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What are moulds?

Moulds are naturally occurring micro-organisms (fungi) that:

  • Produce tiny, light-weight spores that travel through the air
  • Grow best in warm, damp, humid conditions
  • Can be detected indoors and outdoors
  • Affect indoor air quality

Mould come in different colours depending on the:

  • Type of mould
  • Conditions under which the mould forms
  • Nutrient source
  • Age of the mould

Mould in Your Home

Moulds prefer damp, warm environments, and can grow wherever the conditions are right e.g. on walls, floors, appliances, carpet, furniture, clothes, and shoes. They come in different colours depending on the type, formative conditions, nutrient source, and age. Mould colours include:

  • Black
  • Grey
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Pink
  • Yellow

In spite of their colour, mould can make you sick.

Moulds Can Make You Sick!!!

Moulds produce mycotoxins that can be harmful to your health. Moulds thrive in wet or humid conditions such as bathrooms, laundry rooms, shower cubicles, and also appear following a burst pipe or flooding.

They are often a dark, greenish-black, sometimes grey colour with a distinct musty odour. These toxins can be dangerous, especially for vulnerable groups, especially those with pre-existing respiratory conditions including:

  • Children
  • Senior citizens
  • Individuals with asthma, COPD, hay fever etc.

Symptoms of Mould Exposure

  • Anxiety
  • Asthma
  • Depression
  • General fatigue and lethargy
  • Memory loss
  • Frequent chest cold
  • Itchy skin or eyes
  • Numbness in hands and feet
  • Nosebleeds
  • Persistent headaches
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sinus infection
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Unexplained weight gain

How to Prevent Mould Contamination in Your Home

Persons can prevent or minimise mould contamination by:

  • Regularly clean any areas that mould is likely to grow, such as bathrooms, showers, and damp rooms.
  • Use a dehumidifier to reduce the amount of moisture in the air, particularly in areas where damp is a problem.
  • Keep all walls and surfaces dry.
  • Keep rooms dry and well ventilated during chilly or wet weather.
  • Fit and use exhaust fans in damp areas, such as bathrooms and kitchens, and avoid putting carpets or rugs in these rooms.
  • Check pipes, gutters, and air conditioners regularly to avoid potential leaks and water damage.
  • Clean and vacuum regularly incl. carpets and rugs
  • Clean air conditioning vents and regularly service air conditioning units

Commercial Mould Contamination

Mould can spread quickly through a building if left untreated, and cause widespread contamination. Mould contamination can have serious, expensive consequences to your business operations leading to:

  • Loss of revenue
  • Major business disruption
  • Serious health risk for persons’ exposed

Commercial mould contamination can start from minor water intrusions like a slow roof leak or loose plumbing fitting. We respond quickly and use environmentally friendly methods to control mould contamination and help prevent the spread of mould to other parts of the building.

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