Mould is a real problem for homeowners and tenants in Australia and elsewhere around the world. How does it enter the home? What can be done about it? Damp and mould can be dealt with and controlled, but it’s always helpful to know a few things about it before getting to work. Here’s what you need to know:
Mould is a Fungal Growth
Fungi are unique in that they prefer damp environments to sunny, well-ventilated ones. Fungal spores can be found both indoors and outdoors, but they tend to be found in poorly ventilated homes on the walls. Common places to find mould include kitchens and bathrooms (including in tile and grout) as well as in carpets and floors after flooding.
It’s easy to spot at times, such as when it’s a patchy black or green on the walls. Often, however, it isn’t easy to spot at all. Grey, brown, or even orange patches can sometimes be found in places you may not be looking at every day.
Mould is Dangerous
You’ve likely already heard about the dangers of mould, but it bears mentioning just how dangerous it really can be. For those suffering from chronic respiratory illnesses such as asthma, symptoms may be triggered and asthma attacks may happen more frequently. Furthermore, allergies may be felt more acutely with exposure to mould.
Since mould enters the respiratory system, it doesn’t matter if one touches it or not, it poses a threat no matter where it’s found in the home. The best way to improve health within the home is to eliminate the mould at its source.
Mould Needs to Breathe to Thrive
If mould is already in your home, it is going to grow and fester if it isn’t controlled. Moisture and damp will encourage spores to grow, so provide as dry and well-ventilated an environment as possible to discourage its growth.
The simplest method of controlling mould growth is to open windows and doors and to promote sufficient ventilation in the home. Dehumidifiers may also help to reduce moisture in the home. Of course, the best method is to eliminate the mould entirely.
Flooded Carpets Attract Mould
Whenever flooding occurs, it’s important to assess the situation carefully. Carpets and floors can sustain some damage from water, but prolonged exposure from grey water will most certainly result in plenty of mould growing deep within.
Although mould may not always be easy to identify in a carpet, it can be detected by a musky, foul odour emanating from the carpet. If your carpet has been subjected to flooding, it’s best to contact a flood damage specialist such as Electrovac to ensure that the carpet’s mould is under control and to repair or replace damaged carpet.
What About Bleach and Vinegar?
Chlorine bleach and white vinegar are often touted as solutions to mould. While effective, there are downsides as well. Bleach is best used on non-porous surfaces, such as walls and floors. This makes it ineffective at thoroughly killing mould that’s embedded deep in furniture or carpets. Moreover, bleach inhalation can also be dangerous and ineffective, especially if the bleach is old and has lost much of its chlorine content.
Similarly, vinegar can be effective at dealing with small mould patches around the home but it may not be the best option for dealing with flooded carpets. In these cases, it’s best to contact a professional.
Kick Out Mould with Electrovac
Don’t take your chances with mould around the home. Contact Electrovac to have your carpets repaired or replaced in the event of flooding. Our experts can safely remove and dispose of mouldy carpets and improve the air quality in your home with clean carpet.