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Safeguarding Your Property and Health from Mould



how to protect your property and health from mould


It might seem a trivial problem that you can easily scratch off or paint over and forget about it. 


Except it is not. 




How Moulds Affect Your Health 


How Moulds Affect Your Health 

How moulds affect people may vary greatly. Some people may not show any tangible symptoms. On the other hand, exposure to moulds may pose an extremely serious danger to some other people such as a stuffy nose, wheezing, red or itchy eyes, or skin. Individuals prone to allergies often have heightened sensitivity to moulds. People with compromised immune systems or underlying lung conditions are particularly vulnerable to fungal infections. Severe reactions commonly occur among workers exposed to large amounts of moulds in occupational settings, such as farmers working around mouldy hay. 

In 2004, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) established a strong connection between indoor mould exposure and various health issues. These included upper respiratory tract symptoms, coughing, and wheezing in otherwise healthy individuals. Moreover, individuals with asthma experienced heightened asthma symptoms due to mould exposure. 


 


Your Property Suffers from Moulds 


Your Property Suffers from Moulds 

Mould growth can lead to gradual structural deterioration. If left unaddressed, spores flourish in damp, humid environments. It spreads rapidly and causes permanent harm to building materials. Once structural elements like wood walls and drywall are compromised, repairs become costly and sometimes unattainable. Extreme cases of mould infestation often require extensive renovations and demolition. 

Mould can release a persistent musty odour too. In order to effectively eliminate these odours, it is a must to address the underlying mould problem to prevent its continual growth and spread. In addition, the presence of visible mould not only detracts from aesthetics but also poses risks to fibers and surfaces. It has the potential to cause stains and therefore, require complex repair procedures. 

 



Difference Between Mold and Mildew 


Difference Between Mold and Mildew 

Mould and mildew are fungus brothers, yet they differ significantly in appearance and impact on your surroundings. They thrive in moist, warm spots and can colonize various surfaces. Moreover, both can pose health risks, particularly for individuals with preexisting respiratory conditions. 

While mold and mildew share commonalities, they display clear differences in size, color, and texture. Mildew typically appears as gray or white patches on damp surfaces. They can be easily removed using commercial cleaning agents and a bit of scrubbing. 

Mould, on the other hand, has a spectrum of colours, spanning from black to green. Its appearance can be described as fuzzy and it may even have a slimy texture. Mould spores often require more than just surface cleaning to eliminate effectively. 




How to Prevent Mould 

 

How to Prevent Mould 

Preventing mould is easiest when caught early. At the same time, staying alert to signs of growth is equally important. Follow the suggestions below to prevent mould in your property: 

 


  • Use fans and vents to improve air circulation, particularly in areas prone to high humidity 

  • Keep humidity levels below 50% by running dehumidifiers in damp spaces. 

  • Turn off humidifiers if condensation accumulates on windows to prevent excessive moisture. 

  • Clean dehumidifiers and humidifiers regularly, preferably weekly. 

  • Consider replacing carpets with washable area rugs or applying a vapor barrier over concrete floors to prevent moisture buildup. 

  • Monitor for abrupt changes in water pressure, which may indicate underlying leaks. 

  • Monitor for leaks. Examine accessible pipes in basements and keep an eye out for water stains on ceilings in finished basement areas.? Watch out for water stains on your ceiling. 


 

Note that mould growth can be most pronounced within the initial 24–72 hours. If you catch any signs of mold growth, don't wait and act right away to prevent further damage. 

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