At Mould Pro, we deal with Mould problems every day. As a property owner it is completely common that you may have questions on mould – whether you actually do have a problem, where to look, and what to do about it. Mould is a common occurrence where there is excess water and moisture. Here is our most common questions and answers on mould:
Q: What is mould?
A: Mould is a microscopic fungus that is part of the natural environment and necessary for our ecosystem. Mould produces spores as part of its lifecycle, and the spores float and spread through the air, both inside and outside your property.
Q: How quickly can mould grow?
In the right conditions mould can begin to grow in as little as 24-48 hours.
Q: What does mould need to grow?
A: Mould needs a moist environment, the right temperatures and a food source, which could be leaves, paper, dirt, wood, or other porous building materials. Mould is more likely to be found in damp, dusty spaces or areas with stagnant air and low ventilation.
Q: Why would mould cause a problem?
A: Many people do not know that mould can cause serious structural damage to a property, which, if left untreated, can lower the property value and cause the owner the cost of significant repairs. Plus if you have ever suffered from allergies, exposure to moulds can often cause nasal issues, eye irritation, wheezing, skin irritation or in rarer cases more severe reactions.
Q: How can I tell if I have a mould problem?
A: If you see mould growth, water stains, mouldy or “dusty” looking clothes, then a professional mould assessment can help identify related fungal activity. You can also look for areas where water leakage has occurred, such as roofs, pipes, ceilings or walls. Musty dank smells may also indicate the presence of mould within your property.
Q: I have read that some moulds have are more dangerous than others. Is identifying the type of mould important?
A: You may have read terms like “toxic mould”, “green mould” and “black mold” used to refer to different types of moulds. When it comes to the different types of mould, it doesn’t affect the course of action taken to remediate it. If mould is present we strongly recommend that it be removed, no matter what type it is.
Q: What can I do to prevent mould growth within my home?
A: The most effective ways to keep the mould under control include keeping the humidity level of your home down to an acceptable level. You can make use an air conditioner or dehumidifier during the humid months and in damp spaces. Always utilise exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens, along with dryer vents for the laundry outside your home. A good subfloor or roof ventilation system is also a great idea. If there are leaks in your roof, walls or plumbing, it is important to have them repaired by a professional as soon as possible.
Q: At what point does a mould problem need to be handled by a professional?
A: Most experts recommend a professional mould remediation company when elevated mould levels are detected. Though if you are not sure, it is best to consult a specialist for an assessment in order to isolate and treat mould-affected areas before mould spreads and grows.
Q: Would my home insurance cover mould ?
A: Home insurance will usually pay for mould damage that is a direct result of sudden and accidental water flooding. For example, if a pipe bursts mould growth results, the damage should be covered because the source of the water is covered by the insurance policy – Although this does depend on each individual policy and your insurance provider. Mould resulting from humidity or slow leaks that could have been prevented by routine home maintenance is not usually covered by your home insurance.
If you have a mould problem, we would love to assist you. Mould Pro specialists are trained to assess the problem and determine a solution that works for your individual property. Contact us to discuss today.