The risks of having mould growing in your home are far greater than you think. In fact, living in a damp/mouldy environment could affect you to the point of being bed ridden. Allergies, asthma, respiratory infections like bronchitis and pneumonia can all be caused by mould and damp. Here are 5 ways to prevent mould growing in your home
- Identifying Mould
Sure, we all have seen mould. Black and green sporey looking and just plain manky to look at! In case you don’t know what it looks like, buy fish paste open the bottle and never use it for a month after the expiry date. All caught up? Now when you start seeing the same stuff on your walls and ceilings… you have successfully identified mould
- Understanding why mould is there
We have identified it, but why is it there? Mould feeds off dust and can pretty much spread in areas that are dark, moist and even warm. Areas such as bathrooms, behind carpets, wall paper, book cases, curtains… the list is endless provided the environment for mould is suitable.
- Addressing the problem
Now that we know the environment mould grows in, we can start addressing it. Areas such as bathrooms need ventilation, if you have really small windows with insufficient lighting, no air bricks and like to take long showers and baths, getting an extractor fan installed and opening your windows for better ventilation is absolutely necessary. If your house has random patches of mould on your walls this indicates your walls are damp. Address the damp. If you have a flat roof and find mould on your ceilings you know there is a leak in the waterproofing or geyser in the roof. Once the problem areas have been addressed you can then treat the areas
If you find you have damp in your walls, damp treatment is absolutely necessary. Just putting a damp seal type of product over the damp areas is NOT treating the damp. That is simply covering the problem up. Mould will still grow behind it and eventually bubble through. It is absolutely necessary to remove the contaminated plaster and address the cause, whether its rising damp, water penetration or lateral damp. If you find mould growing on the ceilings in your bathroom as a result of condensation, ensure the area is well lit, and clear ventilation. Clean off the mould using a mould remover, or simply using a bleaching product with water and a sponge.
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