Moulds release spores and it is these spores that cause the allergic reactions in people. Spores are microscopic particles released by moulds in their thousands into the atmosphere. Spores contact skin and nasal and bronchial membranes, causing symptoms such as rhinitis, itchy eyes, eczema and most importantly asthma. Several well-known conditions, such as Farmer's lung and Sauna-taker's lung, are caused by mould allergy.
Moulds favour damp, musty conditions and therefore can be found on window frames, especially when there is a lot of condensation on the windows, under wallpaper and on the soil of houseplants. Likewise, the damp environment caused by tumble dryers and baths and showers make the kitchen and bathroom danger zones.
Moulds are prevalent throughout our environment. Most people associate mould with damp walls and similar extreme situations. The following measures will help minimise contact with moulds.
- Moulds flourish in damp environments, therefore one of the best ways to prevent their growth is VENTILATION.
- Thorough cleaning of the kitchen, bathroom and utility room with subsequent ventilation of these areas will help prevent mould growth. Pay particular attention to walls behind kitchen units and cupboards; the lack of ventilation often means that excess mould grows in these areas.
- Open windows and close internal kitchen and bathroom doors when cooking, showering or bathing to prevent steam entering other rooms. Keep bathroom surfaces dry. Do not hang wet clothes inside or over radiators.
- Make sure that your tumble dryer is vented outside during use, or use a condenser-dryer. Try not to dry damp clothing indoors.
-When showering or cooking, keep internal doors closed to prevent damp air spreading through the house. Use extract fans and cooker hoods vented outside.
- Strip wallpaper from damp walls. Tackle any areas of dampness on walls etc.
- If in doubt contact us to arrange for a survey to determine the extent of the problem and methods of permanent eradication.