When I started writing this post, I thought it would be great if we had a tagline for fellow Lagosians, so I came up with one. But before I start using it everywhere I go, let me know what you feel about it. How does For Lagosians by a Lagosian sound to you? I won't waste your time any further with my struggle for taglines. Let's get to the business of today. 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: \tDamp or musty smell \tDark stains or patches on the wall \tPeeling paint \tRising damp that is the result of rainwater that seeps through a floor or wall \tFloor coverings lifting off the floor ALSO READ:\u00a0\u201cComing to Lagos opened my eyes\u201d \u2013 A Lagos story How dampness and mould affect health \tCan lead to respiratory illnesses, which are among the largest health problems. \tIt can cause eczema. \tFeelings of nausea \tIt 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 \t\u00a0irritations of the eyes, \t\u00a0wheezing,\u00a0 \tnasal or sinus stuffiness,\u00a0 \tthroat irritations, \t\u00a0allergies and \t\u00a0coughing. 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 \tWhen possible, keep the windows open to let in fresh air. \tCheck for leaks and repair them.\u00a0 \tClear your drainage regularly if you experience blocked drainages. \tIt is vital to clean mould-infested areas thoroughly and consistently. \tThe 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.