Discovering mould within your home can be unsettling, given the myriad of health hazards associated with its presence. With over 100,000 species, including the notorious dry rot fungus, mould growth can lead to severe health issues such as respiratory problems and exacerbation of asthma symptoms. Here’s a comprehensive guide to identifying and eliminating mould while safeguarding the air quality in your living space.


Recognizing Mould Infestations

Mould thrives in environments with moisture and nutrient-rich surfaces like wood, gypsum, and dust. It often lurks within concealed areas such as ventilation ducts, walls, and ceilings, triggered by factors like high humidity levels, water infiltration, or inadequate ventilation. Look out for telltale signs of mould presence:

– Black or green spots on walls, ceilings, around windows, or in closets

– Stains, buckling, or peeling of wall and ceiling surfaces

– Musty or earthy odours permeating the air

While mould testing may not always be necessary, a thorough inspection of roofing, attic, siding, and joint seals can pinpoint underlying issues contributing to mould growth.


Combatting Mould Contamination

Prompt action is crucial upon detecting mould infestations. Affected surfaces should be promptly wiped down with a clean cloth and a non-chlorinated all-purpose cleaner, avoiding harsh agents like bleach. Dispose of any deteriorated or porous materials in airtight bags or containers to prevent further contamination.

Ensure adequate ventilation in the affected area and advise occupants to avoid contact with mould-infested surfaces. Consider isolating the contaminated area with plastic sheeting and donning protective gear such as rubber gloves, goggles, and a dust mask to minimize exposure to mould spores.

If the mould-affected area exceeds one square metre, proves challenging to clean, or experiences recurrent mould growth despite cleaning efforts, seeking assistance from professional mould remediation specialists is advisable.


Author Introduction: Pritish Kumar Halder

Pritish Kumar Halder is a seasoned environmental consultant with expertise in mould remediation and indoor air quality management. Armed with extensive knowledge in identifying and mitigating environmental hazards, Pritish is committed to promoting healthy living environments through effective mould eradication strategies. With a focus on empowering homeowners with actionable insights, Pritish strives to ensure optimal indoor air quality and safeguard against potential health risks associated with mould contamination.