Mould can cause allergy symptoms in people who are already sensitive to their environments including people who have problems with asthma, allergies and immune compromised individuals. Mould remediation might be a crucial step for individuals suffering symptoms of mould allergy in the home.
Some of the main signs of mould allergies include sneezing, runny and or blocked nose, can’t stop coughing, constant phlegm in throat, postnasal drip and fatigue. Other symptoms include joint pain, asthma and even depression. Dust mites allergy may just worsen mould allergies.
Many homes provide the three things that mould needs to thrive: moisture, oxygen plus a food source. Mould spores can live in a range of places because they feed on a variety of sources including house plants, furniture, mattresses, floors, carpet, tiles – just for starters.
If you feel there is a mould problem, take appropriate steps swiftly. Mould damages what it grows on, the more time it grows for, the more damage it can cause and exacerbate allergy problems in yourself or a member of your family.
Besides mould causing the onset of many allergies and long term health problems, if left unattended, building structures are also threatened.
Step one is assessment. Are you able to visibly see patches of mould around your home? Make sure you check under carpets and moving furniture. Mould is not always visible to the naked eye as “mould spores” may become airborne.
If no mould is seen, this isn’t always a true indication of the extent of the problem. Mould will thrive in ceiling cavities, under floors, in carpets and fabrics, almost anywhere. One of the priorities is to identify the source or trigger. It may be best to employ a trained professional to conduct the assessment and perform sampling tests.
Once mould has been targeted as the problem, mould removal and remediation should start providing an instant and effective solution. Clean damp areas like basements, sub ground level rooms where mould is likely to be growing.
These areas will need to have adequate ventilation and air flow to prevent moisture problems. Contain and take away any contaminated materials or contents. Musty smelling furniture must be removed, in addition to damp and/or old carpets since these will often be breeding and feeding grounds for mould.
Clean surfaces, wash all valuables and dry the environment. Do not use bleach, it will actually feed the mould, promoting its growth.