Are you concerned about removing mould in your home?
What Is Black Mould?
Identifying and removing mould is best left to the experts when possible.
Stachybotrys chartarum is a type of mould often simply referred to as “black mould” or “toxic mould”. Mould thrives in areas that are warm and moist.
Sometimes mould growth can start after an area has been wet, but not dried out completely.
Some typical black mould health symptoms include red itchy eyes, a sore throat, coughing, runny nose, nasal congestion, rashes on the skin and asthma like symptoms.
How to avoid Mould in the first place
It is always best to avoid the problems of removing mould by preventing the growth in the first place. If an area has become wet, you should clean it up as soon as possible and completely dry the area. When cleaning black mould you should always wear a face mask to avoid breathing in the disturbed spores.
Mould can’t grow in a dry environment, so quickly cleaning up the mess and drying the area will help prevent mould growth.
If mould growth is apparent, it’s best to talk with a professional who knows the correct method of removing mould.
If you can see mould, that means that the problem is probably serious enough to call an experienced mould removal specialist.
I cannot see any Mould
If the mould cannot be seen but you are having some of the health problems mentioned above and suspect the cause is mould, it’s imperative to consult a professional who will carry out a black mould inspection of the property.
Mould testing is the only way to accurately determine the species of a mould.
It is necessary to classify it into a mould group to determine if it is Toxic Black Mould (Stachybotrys) or a less harmful species.
The goal of a mould remediation specialist is to remove or clean mould-damaged materials using work practices that protect occupants by controlling the dispersion of mould from the work area.
Mould remediation, or removing mould, is the procedure by which an accredited and/or trained professional performs the removal and/or clean-up of mould from an indoor environment.
“The best remediation process is not just to perform mould removal, but also to prevent it from happening again.”
When the amount of spores in the air becomes abnormally high as ascertained by an indoor air quality testing procedure or a mould inspection, remediation is advised to be carried out as a matter of urgency by a professional mould remediation company.
The number one priority should always be your health and that of your family.
That’s why it is important to use up-to-date testing and removal equipment to efficiently deal with toxic mould from residential and commercial properties.
A good mould clean-up service will include:
-Seal and remove unsalvageable affected materials.
-Vacuum all affected surfaces whilst at the same time containing the disturbed spores.
-Treat all surfaces to kill the existing mould growth.
-Where necessary, apply an encapsulation to stop further re-growth.
-Investigate the sources of moisture and offer solutions to prevent a re-occurance.
-Coordinate with other contractors to perform any necessary other repairs.
Removing mould and improving the indoor air quality should be carried out by a fully insured and trained contractor.
A good contractor will take total responsibility for the project from start to finish.
All of their findings should be thoroughly documented and kept confidential.
It’s estimated that about 80% of modern life is lived indoors.
Indoor air quality and indoor air pollution is at least as significant an issue for home inspectors today as electric or structural problems for electricians.
While electric and structural issues can definitely be a security problem, having toxic mould in a home can easily impair the well-being of the people that live there.
For those who have weakened immune systems, the elderly or the very young, toxic mould could, very well, be deadly.
As can be seen, removing mould is not something to be taken lightly.