How to Stop Mould from Wreaking Havoc on Your Family’s Health

Although mould has some benefit – such as production of penicillin – these organisms can wreak havoc on your family’s health. Mould can spread rather easily in the Sydney environment, and persist in areas like carpets, tablets, cabinets, and chairs. These organisms also grow in areas we don’t usually see, like the back of the gyprock, ceiling tiles, pipes, attic, roof cavities and sub floor areas.

The good news is that you can control the growth of mould, and prevent it from escalating. Below are some tips for controlling mould growth.

Prevent Moisture

Moisture is critical to the growth of mould – without it these organisms won’t grow. You should immediately dry wet areas to prevent moisture from becoming a breeding ground for mould. This is can be easier said than done in Sydney.

Showers create litres of condensation every day, dry the walls and floor after taking a shower and ventilate the room. Avoid leaving wet clothes in the bathroom or washing machine – instead, hang your clothes to dry. Dry spills on the living room carpet right away.

Check for leaks in pipes that may cause dampness in your kitchen or bathroom. In case of floods, get rid of carpets, bedding and pieces of furniture that cannot be dried completely.

Moisture can also be prevented with proper ventilation. Too much moisture in the sub floor can cause dampness, rotting of wood and unpleasant household odours.  The installation of a sub floor ventilation system can prevent excessive moisture in the sub floor. A well-designed sub floor ventilation system removes ground moisture. After a heavy rainfall, check to make sure your sub floor is dry within 24 to 48 hours. If it’s taking longer, consider if you need better drainage or ventilation.

Winter is the prime time for condensation on your glass and even walls at times. Make sure you open your blinds in the morning to allow air flow behind them. Open windows during the day to stop any mould growth on your windows. As with most mould issues, one of the best preventative measures is natural ventilation.

Monitor Humidity

It’s easy to measure humidity – you can purchase a moisture meter online or from a local hardware store.

Even if you don’t have one, you can usually tell when you open up your home after it’s been closed for a day or two. Does it have a damp musty smell? If you have asthma you will feel it as soon as you enter a home with high humidity. If this describes your home, you’ll need to find the source of the moisture before it affects your health, or your home.

Other tips to remember in keeping your home free from mould is to regularly clean the roof gutters of your home. Having your roof gutters regularly cleaned and examined for damage can prevent leaks and the growth of mould in your house.

Indoor plants are beautiful, but are they growing mould inside your home? Mould loves indoor plants. Putting Taheebo tea into the water that you use in watering your houseplants can hinder the growth of mould in plant soil.

If you are having issues with musty smells and re-occurring mould, give us a call! We can inspect your home for free and will make some recommendations on how to remove mould and prevent it from spreading further.

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