Mould is a fungus, which reproduces through expelling microscopic spores into the atmosphere. When they land in a damp environment, they start growing and spreading can cause rot. Mould is often found in moist environments like kitchens, attics, bathrooms, basements, and crawl spaces. Not only is mould unsightly, but it can result in ongoing health issues such as respiratory distress or property damage. Once you notice signs of mould in your home, you must take swift action for removal or remediation.
How To Get Rid Of Mould
There are various types of mould, and subsequently, numerous ways of removing mould. The best solution would be contingent on the kind of mould you are encountering, the surface where it presented itself, and the extent to which it has spread. More severe mould issues are best handled by an expert contractor or mould remediation specialist. Mould can be removed from your house by eliminating carpeting or rotten boards, but it can never be complete eradication. This is why disposing of it is often referred to as mould remediation. The best course of action is to take care of the problem swiftly to help mitigate the extent of the issue.
Different Types Of Mould
Mould presents itself in various forms, and there are tens of thousands of kinds of moulds. Many are deemed harmless, and mould plays a detrimental role by breaking down dead plants, leaves, and trees in your home. Harmful types can cause respiratory distress, presenting itself in symptoms like wheezing and stuffy noses. For those who have asthma or are allergic to mould, will experience the symptoms more intensely. While mould is mostly identified through sight, high concentrations can emit a musty scent. As soon as you notice any visible signs of mould, it is essential to have a mould inspection done as quickly as possible to assess the extent of the problem and to identify the type of mould you have.
Regularly found in leaky sinks, tubs, and showers and in homes that suffered flooding or any other form of damage. It can lead to asthma-like symptoms in your upper respiratory tract and has a velvety texture with brown or dark green hair.
Found on painted wooden surfaces or behind wallpaper. It has a brown, pink or black hue and turns to dark brown when it ages. This type can lead to skin, eye, and nail infections.
Stachybotrys (Black Mould)
Commonly found in organic materials such as hay, wood, and cardboard. This type is referred to as toxic mould since it emits mycotoxins that can result in medical problems, including sinusitis, headache, difficulty breathing, fatigue, a persistent cough, fever, burning sensation in your airways, nosebleeds and even depression. It has a dark green or black appearance.
Often found in bathrooms, basements, and kitchens or areas in the home with high levels of condensation or where water damage occurred. It is also black and can cause harsh reactions that include skin infections, difficulty breathing, and hay fever.
While it is called mould, just like the other types, this is actually bacteria. It is found in bathrooms, particularly shower tiles, on the doors and in the grout. It has a slimy pink appearance and feeds on shampoo residue and soap scum. While it’s generally not harmless, it can lead to infections when it gets in an open wound or your eye and urinary tract infections.