Addressing Mould within the home

While it may not always be obvious, Ireland's damp and humid climate has many advantages. Some of the most obvious is our lush vegetation and nutrient-dense soil.

This fertile land means Irish produce is of the best in the world. Also, since the vast majority of Irish cattle are grass-fed, we produce some of the world's best dairy products. Irish beef and lamb are sought in Michelin star kitchens the world over. So, while we often complain about our 150 to 225 rainy days a year, this weather creates some of the world's best food. Unfortunately, the same weather that produces Ireland's famously green fields is also the perfect conditions for mould growth.

From a townhouse to a detached country bungalow, mould growth is all but inevitable.

Around window panes, especially in moisture-rich environments like bathrooms and kitchens, a few specks of mould are almost always present. The fact that mould growth is so widespread can make us somewhat complacent. This complacency is a mistake. Mould can have seriously detrimental effects on a person's health. People with respiratory issues such as asthmatics may be particularly susceptible to the adverse health effects of mould growth. Therefore any mould needs to be dealt with immediately. In this blog, we’ll explore some aspects of mould, including how it enters a property and how best to deal with it.

How does mould get into a property?

Mould spores float free in the air. They can attach themselves to any damp surface. Suppose the room is particularly humid, and the air isn't circulating. In that case, the mould can begin to grow exponentially. A variety of different mould types can sprout. These can include benign spores along with much more severe types. Mycotoxin Stachybotrys or black mould can significantly damage a person's health. In 2009, the actress Brittany Murphy died due to the presence of Mycotoxin Stachybotrys in her Los Angeles mansion. Black mould often grows on surfaces like wallpaper, plaster, and sometimes carpets. It's most commonly identified in high corners, around windows within moisture-rich rooms like kitchens and bathrooms.

How to Tackle Mould

It's essential to remember that even a tiny amount of mould is symptomatic of a ventilation and moisture problem. However, small amounts of mould, say smaller than 1 square metre, can be tackled with over-the-counter cleaners and by making a few changes around the home.

The mould needs to be cleaned off. Anyone with respiratory issues should not be cleaning mould as being close to mould can exacerbate pre-existing conditions. You should wear a protective mask and rubber gloves when cleaning the mould. Use a mould removal spray. Leave the spray on for as long as the manufacturer recommends. Then wipe off the mould with a towel. Avoid scraping or brushing, as this will release spores.

After the cleaning, dry the wall with a clean rag. All the tools used to clean the mould should then be disposed of.

Afterwards, make sure air is circulating within the room. This may be as simple as making sure a window is open, or it may require the installation of a ventilation fan.

When do I need to call an expert?

If the mould is covering an area greater than 1 square metre or begins to reappear after steps like installing a ventilation fan or keeping a window open have been undertaken, you'll need to address the moisture problem. This is when you'll need to call Allied Damp Solutions. Our experts will trace where moisture is entering your property and be able to provide immediate damp proofing solutions to eradicate mould growth. We have worked in properties all over Dublin and offer the highest standard damp proofing at competitive market rates.

If you're having continuing mould problems, don't take a chance on your family's health; instead, contact our customer service agents immediately. We'll discuss how best to eradicate dampness and remove mould from your Dublin property.



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