Unfortunately, in the majority of cases, your insurance will not cover you in the case of a damp problem like rising damp or condensation. This is because damp usually falls under the category of ‘gradual deterioration’, which most buildings, contents and landlord insurance policies do not cover.
Over 70% of schools in the UK are suffering from damp problems
According to a survey conducted by NASUWT, The Teacher’s Union, in 2018, 71% of teachers reported signs of leaks, damp and mould in their school. 55% of the 1,200 responders also said that this was the case in classrooms where they teach.
One teacher reported: "My classroom has thick black mould growing up the walls, the paint is peeling and the room smells very damp."
“A disgraceful picture of schools in the 21st Century…”
Half of the teachers surveyed revealed that their school had undergone a significant spending project in the last five years, however, very few mentioned repairing dilapidated buildings or fixing damp problems as a priority. Instead, 29% said that school funds were spent on branding, 25% on extra members of the management team, and 22% on hiring consultants.
General Secretary of the NASUWT, Chris Keates, stated: “This is a disgraceful picture of schools in the 21st Century and revealing about the spending priorities of some schools."
"The failure of government is compounded by those employers which, rather than invest in the maintenance of their school buildings and improving the learning environment, have chosen instead to stockpile their funds in reserves or give priority to vanity projects which have little or no impact on educational outcomes.”
Why is damp a problem in schools?
The harmful effects of mould exposure are well documented and can be especially harmful for children and those with allergies. As somewhere that kids spend most of their time apart from home, it is incredibly important that schools remain clear of damp and mould in order to prevent the potential for negative health effects as a result.
If your school in Dorset or Hampshire plans to invest in damp proofing and damp repair this year, we are the number one choice in the region. We offer competitive, fair quotes and honest advice paired with excellent services. Book a damp survey today on 01202 57737.
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