Here at Allbright Property Maintenance we speak to lots of homeowners about mould in their home. They want to know how it got there and how to get rid of it safely. In this blog post we want to answer all these questions and more so you know what to do if you spot mould in your home.
The Cause of Mould
Mould spores can survive in dry environments for months or even years. However, when the conditions are right, the mould that was dormant will start to grow. If there is a damp or dark place in your home then it is likely that mould will be thriving in this area. Water leaks and damp problems in your home can be a perfect environment for mould to grow.
The Cause of Mould on Walls
When mould spores hit a damp wall, the mould will develop on your walls. Research has seen mould begin to grow as quickly as 24 to 48 hours. Over time a small patch of mould of your wall can spread across your wall. While it can be cleaned off, for effective treatment of the mould, the source of dampness needs to be found.
The Health Risks of Mould in Your Home
If mould is left untreated in your home it can lead to serious health hazards. Breathing mould spores in can lead to respiratory ailments and respiratory infections. The breathing-in of mould spores can also lead to allergic reactions too. A common health issue, especially amongst babies, children and the elderly is asthma.
Mould from Condensation
One main source of mould can be from condensation. Condensation will occur in your home when water vapour in the air condenses on cold surfaces. This then creates the damp environment which is perfect for mould growth.
Mould from Penetrating Damp
Penetrating damp can be a source of mould in your home. This means that your walls will need to be properly sealed from the outside to protect your home from water ingress. There are products available to protect your home from penetrating damp, but we would recommend you call in an expect to look at the damp in your home and recommend a solution to remove the dampness and cause of mould
Mould from Rising Damp
If you see black mould on your walls, it is likely this is from rising damp. While the black mould can be cleaned off relatively easily, this will not be fixing the problem. The source of the dampness that has lead to the mould needs to be stopped.
Cleaning Mould from Walls
There are cleaning products and equipment out there that are ideal for cleaning mould of your walls. However, if the source of the dampness and cause of the mould is not dealt with, the mould will return time and time again.
How to Stop Mould in Your Home
Cluttered rooms can be a haven for mould growth, so try and keep clutter to a minimum. Allowing for free air flow is essential in the reduction of damp and mould. Where possible open windows to let fresh air into your home as this can help remove damp from a room. Towels and clothes drying on radiators can create damp in the room and mould can result from this too.
By keeping rooms clear and clutter-free, windows open when possible and not drying clothes in your home too frequently, you can reduce the growth of mould in your home.
However, if you have seen mould in your home and it is getting worse or keeps returning, call our team. We can come and review the mould in your home, let you know the cause and how it can be dealt with. Our advice will be honest and we can then recommend the steps you should take to remove the mould from your home.
The longer the mould is left, the worse the health risks can be for you and your family. The mould can also cause serious structural damage to your home if it is not dealt with.