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Damp and mould are intrusive if not dealt with in a timely manner and can get out of control fast, in some cases, it could begin to rot timbers affecting the structural elements of the roof and building. Dealing with the damp, mould and condensation correctly and early on can save a lot of money and unnecessary suffering.
Condensation forms when excess moisture in the air, from wet clothes, wet/damp hair, towels, cooking or showering comes into contact with a cold surface.
Inadequate ventilation can be one of the primary reasons for condensation in properties.
Condensation, which causes mould and damp, can be due to faulty heating systems, ventilation or insulation.
It is likely the surveyor has had little training and does not fully understand the true causes of damp, mould and condensation.
Such companies that recommended Damp Proof Injection simply want to sell a service/chemicals that often do more harm to your property than good and such services are not recommended until you first determine the true cause of the problem.
We use professionally qualified building surveyors who care for your property and want to offer realistic and effective solutions using the least intrusive method for resolving mould and condensation problems in your home.
We provide cost-effective solutions to resolving mould and condensation problems in your home. Our experienced surveyors will find the true cause of the mould and provide recommendations to remedy the issue.
Our surveyors spend between 1 – 3 hours at the property and follow up their findings with a detailed comprehensive mould and condensation report highlighting the true cause of the issues along with any recommendations.
Not all household moulds cause health problems. However, some mould spores contain allergens, and irritants and produce toxins which can cause health problems, especially when ingested or inhaled deep into the respiratory tract.
Evidence to support a relationship between the presence of household mould or damp and an increase in the incidence of health problems such as fungal infections, respiratory illness, asthma and allergies is heavily documented.
Individuals with impaired immune functions such as the elderly, young children, cancer and HIV patients and patients who have received transplant organs are particularly susceptible to health problems caused by mould. As more and more of these patients are treated and rehabilitated in the home, it is increasingly important to ensure that secondary illnesses, such as those caused by mould exposure are prevented in these individuals
Scientific studies have found that more than 80 species of fungi have been associated with respiratory tract disorders, where breathing in mould can cause bronchitis, asthma, sinusitis and recurrent respiratory infections.
Children, especially preschool children exposed to mould have a significant increase in the risk of persistent cough and show significantly more episodes of common cold than children who are not exposed to mould.
In addition, children living in damp homes display a 20-25% increase in upper respiratory tract symptoms such as coughing, wheezing and breathing difficulties.
Studies have shown that adults living in damp homes or homes with high levels of mould report an increased incidence of respiratory infections and symptoms such as rhinitis, sore throat, cough and the common cold.
Scientific evidence has shown that asthma is more prevalent among adults living in damp homes and that asthma is three times more common in adults with mould allergy.
Fungal spores are generally recognised as important causes of respiratory allergies in both the lower and upper respiratory tracts, causing symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes and skin rash. The household moulds Penicillium and Aspergillus are more closely associated with allergic symptoms and allergic sensations than the common outdoor moulds.
Research has shown that while asthma, allergies and respiratory problems are all significantly associated with indoor exposure to fungal spores, Penicillium is a risk factor for asthma and Aspergillus is a risk factor for atopy.
A study has established a link between the incidence of allergies in atopic individuals and the presence of Aspergillus fumigatus, a fungus commonly found in the soil of potted plants in the home.
Fungal infections such as Aspergillosis and Candidosis are caused by opportunistic fungi which enter the body via open wounds, or grow on the body surface, e.g. feet, skin, hair and nails. Fungal infections are highly contagious and are easily spread by direct contact. Individuals with weakened immune systems are particularly susceptible to fungal infections, where the infection can reach internal organs and become potentially life threatening.
Several studies have shown that the removal of visible mould or removal of people from exposure to mould significantly reduces or ceases the symptoms of these health problems. As such, mould must be effectively eradicated from the home, as well as prevented from entering the home in order to prevent and reduce illness.
This information was gained from the Hygiene Council website.
Alpine Surveys have over 30 years of experience in detecting damp, mould and condensation in both domestic and commercial properties across the south of England.
Unlike other companies, we will NOT tell you the problem is due to rising damp, which is simply a myth and a phrase adopted by the chemical industry to sell you toxic chemicals that are often considered to be unnecessary.
We aim to contact every customer within a couple of hours.
A little feedback from our clients
An impeccable service was provided by Alpine, I can’t thank them enough. From speaking to the wonderful ladies in the office to their surveyor visiting our property, and later providing a detailed report on how to remedy our property defect, the whole experience was stress-free and reasonably priced. I would recommend them to anyone who needs a building survey.
Very professional, received a report for my damp issue the next day , I would certainly used this company again.
Abbas undertook a detailed visual survey of the settlement in our property. He provided a comprehensive explanation in easy to understand language and practical advice. Most importantly, he provided reassurance over the impact of the problem. Highly recommended.
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