All too often we are faced with the issue of mould in our house. Due to its look and smell we are more than keen to be rid of it by cleaning it ourselves. The only way most of us know how is with off the shelf products and good old elbow grease. But more often than not within a couple of weeks it’s back and so the cycle continues.

We talk and hear about how mould loves moist dark areas and so we ensure our bathrooms and laundry’s are well ventilated, as these are usually the first places in a house to develop concentrations of mould. But what if the problem is actually coming from outside? Mould spores are found everywhere, including outside and high concentrations of them in your yard can be the cause of them infiltrating the indoors or causing health problems in your family.

Some common areas outdoors that moulds love to grow are on timber decking, pathways and in decomposing leaves and vegetation which are often found under trees, in compost piles, uncleaned gutters and discarded lawn clippings. Attending to these areas regularly will help to reduce mould growth.

Following are a few easy steps to take to help control mould outdoors at your property:
• Keep your roof guttering in good repair to ensure storm water is directed to an appropriate outlet, not left to run down your walls or ceiling cavities.
• Ensure your gutters are regularly cleaned of any leaf debris, eliminating a food source for mould to grow and preventing backflow of stormwater.
• Ensure water drainage is diverted away from your house with the use of correct landscaping.
• Pressure wash pathways and decking and refinish where necessary on a regular basis.
• Rake and dispose of leaves dropped by trees and left to accumulate.
• Don’t leave grass clippings on your lawn after mowing, dispose of appropriately.
• Correctly manage your composting.
• Change pot plant soil if mould appears.
• Don’t water your lawn or gardens too late in the afternoon. This leaves the soil and vegetation moist and dark overnight, perfect conditions for mould growth. The best time for watering is early morning.

Mould can be the cause or trigger for many illnesses particularly in children under 12 years, infants, pregnant women, people over 65 years and people with weakened immune systems, severe allergies and asthma or lung diseases. So, it should be removed as soon as possible. Sometimes the source is easily overlooked unless you know what you are looking for. That’s why it’s important that if you have a persistent mould problem at your property to call in the professionals before too much damage is done and your loved ones put at risk. Correctly trained mould removalists will check your indoors and outdoors for all possible mould sources and advise you how to manage them.

If your property has a mould problem and is located in the Sydney, Central Coast or Newcastle areas contact the professionals at Mould Removal today on 0408 681034 or email info@mouldremoval.net.au for an obligation free quote to rid your property of potential health problems.