Dealing with mould in the home

How can mould affect your health

It is important to spot and kill mould when it starts to grow in the home. Mould can be very lethal and can have a major impact on your wellbeing. Kids, seniors, pregnant ladies and those with prior respiratory illness are especially prone to the impacts of mould. Mould is such an extreme health hazard,  that associations like the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have all shown major links between mould and a range of diverse and life threatening sickness. 

Here are some of the important health effects of mold exposure:

  • Mold Sensitivity: Some individuals are especially sensitive to mould, while others feel the affects after some time because of prolonged exposure. Others may have more of a reaction to to mould and can be greatly affected by it. Some mould sensitivity symptoms include:
    • Chest and nasal congestion
    • Coughing, sneezing and wheezing
    • Sore throat
    • Watering, dry or sore eyes
    • Skin irritation
    • Headaches


Disposing of mould is an exceptionally complex endeavour. not only is mould unbelievably hard to recognise, as well as to be around. Experts utilise mould remediation gear that is specially designed for disposing of mould.

On the off chance that you are confronting a particularly stubborn instance of mould growth, an expert will need to be called to deal with the issue. Your home likely has a level of damage and so it will a need an expert to remove the mould and the cause before you can start restoring your home. This guarantees the safety of your self and your family members


Mould is a fungus, and it develops wherever it can. Individuals aren't precisely certain how many mould species there are, however research suggests there could be up to 10,000 different species of mould. A portion of these diverse species of mould can be harmful to humans and must be dealt with immediately.

While tending to any mould growth in the home it's essential to know which kind of mould you are dealing with. Every one has its own attributes, growth and wellbeing effects to know about. It's also important to know about where mould can grow in the home so you can stop the spread of these destructive and lethal growth. Check places like bathrooms, basements, roofs and window seals for harmful mould growth.

Harmful molds can be any of the following classifications:

  • Allergenic: Molds that cause and produce allergies and allergic reactions such as asthma attacks.
  • Pathogenic: Molds that cause health problems in those suffering from an acute illness.
  • Toxigenic: Molds that produce toxic substances that can lead to dangerous or even deadly health conditions. This is sometimes referred to as “toxic mold.”


Step 1: Learn about moisture

Assessing mould development includes more than just looking at whats visible, sometimes this is just the tip of the iceberg. Mould can be an imperceptible unwanted guest. To begin with, understand that behind all mould development is a water or dampness issue. Second, turn into an moisture king — know where moisture originates from and how it gets into the home.

Step 2: Document the mold problem and create a remediation plan

Assessing mould development includes more than just looking at whats visible, sometimes this is just the tip of the iceberg. Mould can be an imperceptible unwanted guest. To begin with, understand that behind all mould development is a water or dampness issue. Second, turn into an moisture king — know where moisture originates from and how it gets into the home.

Step 3: Calculate the extent of the contamination

Mould may not always grow in just one area, so you have to understand how much contamination you are really dealing with. Ascertaining the extent of the damage will help you understand how to deal with and effectively remove the mould. The objective of mould remediation is to prevent mould developing in the home, and to retain structural integrity.

Step 4: Remediate mold contamination

Remediation will include tidying up existing mould while maintaining a  barrier between yourself and the source while also tending to the area causing the mould be that a leak or damp area. The next thing to do is work out your contamination size and decide whether you're working in a region up to 10 square metres (around the span of a full sheet of drywall). Assuming this is the case, you'll be following the rules for remediation levels 1 and 2. Level 1 remediation is utilised for smaller regions of mould up to 3-5 square metres and Level 2 remediation covers area from 5 - 10 square metres.

The clean up process is the same for Level 1 and Level 2 mold remediation and comprises these steps:

  • Repair the water problem. This will help prevent new mold spores from growing.
  • Isolate the contaminated area. Close all doors and windows between the contaminated area and other rooms of the home for both levels. For Level 2 remediation, also cover all doorways and any other openings with 6 mil polyethylene sheeting. Seal all seams of the sheeting with duct tape and slip openings in the sheeting to enter the contaminated area.
  • Suppress dust. Do this by misting the contaminated areas.
  • Remove materials. Remove all wet and mold-damaged porous materials. 
  • Place materials in plastic bags. Discard all wet and moldy materials in plastic bags that are at least 6 mil thick, double-bag the materials, and tie the bags closed. The bags can be disposed of as regular trash once the outside of the bags are wiped with a damp cloth and detergent solution prior to leaving the contamination area.
  • Clean. All non-porous materials and wood surfaces that are moldy must be cleaned. Use a wire brush on all moldy surfaces and then wipe the area with disposable wipes. To dispose of as regular trash, discard wipes in 6 mil polyethylene bags, double-bag and tie closed. Finally, scrub all moldy surfaces using a damp cloth and detergent solution until all mold has been removed and rinsed cleaned surfaces with clean water.
  • Clean the affected area and egress. The process for Level 1 differs from Level 2 at this point. For Level 1, clean with a damp cloth and/or mop with detergent solution. Level 2 requires you to vacuum all surfaces with a HEPA vacuum, and then clean all surfaces with a damp cloth and/or mop and detergent solution. Discard wipes as described above.
  • Visibility test. All areas should be visibly free of contamination and debris — no dust and dirt means no mold.
  • Dry. Cleaned materials should be dried to allow leftover moisture to evaporate. To speed up the drying process, use fans, dehumidifiers or raise the indoor air temperature.
  • Replace. All materials that were moved should be replaced or repaired.


Step 5: Determine if clean up has been successful

Just because the mould is gone and there appears to be no residue doesn't guarantee that you're finished. The last thing to do is to decide whether your tidy up endeavours have been effective. 

    Whether or not you require extra testing to be carried out on the mould areas is very dependant upon what kind of mould you have been dealing with, some times it is necessary to have professionals come in and test the areas to ensure they are mould free.

    When it comes to mould the key is to ensure that the area has been cleaned affectively and cannot become contaminated again, talk to experts about how to make sure your home stays mould free, and be sure to check hidden areas often for potential regrowth.