The city of Gold Coast and the surrounding areas enjoy a subtropical, humid climate, where there is plenty of Gold Coast and nice year round rains making it a wonderful place to work and live. Unfortunately, mould also likes these same conditions, so thrives in many of the older types of houses and buildings. A lot of the building materials used in the construction provide the perfect base for mould to start and grow.

Efficient Hygiene Services (EHS) offers mould cleaning on the Gold Coast and is committed to providing its customers with HVAC Hygiene strategies they ensure their technicians employ the best possible standards, work ethics and outcomes in dealing with all your mould issues.

Any type of mould found in or around your home or any other building should be dealt with straight away as it poses a significant health risk, is very likely to spread and is almost always allergenic.

Most cases of childhood allergies and respiratory illnesses can be traced to mould found around the living or sleeping areas of those affected.

Some of the common types of mould found around the greater Gold Coast area:

  • Acremonium mould, this usually grows in cracks around windows, humidifiers and air conditioning units
  • Alternaria mould is highly allergenic and found in damp areas such as showers, bathtubs laundries, under kitchen sinks, around saunas, spas and indoor pools, especially their changing areas
  • Aspergillus mould is found in many Australian homes
  • Aureobasidium mould is an allergenic mould that is commonly found behind wallpaper, painted woodwork and laminated surfaces
  • Chaetomium mould is most commonly found in water-damaged buildings

The treatment of mould starts with a comprehensive assessment of all the areas where mould is seen or expected to be present. This is to determine the type of moulds that are present and the degree of the mould infestation.

Once the extent of the mould problem is accurately identified the appropriate treatment program can be decided on and the work to remove the mould and any affected materials can begin.

Once the mould infestation is placed under control, it’s necessary to find the reason the mould has grown there as well as where any moisture is coming from and any damage that has been caused. Once this is established it becomes easier to take the appropriate steps to ensure that it remains under control and does not reform and return.

It’s important to understand that there are thousands of different moulds around every part of the world and that it’s just not possible to completely eliminate them. Sure, you can kill them, but they will just come back unless you take steps to ensure the area is not hospitable to them.

What is Mould

Moulds are a type of fungi, they live and grow in filaments and reproduce from the spores they produce. Many types of mould live outside while others prefer to be inside. They all thrive in damp, humid environments, some like the light, while others prefer darkness. Very few of them can survive in direct sunlight or without water.

Some moulds are completely harmless, others are mildly irritating, some cause a highly allergenic reaction and others can be toxigenic to anyone who comes into contact with them.

When mould is present in a building it can cause a variety of problems for anyone there and be the reason for the following harmful reactions and conditions:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Asthma
  • Fever
  • Lung and respiratory infections
  • Skin diseases such as rashes and open sores
  • Shingles
  • Immune system disorders
  • Internal bleeding
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Loss of sleep
  • Loss of appetite
  • Short term memory loss
  • Nervous and neurological and disorders
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Muscle and joint pains

High levels or severe exposure to mould may cause:

  • Cancer
  • Blindness
  • Long term memory loss
  • Bleeding lungs
  • Blindness
  • Brain damage
  • Death

There are a number of conditions that are known to encourage the development of mould including:

  • Mould spores
  • Darkness
  • Warmth
  • Moisture
  • A Food source
  • Enough time
  • Oxygen

When you have a mould problem, call EHS the best mould cleaners on the Gold Coast for a prompt, reliable and professional team to come to your place to remove it and then discover the reason you have a mould infestation, so the can provide the perfect solution ensuring you remain mould fee after the mould is eradicated.

Being able to control dampness is the first step in mould prevention. A mould infestation occurs mainly in moist, poorly ventilated, dark places such as basements, crawl spaces, attics and in the ceiling as well as under built-in sinks, bathroom vanities, shower bases or linings and leaky toilet fittings. Usually, this is caused by a leaking water pipe, drainage leak or a leaky roof.

The best method is to remove all signs of the mould spores and any affected materials, then ensure they are made waterproof and has adequate ventilation to reduce humidity levels and make the area unattractive to mould.

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