There are many different types of household mould, some are more damaging to your health and property than others but no matter what type of mould you may be experiencing you are going to want to get rid of it. Here is everything you need to know about mould removal and prevention.
What Causes Mould?
Mould is a type of fungus that is caused by dampness, mould can only grow and be active when there is some sort of moisture present. There are hundreds of different types of mould, both indoors and outdoors and can be characterised by numerous different colours and features including;
Health Implications of Mould
Mould can have disastrous effects on your health, depending on the type of mould that you are exposed to and how you react to it. Mould removal is essential to help ensure the more serious health issues don’t develop.
Some people can suffer from allergic reactions or hypersensitivity to mould, this can include symptoms like;
- Watery eyes
- Runny nose
- Itchy eyes
- Redness of eyes
If you develop a severe reaction to mould you might experience some of these less common symptoms;
- Difficulty breathing
Some types of mould are particularly hazardous and can cause or aggravate more serious, potentially life-threatening conditions. People who already suffer with conditions such as asthma and respiratory problems, mould can worsen their condition. It can also aggravate lung conditions and can even cause serious lung infections for people with weakened immune systems.
Other effects on the health include;
- Pulmonary haemorrhage (bleeding of the lungs)
- Toxic mould syndrome
For both large and small mould problems
For small mould problems a mixture of 1-part chlorine bleach to 3 parts water and a stiff bristled brush can work wonders. Just ensure you wear appropriate protective wear including; gloves, a facemask and eye protection. Mould can be highly toxic and coming into close contact with it can have serious health implications. Contact a
If the mould problem is more serious or you are experiencing a black mould problem, then phone a professional as soon as possible. Mould occurs from moisture and it’s essential to detect the root of the problem so help prevent it from happening again. The specialist will then deal with the mould and restore your property back to its original state.
There are many ways you can aid mould prevention and control in your own home, including;
- Ensure that issues such as leaky plumbing or other factors that lead to moisture build up are identified and repaired quickly
- Clean and dry areas where there have been leaks within 24-48 hours of the incident
- Use an air conditioner or dehumidifier during humid weather
- Avoid putting carpets in humid rooms, such as basement and bathrooms
- Use fans to maintain good ventilation
- Add mould prevention products to household paint
- Keep humidity levels low (30%-50% is ideal)
- Use bathroom fans and, if possible, open bathroom window when showering
- Moisture producing appliances (such as clothes dryers and stoves) should be vented to outside, if possible
- Add insulation to reduce potential condensation