it has on people.

Factors contributing to dampness/Mould

An excess of moisture is responsible for dampness. Several things can contribute to this, including leaking pipes, rain seeping into the house, leaks through the roof, walls, and around the window frames.

Condensation can also lead to an increase in indoor moisture. The condensing process results in liquid water forming from vapor.

In damp conditions, mould grows due to the lack of airflow.

You may have a dampness and mould problem if you notice these signs:

  • Damp or musty smell
  • Dark stains or patches on the wall
  • Peeling paint
  • Rising damp that is the result of rainwater that seeps through a floor or wall
  • Floor coverings lifting off the floor

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How dampness and mould affect health

  • Can lead to respiratory illnesses, which are among the largest health problems.
  • It can cause eczema.
  • Feelings of nausea
  • It often results in itchy, watering eyes

Groups majorly affected by dampness and mould related health issues.

People under the age of 18 and the elderly are the most vulnerable to the effects of dampness.

Living in a damp environment is also harmful to those with certain skin conditions like eczema.

The likelihood of experiencing dampness and mould in your home is higher if you live near flooded areas and in locations with poor drainage.

Symptoms

It causes

  •  irritations of the eyes,
  •  wheezing, 
  • nasal or sinus stuffiness, 
  • throat irritations,
  •  allergies and
  •  coughing.

Furthermore, several studies have shown that people living in humid homes seem to be at greater risk with asthma.

Here are some guidelines for reducing dampness and mould in the home

  • When possible, keep the windows open to let in fresh air.
  • Check for leaks and repair them. 
  • Clear your drainage regularly if you experience blocked drainages.
  • It is vital to clean mould-infested areas thoroughly and consistently.
  • The water problem should be identified and resolved.

Conclusion

If you live in Lagos, the chances of you having the problem of dampness are high. You will need to take the dampness and mould problem seriously, at least, if not because of your interior beauty, but because of your health and that of the people around you.

If it is something you experience, the tips in this article can help you get rid of the problem once and for all.

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