As you may know, mould spores are everywhere and in constant circulation. You'll find them in every home if you conduct certain tests, but usually, you don't need to worry unless they find a source of abundant moisture. However, what should you do next if you suddenly discover the visible presence of mould in any part of your home?
Conditions For Growth
Whenever mould spores encounter warm and damp areas, they will thrive. They can also grow on virtually any type of organic surface if the conditions are right, so you should always be on the lookout in suspect areas.
Inspect The Vulnerable Areas
Some of the most vulnerable spots within your home may be the utility cupboard where you keep your hot water tank or washer/dryer. These places tend to be rather small, dark and humid and should be very well-ventilated to avoid any problems.
Clearly, the kitchen and bathroom are also vulnerable areas due to the constant presence of water, high temperatures and humidity. Again, try to ensure that these rooms are well-ventilated and cleaned carefully as often as possible.
Categories And Species
When it comes to the mould itself, there are several different categories. These have Latin names such as Penicillium or Stachybotrys, and within each category are many different individual species. It's almost impossible to tell the category or species by looking at the outbreak, but they all tend to have a range of harmful qualities. Certainly, some can be more dangerous than others, especially the "black" mould category. If you get a water leak in your utility room and it affects the gypsum board or drywall, you may see an extensive outbreak there.
Be Aware Of The Risks
Unfortunately, some of these mould species are associated with severe illness and often in younger children. If you have anyone with compromised immunity on the property, they could be very susceptible to illness.
Service Your A/C
If you have an air conditioning system, make sure that it is always in good condition and regularly serviced. This may help regulate temperature and humidity in the property and reduce the risk of an outbreak.
Consult The Professionals
Always keep an eye out for issues and if you encounter a mould outbreak, get in touch with a professional mould removal service. They will not just clean the mould but also ensure that it is correctly removed and give you further advice to avoid a repeat.