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26 Mar Overcoming mould in your home

Overcoming mould in your home

The recent wet weather comes as welcomed relief from the looong, hot Summer that we’ve all endured. With that being said we become complacent and because of the lack of rain, maintenance of gutters and roofs etc gets missed and it’s not until a storm has blown through that makes us remember to take action due to our unit or house suffering from internal water damage.

If water damage does occur, many of us don’t realise the importance of drying the affected areas and if left untreated the early signs of mould can begin. Mould growth can commence within 48 hours of the building experiencing water damage/dampness/elevated moisture and can spread rapidly if the situation is not addressed. Mould can grow almost everywhere and, on any surface, providing moisture is present. Thus, the best method of prevention is to reduce the amount of moisture.

If mould is left untreated, exposure to elevated levels can result in a variety of adverse health effects. Mould can access our bodies through contact with skin/eyes, ingestion and inhalation. There is always an underlying reason for mould growth, so when you notice mould appearing in your home, don’t leave it, letting it silently spread. Catch mould as soon as it starts to appear. Don’t let it grow old and take hold!

While there are plenty of online tips and tricks to preventing and removing mould from your house, we share the following tips from Choice on preventing mould from invading your home:

1. Fix any external entry points for moisture in your home, for example, a leaky roof or broken pipes.

2. Install a good exhaust fan in the bathroom and prevent moisture build-up on surfaces. Squeegee or towel-dry your tiles and floors immediately after showering, and make sure you clean bathroom scum, which mould feeds on.Ventilate your home. Inadequate ventilation is one of the main reasons homes become vulnerable to mould growth. When the air stops moving, you can get a build-up of humidity and moisture in those areas.

3. Avoid air drying clothes indoors, especially without adequate ventilation.

4. Be careful about extreme differences in heat between indoors and outdoors (for example, having super cold air conditioning when it’s 40°C outside) as condensation will form if there’s a gap in the window or you open the door.

5. Make informed heating and cooling choices – several experts we consulted warned against the use of unflued gas heaters, which release moisture into the air.

6. Mould needs organic matter – such as dust or dead skin cells – to thrive, so it’s important to keep up with regular vacuuming and dusting.

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