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How ventilation systems reduce the causes of mould

How ventilation systems reduce the causes of mould

In addition to being unattractive, mould in a home can be dangerous for the health of the occupants. Stachybotrys Chartarum, commonly known as toxic black mould, is a common mould that produces toxic spores that can cause severe allergic reactions and harm individuals who already have underlying medical conditions like asthma.

Any home experiencing mould problems should be dealt with right away, but if the underlying cause is not dealt with, the mould will just return and leave spreading spots on the walls and ceilings.

What causes mould to grow

Mould grows in moist conditions and proliferates in the permeable walls of our homes, where it creates enormous colonies that serve as dust mite havens.

In UK homes, condensation is the most common cause of moist patches, which provide the perfect environment for mould growth.

When a surface becomes sufficiently moist, mould can start to grow on it. If mould is not properly treated, it can reappear because the spores it grows from can linger in the air for a very long period before becoming active.

How mould is removed

Mould removal is a quick and easy process, but you should use goggles and a mask to protect your eyes while you remove the mould to avoid breathing in any spores. The mould can be prevented from forming by cleaning the area with a fungicide or even white wine vinegar, but it will swiftly return if the underlying moist conditions persist.

To eradicate mould permanently, you will need to reduce the spore-attracting atmosphere in your home.

The best way to prevent mould permanently

Eliminating the necessary moisture is the only way to prevent the growth of mould in your house. Usually, this entails decreasing condensation.

Whenever moist air collides with cold surfaces, condensation problems arise.  By improving ventilation, which allows air to move more freely around the structure and keeps it from becoming saturated and trapped in one area where it has time to release its moisture, it can be decreased.

Condensation may be reduced with the use of simple extractor fans. Typically, fans are installed in wet areas such as kitchens and bathrooms to evacuate the moisture created by cooking or bathing directly out of the structure. Modern EnviroVent extractor fans include technology that allows them to adapt to changes in humidity by increasing airflow and removing damp air faster.

The disadvantage of extractor fans is that they can only be used in a single room.

A complete house ventilation system such as a Positive Input Ventilation System (PIV) is an alternative that can prevent condensation build-up throughout the remainder of the house. These systems use a centralised pump to help air flow into and out of all the building's rooms, preventing condensation from forming damp.

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Whether you are concerned about the health risk of mould in your home, or the effect it can have on the building itself, it is important to remove mould as quickly as possible and take action to prevent it coming back.

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  • check Assess any condensation, damp or mould problems in your property
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