Understanding And Controlling Home Mould Problems

Whether the climate is becoming more moist or your property falls victim to a liquid leak, it doesn't take long for mould to begin gripping the walls, floors and inner cavities of a building's structure. Health risks range from slight noise discomfort to severe breathing problems that often makes mould more expensive to ignore than to fix. If you're noticing some unexplained allergy or cold-like symptoms or see the growth beginning, take the time to understand mould and your options for getting it under control.

Why Is Mould A Problem?

Mould is more than just a cosmetic issue. It's an indicator of an already existent problem: moisture that has built up to levels high enough to allow organic growth. Along with mould, bacteria can begin to fester if left unchecked.

One of the most important mould concerns is the impact on physical health. Mould spores can illicit nasal congestion and cause breathing problems in the average person, as the spores can become thick enough to saturate the air to the point of becoming a choking hazard. Inhaled mould can also begin to grow within nasal and lung cavities when inhaled, which can create significant breathing problems.

These issues are amplified in people with allergies to certain airborne allergens such as pollen or animal dander, and are a severe danger for people with fungus allergies. Reactions can range from violent sneezing and watery eyes to severe breathing difficulty and even shock from the allergic reaction.

People without allergies may barely notice the problem. In some cases, entire office buildings have gone about their daily business while dealing with mould infestation by writing the reactions off to slow days or hot summers making them tired. If you work in a place that seems to be a little more difficult to breathe or maintain concentration in, testing for mould growth can save a lot of lives and medical bills.

There are also structural dangers to mould infestation. Moisture is already detrimental to many types of wood and insulation materials, but if mould is able to stay in place for significant amounts of time, even more moisture can build up in specific places. Wood and similar materials are generally resistant to mould damage caused by moisture, but if the materials aren't able to dry because of a constantly damp environment, structural weakness can follow. Continued infestation can lead to rot and reduced structural integrity, which may mean that you'll have to replace a few support beams or walls in the near future.

Controlling Mould By Pinpointing The Cause

Mould tends to grow in dark, damp places and can be devastatingly rampant indoors. With lots of corners, ledges and internal cavities offering dark spaces, the only thing mould needs is a supply of moisture.

Looking for building leaks is one of the first steps to take. You need to find out if rainwater is entering the building or if there is a water pipe leak in the area. Water pipe leakage can be difficult, as the actual leak can send water to different areas as drops flow down the pipes or in different directions.

If you live near natural water sources or in an especially humid climate, you'll need to repair any openings that could have been created over time. A general contractor may be necessary to repair walls or seal interior leaks. Contact a mould removal specialist to survey your building for potential mould problems.

For more information, contact mould remediation services from Clean Air Services Inc. or a similar company.