Mould is a tricky issue that can suddenly appear within any room in your home. Especially living in the sunshine state, Queensland homes are more susceptible to a mould infestation due to warm, humid weather that the state experience all year round. When mould appears in your home it doesn’t only have a negative impact on the visual appearance of the space but can also have terrible effects on the structural integrity of your property. However, there’s no need to fret. Today we are going through the mould removal process and ways you eliminate mould for good.
What is Mould?
So, we’ve all seen mould before but what actually is the small dark greens spots growing in your home? Mould is a type of fungi that are naturally occurring organisms and can grow virtually grow anywhere in both indoor and outdoor spaces. Mould growth can occur on a variety of items, including:
Mould can begin growing in as little as 24 hours and loves to inhabit spaces that are damp and poorly ventilated. It reproduces by making spores that then travel to other areas and attach themselves to new surfaces. These spores reach new areas through the air, by water or even by attaching themselves to animals.
Why is Mould Removal Important?
Mould removal is imperative not only because it looks unsightly in your home, but it can also be extremely harmful for those who live in the space and also be an indicator of other issues in the property. Mould produces allergens which are substances that are classified are irritants and can cause allergic reactions. In some cases, mould even produces toxic substances. When inhaling mould, it can leave people with symptoms such as:
- A runny nose
- Red eyes
- Skin rashes like what occurs as a result of an allergic reaction
Once the mould is inhaled, aside from experiencing adverse reactions, it makes the simple task of breathing difficult. When the mould spores enter the lungs, they become inflamed as a result of trying to fight the mould spores. This causes the airways to contract as they try to rid the foreign object making it increasingly difficult to breathe.
Safety Precautions for Mould Removal
Before getting underway with mould removal or even simple prevention measures, it’s important that if you’re doing it yourself that you use the correct safety precautions. Mould is very dangerous and needs to be handled correctly to prevent any adverse health effects as well as the chemicals that are often used for mould removal. Our top tips to ensure a safe environment for the process are:
- Use old clothes to prevent any permanent damage
- Gloves and protective eyewear are a must.
- Wear a protective mask to prevent mould from entering your lungs or fumes from chemicals
- Create ventilation in the room by using exhaust fans and opening doors and windows
- Wash clothes separately to others once finished with the process
It’s also recommended that anyone with pre-existing lung conditions such as asthma should never try removing mould at home, even if it’s only a small amount. If this, is you, reach out to our team today to see how we can assist you. If you do have a lung condition but aren’t completing the removal, it’s best if you leave the environment while the mould removal is happening to prevent any pre-existing conditions from being aggravated.
Before reading about our top tips for mould removal, it’s important to remember that these are only ideal for removing a minimal amount of mould or as a prevention method. For serious mould infestations, it’s important to have professionals take care of the issue to ensure it is handled correctly, and no permanent damage has been done. If this sounds like you, you can contact us today.
1. Check for Leaks
To avoid having to go through an entire mould removal process, it is ideal to prevent mould from occurring in the first place. Checking areas that are common for leaks such as your roof and ceilings helps prevent water from pooling and aiding mould growth. It’s also important to frequently check for blocked gutters and downpipes to ensure water isn’t pooling outside your property and providing the perfect conditions for mould growth.
2. Prevent Damp Areas
Another way to avoid the mould removal process altogether is to prevent dampness lingering in your home. Particular rooms within your home are more susceptible to mould growth in comparison to others, for example, your kitchen, bathrooms and areas used to dry clothing. The easiest way to help prevent these areas from being consistently damp is by opening a window or using an exhaust fan to ventilate the space and clear any moisture as quickly as possible.
3. Home Mould Removal Solutions
When searching for mould removal tips you’re frequently inundated with a large amount of home mould removal solutions. These solutions usually involve ingredients such as vinegar as are used to eliminate mould from your home. Home remedies are perfect to incorporate into your cleaning routine ad a method of prevention. For mould removal, these solutions may work for a small amount of mould but if you want to ensure it is removed correctly and safely it is best to reach out to professionals.
4. Professional Mould Removal Company
The best option for mould removal is contacting an expert in the field. It may not initially sound like the most cost-effective option but after investing excess money and time into trying to remove the mould yourself, you’ll be wishing you hired some experts instead. At South QLD Restoration we have years of experience removing mould and can help eliminate small amounts of mould to large infestations throughout entire properties. We also simplify the entire process for you by helping complete insurance reports, so you have everything you need when you need it.
Don’t wait until it’s too late, contact us today to get your mould under control today!