Mould is a microscopic organism that requires the following to grow:
Mould usually destroys whatever it grows on as it gradually digests it. Mould also releases tiny spores that can travel through the air; these spores often have mycotoxins and allergens attached to them. It is the mycotoxins and allergens that can affect our health and cause allergic reactions.
If your home is suffering with black or any other type of mould you want a quick and effective solution. You should always seek specialist advice and trust an experienced professional.
Where there is a serious or persistent mould problem the first thing you need to do is identify the damp, once this has been done, and both rising and penetrating damp have been ruled out, solving a problem caused by condensation damp is not difficult.
Condensation damp occurs as a direct result of poor or inadequate ventilation, and once the ventilation issue has been remedied, the condensation and mould should no longer appear.
If condensation isn't an issue in your property, the mould and mildew may be caused by something more serious like rising damp. You can learn how to deal with rising damp here.
Mould and mildew can often be a problem in houses that have naturally high humidity levels, like those near the coast or beside a lake. The moisture levels in the air can increase during long periods of unpleasant weather, and if mould spores get into your property it can lead to patches appearing.
Once the pre-existing mould has dried out you should be able to remove it with a specialist mould removal product or employ the services of specialist mould removal firm to do it for you.
You need to be especially careful when dealing with black mould. Black mould is a dangerous fungus also knows as Stachybotrys Chartarum and has long been the curse of homeowners, appearing not just in bathrooms, but in bedrooms, behind furniture, around windows and even on floors and clothes.
Far from just being an aesthetic problem, studies have shown that mould is bad for your health, causing headaches, breathing problems and even triggering asthma. Fighting back against the problem as soon as it rears its head is, therefore, imperative.
If you do have black mould growing or starting to grow in any areas of your home, get rid of it immediately and then get rid of the source of moisture.
There is no one cure for mould due to the variety and level of severity the mould is and some require professional removal. For example if you have a problem with toxic mould, then you need to seek professional treatment in order to ensure that your home is a safe environment for you and your family.
If you find a colony of toxic mould, it is very important that you do not disturb it. Touching or moving the mould can cause an enormous amount of harmful spores to be released in the air, to the detriment of you and the people you share your home with.
In this instance it is imperative that you seek a mould specialist as soon as possible and even consider staying in alternative accommodation.
For a short-term solution you can tackle the mould and nasty marks on your walls with bleach. If you do wish to try this tactic remember to wear thick clothes (you don't mind getting ruined), rubber gloves and a face guard as both the mould and bleach fumes can be dangerous to inhale.
Bleach can be an effective cleaner. The chlorine in bleach is highly potent and powerful in attacking the proteins making up the mould spores, killing them and other microbes. Without doubt, it's a highly effective means of getting rid of unsightly mould outbreaks and removing surrounding stains.
Three steps to remove mould-
Remember however, this is not a long term solution and you really need to tackle the cause of the mould to ensure it doesn't come back.
If your home is suffering from mould as a result of condensation dampness, it is important to understand that bleach and household products are not effective mould removal treatments.
Many also look to homemade solutions that are more natural cleaners such as vinegar or bicarbonate of soda. You can read more about these organic cleaners in our article - How To Remove Black Mould: Do Those Old Wives' Tales Really Work?
However again those methods still don't tackle the cause of the mould and therefore are not a long term solution to your mould or mildew problems. Mould doesn't just appear on the surface it goes deep into your internal walls and once you have sprayed or soaked the mould in bleach the mould continues to spread within the brickwork. Only specialist mould removal products and proper ventilation can completely remove the underlying cause of the problem.
1) Check to see if your windows are allowing rain to seep in and if the sealant around them is damaged.
2) Always make sure that you dry wet areas immediately. Wipe up spillages and make sure to dry floors and walls after you take a bath or shower.
3) There are a lot of products available to aid with mould prevention, such as mould sprays and mould prevention paint.
4) A good way to monitor humidity in your home is through a moisture meter, which can be bought from most good DIY stores. Ideally, humidity should be between 30 and 60 percent.
5) Although indoor plants improve the air quality of your home, soil and leaves also provide the perfect breeding ground for mould. Make sure you clean and move your plants around regularly, in order to prevent a build-up of mould.
6) Leaks are commonly caused by broken gutters or drainpipes. Make sure to inspect the exterior of your house regularly.
7) Finally, it is important to let air circulate through your home. Keep internal doors open as much as possible and move the furniture away from walls. Open windows on dry days to let fresh air blow into your home, which will reduce moisture and therefore help to prevent mould.
The best way to ensure you permanently get rid of your mould problems is preventing the build up of moisture in your home, by properly ventilating it at all times. Properly ventilating your home is the most effective force at keeping mould at bay. Ensuring that air continuously circulates through the building will keep condensation down so the mould cannot grow.
EnviroVent has a range of ventilation systems designed to prevent condensation and mould problems.
The units work by delivering fresh, filtered and clean air into the property, gently ventilating it, leaving you with a fresh and healthy indoor environment all year round. They are quick and easy to install, no redecoration should be required.
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