It’s no secret that the vast majority of Park Home residents are Senior Citizens (or Pensioners in old money.) Although it’s fabulous to be retired and not subject to the daily commute and the treadmill of work, it’s not so fabulous to be dogged by health problems, which is the lot of many older folk.
High up among these problems are respiratory diseases and an increased risk of coughs, colds, asthma and for ex and current smokers, emphysema.
There’s been all sorts of research done on the effects of damp, mould, humidity and poor air quality in bricks and mortar, but very little on the effects of those same dangers in Park Homes.
Now, I’m no Scientist – I managed to get Biology ‘O’ Level, but failed miserably with Physics and Chemistry – however, in common with most of us, I have a PhD in the University of Life or the School of Hard Knocks as it’s sometimes known. Years spent diagnosing and fixing problems beneath Park Homes however, gives me an advantage over the Scientists!
This experience, plus a bit of logic, screams to me that many Park Home residents are suffering because they are living above what can only be described as a swamp. I’m talking about the crawl space, the underfloor area, that uninviting, hidden and rarely-ventured two-foot high repository of chassis, jacks, floor bearers and plumbing.
Water and damp beneath your Park Home can be caused by plumbing leaks (waste pipes, soil pipes, mains, hot & cold feed and washing machine/dishwasher), or rainwater (leaking or flowing through the skirting or from overfilled rain water catchment barrels, leaking guttering/downpipes, lack of soakaways and sloping concrete bases.)
In itself, water below your home isn’t a health problem, as long as your home’s below floor moisture barrier is intact or has had aftermarket decent insulation fitted properly. If the moisture barrier has been breached or has no moisture barrier at all, or the under floor insulation is poor (which is the case with many older homes from the 70’s and 80’s) then there is a high risk of damp and mould and the subsequent health problems associated with such dangers.
If you’ve mouldy patches on the skirting or walls indoors or inside cupboards and wardrobes, if the floor or carpet feels damp or the floor spongy, you have underfloor damp/water problems.
What makes the situation worse is the high probability that a home with crawl space water/damp issues also has dirt, debris, excess mortar, builders rubbish and general muck laying about. This holds the water, making drainage and evaporation very difficult. Once you have this situation, it rapidly attracts rats and mice. The patter of tiny feet in the walls, roof or below the floor is a warning sign. The disgusting stench from below the floor from a dead rat is not something I would wish on my worst enemy!
Again, the prescence of vermin in your crawl space is not conducive to good health for Park Home residents, never mind the damage they can do to your plastic plumbing, insulation and moisture barrier.
A clean, dry and well-maintained crawl space is an essential first step to better health for Park Home residents. Ask your Doctor or other Health professional if this would be beneficial to your health. Get on to Environmental Health at your Local Council if you suspect problems below your Home – that’s what you pay Council Tax for!
No other Park Home Refurbishment or Chassis Company cleans out the underfloor area, disposes of all rubbish and rectifies damp and flooding problems.
Call the Chassis Doctor on 01234 300587 for a Survey/Inspection and let us set your mind at rest.