Dirty-GuttersClogged gutters can cause a long list of damage to your property, including water damage, wood rot, mildew, mold, structural damage, and more—but can it contribute to Sick Building Syndrome?

What Is Sick Building Syndrome?

Sick Building Syndrome occurs when someone’s home or workplace actually causes them to become ill. This can occur for a variety of reasons, and some people are more sensitive to it than others, but it is a relatively common issue. Recognized as a legitimate illness by the World Health Organization (WHO), Sick Building Syndrome is suspected to be a factor in as much as 30 percent of buildings around the world.[1]

Sick Building Syndrome: The Symptoms

People who experience Sick Building Syndrome may report a variety of symptoms. With so many possible complaints, it is feasible that two people with the same illness may have completely different experiences. Here are some of the symptoms associated with Sick Building Syndrome:

  • Irritation of the eyes
  • Irritation of the nose
  • Irritation of the throat
  • Irritation of the skin
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Detection of irregular tastes or odors
  • Long-term health conditions (in severe or prolonged cases or cases in which individuals are extremely sensitive)

Sick Building Syndrome: The Causes and Prevention

Sick Building Syndrome is caused by a wide variety of issues, ranging from improper ventilation to biological contaminants (including mold). Maintaining a clean work environment that is free of water damage, bacteria, pollen, and more can prevent Sick Building Syndrome from developing.

While many property owners maintain clean interiors, keeping the exterior of your home in great shape can help prevent the onset of Sick Building Syndrome. Clogged gutters can lead to overflow, which cause water damage that can result in the growth of mold. To keep your gutters clear, try the Leaf Slugger gutter cleaning prevention system.

[1] According to a 1984 report by the WHO