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What is mould?

Mould is a living organism, belonging to the fungi family. It is a complex organism, genetically distinct from bacteria, mould occurs naturally and has the ability to spread and grow, given the appropriate conditions.

Mould is distinct from many other plant-based living organisms as it is heterotrophic. Essentially this means that mould is not capable of producing it’s own food source like many plants can. Instead, mould requires nutrients from other organic matter in order to survive and grow – it’s unpleasant to imagine, but untreated mould is ‘eating’ it’s way through your home!

Although mould spores can become airborne and exist without detection, you will typially see mould appearing as a black or dark brown discolouration, once it has found a suitable location.

What conditions result in mould growth?

-Moisture
-A ‘food’ source (any organic material)
-The right temperature range, out of UV light exposure
-Spores (Reproduction)

When these conditions are suitable, mould will grow and spread unhindered. The major concern is how easy it is to satisfy these conditions in homes and work spaces, without realising it.

Where does mould occur?

There are plenty of hotspots around your home that provide the ideal habitat for mould to survive and flourish. One of the biggest concerns about mould growth in your home is that it often occurs out of sight and may go undetected for extended periods of time. Ideally you should undertake a thorough mould inspection of your property every 6 months in order to catch mould breakouts early, before the damage becomes too severe.

Here is a list of common places that mould will occur, including some areas that you might not check very often:

-Basements, cellars and garages
-Behind or kitchen sinks
-Behind or around laundry sinks
-Bathroom walls and ceiling
-Carpet and underlay (Check after spills or wet feet)
-Storage areas, particularly if there is paper
-Wall recesses
-Window sills and frames

When is the worst time for mould?

Unfortunately, mould can occur year round and cause severe damage that is difficult to treat without professional help.

Winter is typically the time where we see the spread of mould become most prevalent. This is due to a number of contributing factors, both environmental and lifestyle related. These include:

-Increased humidity levels indoors due to heating
-Less exposure to sunlight
-Drying clothes inside
-Window condensation from temperature differentials
between inside and outside
-Increased rainfall and leakages that may go unnoticed
in certain parts of the home

Although it necessary to keep an eye out for mould year round, it pays to be especially vigilant between May-September on the Eastern seaboard of Australia.

 Why does mould occur?

Quite simply, mould occurs because it is allowed to. As with any living organism, certain conditions are required for mould to survive and grow, as is the case with any living organism.

Mould & Your Health

The health and well being of you and your family is obviously a top priority and it’s important to understand how mould can impact humans and what you can do to reduce the risk.

REactions to mould depend largely on the individual, however exposure to mould spores can lead to health issues including:

-Respiratory diseases
-Vascular problems
-Skin reactions, rashes and irritation
-Digestive system disorders
-Rare cases of neurological conditions

Here are a few key things to know about mould in relation to your health, so that you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy in your own home.

Mould spores can become airborne

As with any living organism, mould has developed ways to increase it’s chances of growth and survival in nature. Just as any other plant allows it’s seeds to be carried by the wind or in the bodies of animals, mould produces invisible spores that can become airborne.

Contact with areas of growing mould can trigger allergic reactions in some people.  Mould itself is not necessarily considered toxic, but direct exposure and contact should be avoided wherever possible. The real risk is inhalation of mould spores into the respiratory system, which can cause severe adverse reactions and reduce healthy lung function.

Ongoing and repeated exposure to mould spores in the respiratory system can cause serious ilness, and in extreme cases may be fatal.

The World Health Organisation has officially released detailed guidelines about indoor air quality and the risks of mould inhalation.

This makes the effective management of mould one of the most important considerations for your household to ensure the health and safety of you and your family.

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