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Can failed cavity wall insulation affect your health

It’s not just about your house, it’s about you too! A failing cavity wall insulation isn’t any good for you or your pockets. Failing cavity wall insulation will not only cost you money, it could also cost your, or your family’s health! Have you noticed you may be feeling rather headachey, sneezy, or you may have had a few more chest infections than normal? Here at First Choice Energy we have a little mantra and it goes, ‘don’t blame the cold, blame the mould!’ Mould and dampness (it takes two to tango!) can seriously affect your health, especially those who are more vulnerable to illnesses, such as those with asthma, autoimmune diseases, and respiratory diseases. It’s just not worth it, really, is it?

Is your cavity wall insulation affecting your health?

If your cavity wall insulation happens to be causing mould or damp, it can actually affect your health. A growing damp and mould in your home can leave you feeling sick and tired- to say the least! Damp and mould aren’t just hard on the eyes, it’s hard on your head and respiratory system too! When in their presence, they can leave you feeling wheezy and sneezy, with a hangover-worthy headache, and in some severe cases, with a respiratory infection. They may not sound too bad, right? Just think though, if it can make you sick, it’s probably toxic!

Don’t believe us? An article written on a scholarly study performed by Norbäck. D et al, 2017 studied how mould in your homes affects how well your lung’s function. As for the results, we’re not shocked, just disappointed. So, ask yourself, are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Do you think the damp and mould in your house could be affecting your family’s health? It could be time to do something about it, could cavity wall insulation removal improve your health?

What are the symptoms of mould toxicity?

Here’s a bit more detail on how damp and mould caused by your failing cavity wall insulation can affect your health…

There are many factors on how severe you could get sick from mould and damp exposure, these include the length of exposure, the amount of mould and your proximity to the mould too. There are a range of different symptoms too, depending on the nature of your exposure to the mould.

After a short-term exposure to mould, you could experience symptoms such as

  • Congested sinuses
  • Itchy, red eyes with blurry vision
  • Sore throat and coughing
  • Nosebleeds
  • Headaches
  • Skin irritation

Repeated exposure to mould, could leave you face to face with some long-term effects

  • A massively increased risk of respiratory symptoms
  • Fatigue
  • Children can develop asthma

And in serious cases of mould toxicity

  • Legionnaire’s disease
  • Organ damage

If you would like to read more on the potential damaging effects that mould toxicity can have on your health, please refer to the NHS website.  

Mould will not only affect your health, but it will also make your home an unsafe environment to live in too…

If the mould in your house is left, it can spread to the structures of your home, infecting any wooden panels, or beams and causing them to rot. Whether it’s dry rot, or wet rot, what happens to wood when it is rotting? It cracks, it breaks. That truly is not a safe environment for you or your family and someone could get seriously hurt if the wrong amount of pressure is applied to a wooden structure in your home that is rotting because of the damp and mould caused by your failing cavity wall insulation.

A quick recap...

So, after all that, we think you can agree with us on one thing, failing cavity wall insulation really is no good. It’s time to put you, your family, and your house first and have it removed or you or someone you care about could be facing one or more of these scary symptoms! Want to book a survey and get a free quotation for cavity wall insulation removal? Please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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