Healthy Reasons Why Mould Removal Must be a Priority
Are you not bothered by the dripping sound of a leaking faucet? Leaks aren’t something to ignore. Not only will this cause your water bill to soar; in a day or two this can start moisture intrusion and build breeding grounds for moulds and bacteria. Damp homes have been shown, time and again, to cause a host of diseases.
• Warm Homes & Health
Mould is everywhere. Humans get exposed to these fungi everyday either by inhaling them when they are airborne, or by touching them from contaminated surfaces. Reproducing by spores, complete mould removal is virtually impossible, yet efforts must be sustained to shrink their population to the level that they can’t cause bad effects on health. Exposure to large number of these pathogens or their spores can easily make people, even those with robust health, sick.
There are several types or species of moulds that can badly affect human health through the allergens, mycotoxins and irritants they produce. Reactions depend on factors such as sensitivities, age and state of the immune system. Often, these fungi cause allergic reactions (sneezing, runny nose, and watery eyes), respiratory complications (pneumonia, asthma and shortness of breath) and dermatological disorders (dermatitis and skin rash). It can also cause opportunistic infections on immune-suppressed and immune-compromised people.
• Preventing Mould Growth
It is common knowledge that moulds grow in moist or damp places. The condition is likely to develop when condensation is high because of leaking plumbing, inefficient venting of appliances, unbalanced HVAC controls as well as domestic house activities that use water – plants and aquariums, bathing and showering, cooking and washing plates, and washing and drying of clothes laundry.
Cleaning your home as often as it is possible and fixing leaks upon discovering the sources of moisture constitute the most practical ways to prevent their growth. The bigger problem lies, however, in discovering sources that are not easy to identify – those that are growing hidden in ceilings, under the flooring, within walls, and HVAC systems. These can pose big health concerns when the discovery is delayed.
• Controlling Humidity
Discovering every source of possible mould problem is not always possible; certain sources can stay hidden for a long time leading to chronic moisture and fungal problems. This is the reason why the best strategy is still through maintaining lower humidity levels indoors – in your home or office. According to the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the most ideal humidity level to maintain indoors is between 30% and 60%. Higher than 60%, condensation of moisture and mold growth is bound to happen.
You will often hear that there are no quick fixes or silver bullet for an efficient mould removal and prevention. If the indoor temperature can be maintained and kept warm, however, there is no way your home will be moist. Without the dampness, the moulds and bacteria cannot thrive. Technologies that can maintain or keep the indoor temperature high and humidity low are, therefore the silver bullets you need to completely prevent and remove moulds.