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Mould is present virtually everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. However, mould becomes an issue in wet/moist areas without adequate ventilation where it can accumulate rapidly. Common places in which mould can accumulate include bathroom tiles, underneath carpet, insulation material and walls.
How does mould cause respiratory problems?
When reproducing, mould produces particles called spores which are carried in the air. In an area with a large amount of mould present these spores can cause health problems to those who inhail them which may include a running or blocked nose, irritation of the eyes or skin and sometimes wheezing. Occasionally, more severe reactions may occur and very rarely a mould infection may develop.
It is important to note that people with pre-existing health conditions are much more likely to experience health issues from mould exposure, including:
- People with asthma,
- Breathing conditions,
- Weakened immune systems and,
- Chronic lung diseases.
How can I prevent mould growth in my home?
Ultimately, the key to prevent mould growth within your home is to deprive your home of the moisture mould needs to accumulate. This can be achieved through:
- Maintain proper ventilation- Turn on exhaust fans when undertaking activities such as cooking, laundry and showering. Further leave windows open particularly in bathrooms, laundries and kitchens where possible.
- Reduce humidity- Limit the use of humidifiers, unflued gas heaters and the number of indoor plants and fish tanks.
- Control moisture and dampness- Promptly repair all water leaks and plumping issues.
Rising damp may be a cause of mould within your home, which involves moisture rising up a brick or stone wall. Poor sub-floor ventilation or moisture in the sub-floor area will worsen the problem. Our inspectors can test for rising damp and are experts in identifying structural issues within your home. If you suspect you may have a rising damp issue, please contact us on 13 15 46.
What do I do if mould is present within my home?
If small amount of mould are present within your home, you should remove it as soon as it appears. Please note that the mould will simply reappear if the source of the moisture is not identified and vitiated. If you can not identify the cause of your home’s mould or have a large issue please call our team of experts at 13 15 46.