Why Mould Removal Analysed?
To begin this post, let us look at mould. Mould is found all around us. There are many different types of mould.
There are around 12 mould variations in the average Sydney home. Not all mould is dangerous or affect your health.
When mould is very visible, that is where you need to pay attention. Small amounts of visible mould in the bathroom or around windows are not cause for concern.
You may smell mould or mustiness. This also warrants further investigation.
How Does Mould Start?
Some rooms may have suffered historic water damage. Carpet and underlay can hide mould growth. Wall cavities are another perfect breeding ground. Sometimes caused by a pipe leak.
Another common problem is shower recess leaking. Further water ingress (leading to mould incubation) is possible when a concrete screed is no longer in tact. Slow leaking washing machines/dishwashers/cisterns/fridges.
Gradual water ingress can be problematic. It may take weeks or months before you notice the problem. By that time, mould incubation is well underway.
The connection between mould and moisture is looked at in more detail in the following article.
Types of Mould of Concern
- Cladosporium is one green fungus category. Mostly not dangerous to humans. Can cause occasional allergy/asthma reaction.
- Aspergillus is another type of green mould. Very common and found in most homes. It is harmless if you have a healthy immune system. The spores can caused sinus or lung infection in immunocompromised individuals.
- Penicillium. This fungus only rarely affects human health. There are documented cases of myotic keratitis (cornea infections) and endocarditis (heart chamber inflammation) linked to Penicillium.
- Most black mould will not cause issues in your home.
- The one exception is Stachybotrys Chartarum. The spores release toxic trihothecenes (a type of mycotoxin). Long term exposure can lead to Cronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome.
- Symptoms may include itchy eyes, runny nose, wheezing, or asthma.
With all potential allergies, testing is crucial. We are not reactive to every allergen.
Your local doctor may be able to test or direct you to appropriate procedures. Additionally, you are able to test the level of mould inside your home.
There are companies who supply appropriate testing kits to determine the type and volume of mould in your home.
How Do You Limit Mould in Your Home?
Dry your home with ventilation and dehumidification.
Clean all visible mould. Never spray mould with a bleach type cleaner.
Remember to wear appropriate PPE.
Make sure all air conditioning filters are cleaned regularly.
Invest in air filtration.
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Our technicians are very experienced in the process of mould remediation. Our Mould removal analysed background makes all the difference.
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