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Basic Facts about Mould
To start off: We would like to inform you about the basic facts about mould, how and where mould and fungus can grow in your home and how you can protect yourself from mould growth in the first place.
If you do think you may have a mould problem it is always best to call a certified inspector to get it investigated and tested.
Mould, dampness and condensation have close links between them. By knowing the basic facts about all three of them, you can treat mould more effectively manage and eradicate it from your home.
First, the facts about mould.
The spores of mould are everywhere. They are in the air and pose a constant threat to human health and the appearance of homes. Mould is a type of fungus. There are more than 150,000 varieties. Some are furry and have a musty smell. Others have the consistency of powder and emit a stale odor. The type of mould you often find in and around your home is black and slimy.
Unlike plants, mould doesn’t need sunlight and earth to grow. Instead it requires air, water and organic food. This food could be wood, paper or the cellulose in paints and plastics.
You may have an allergy to mould. The usual symptoms are a runny nose, congestion, a cough or difficulty breathing. If you already have these problems, the presence of mould can make them worse.
The most relevant fact about damp is the environment it creates. This is ideal for mould growth.
Damp is common in many homes, especially older ones in need of repair. The causes of moisture intrusion are:
1. Blocked gutters, causing rain to run down and soak your walls
2. Moisture from the ground seeping in through the foundation of your home
3. Broken or missing roof tiles and shingles, allowing rain to come indoors
4. Water spills in kitchens and bathrooms
5. Leaks in pipes, drainage systems and overflows
6. Badly-fitting doors and windows
7. Broken Sump pumps that cause flooding
The facts about condensation have a connection to those of damp because they involve water. However, unlike damp, the water is from moisture in the air.
During the course of one day, for example, you can create around 20 pints of moisture at home by cooking, washing dishes, taking a shower or bath and drying your clothes.
Even if you do none of these things, you still create moisture simply by being in your home. Two people asleep for eight hours create between one and two pints.
The problem with such moisture is the amount in the air. Once the air reaches saturation point, the moisture condenses on cold surfaces, forms into drops of water and gathers in pools. Mould spores seek out these pools of moisture.
To deal with mould, you must also eliminate dampness and condensation. Your mould inspector will give you tips on how to effectively eliminate, remove and prevent mould from growing.
Once you find and eliminate the mould the next step is to correct the causes of dampness. Sometimes these are obvious. Rain coming through a crack in a window, for instance, could cause mould on the pane and surrounding wall.
However, finding the source of damp isn’t always straightforward. A certified mould inspector will of course, check the damp area, roof and wall cavities of your home.
Finally, you have to control condensation. The easiest approach is to keep your home properly ventilated, allowing moisture to escape outside. Use the fans in your kitchen and bathroom. And when possible, dry clothes outside or in the dryer.
When it comes to mould, prevention is better than cure. A well-maintained and ventilated home is less likely to suffer from mould-related problems.
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