Mould is a common problem in many homes. It can cause serious issues, including ill health and respiratory problems, property damage, unpleasant smells, poor air quality and unsightly mould patches. Continue reading for key information about mould, its common causes, preventative measures you can take now and the professional services you can reach out to if your situation requires more attention.
Mould can appear black, green, purple or blue, depending on the species. Signs of mould can include frequent allergic reactions, persistent or chesty coughing and musty or damp smells. Failing to clean mould can lead to several health conditions, such as itchy eyes and skin, asthma, upper respiratory tract symptoms, immune-mediated conditions and other serious problems.
Mould thrives in damp environments, so controlling moisture levels in your home is critical to preventing mould growth. Use a dehumidifier in areas with moisture, such as bathrooms and basements, and make sure to ventilate these areas properly.
Surfaces that are dirty or have a dust build-up are more susceptible to mould growth. Be sure to regularly dust, vacuum and wipe down surfaces, lending special attention to areas more prone to dampness, like bathrooms and kitchens.
An air purifier can help remove mould spores from the air, preventing them from settling on surfaces and growing. Look for a purifier with a H.E.P.A. filter designed to trap small particles like mould spores.
On dry and sunny days, open windows and doors or turn on fans to increase airflow throughout your home. This ventilation will reduce the risk of mould growth.
Condensation is one of the leading causes of mould, often occurring in windows, walls and ceilings, and can be caused by poor insulation or ventilation.
Leaks and cracks in your home’s walls, floors, and ceilings can allow moisture to seep in and create the perfect environment for mould growth. Be sure to fix any leaks as soon as they’re discovered to prevent this from happening.
Where possible, use paint that is mould resistant. Mould-resistant paint contains additives that inhibit the growth of mould and mildew, making it an excellent option for areas prone to dampness.
Furniture placed directly against walls can trap moisture and make it easier for mould to grow. Keeping furniture a few inches away from walls will allow for proper ventilation.
Turn on an exhaust fan when showering or bathing, and keep the bathroom door closed to stop moisture from escaping into living areas.
It’s a great idea to open your wardrobes occasionally to air out clothes hanging inside. This will prevent moisture and dust build-up to avoid turning your closet into a place where mould can thrive.
Ensure clothes dryers are adequately ventilated and regularly remove lint from the filter. If your laundry has a door leading outside, consider keeping it open during dryer cycles to let moisture escape from the inside.
Several natural remedies, including tea tree oil and vinegar, can be used as natural mould inhibitors. Simply add a few drops to a spray bottle filled with water and use it to clean surfaces susceptible to mould growth.
Whirlybirds can prevent mould growth by creating a vacuum that pulls hot air out of the home. This continuous flow of air helps to dry out any moisture that may have accumulated, reducing the chances of mould and mildew growth. Exhausting the hot and stale air creates a natural cross-ventilation system that brings in fresh and cool air, preventing the formation of moist environments where mould can thrive.
If you suspect you have a mould problem you can’t handle on your own, it’s best to get professional help. A mould remediation specialist can assess the situation and provide you with a plan to remove the mould and prevent it from coming back.
Efficient Hygiene Services has a qualified team of professional mould cleaners who can quickly take care of the problem. We begin our service by performing a comprehensive inspection of all areas where mould is visible or expected to be present, after which we start the removal process using various methods, such as airborne filtering, fogging treatments and direct cleaning. We can also provide recommendations to prevent future mould growth, such as repairing leaky pipes or moving furniture. If you’re struggling with mould infestation at your home or office, give us a call on 1300 222 357.