Causes and Effects of Mould

By knowing the causes of Mould, you may be able to avoid ending up with a Mould problem in the first place. Here’s a list of the most common causes.

Moisture

Moisture, moisture, moisture. We can’t say it enough. That’s because it’s what fungi thrive on. Incorrect drying procedures after water damage or a flood in your home or office will lead to growth of fungi, therefore creating a residual odour problem. Fungi spores remain inactive when materials or the environment are dry and the humidity is below 60% relative humidity.

Air Circulation

All you need to remember is that air is the enemy. Of Fungi that is. Fungi don’t grow in well ventilated areas.  So open up those doors and windows and make sure mould can’t take hold.

Darkness

Fungi grow best in total darkness; therefore exposure to light will stop growth.

Organic Food Source

Most fungi grow best while feeding on organic materials found in a normal indoor environment, such wood, cotton, wool or even dust and lint.

Temperature

Most fungi grow from 100 to 380 with an optimum growth from 20 to 30.  Therefore, controlling temperature and keeping it below the fungi option growth level is another important aspect

Improper Water Damage Remediation

If you’ve had flood or water damage in your home or office, it is essential that this is dealt with promptly and correctly. By now we know how much mould loves moisture.

Mould can have quite an impact on your health. That’s why Mould Removal is so vital. Here are some of the health issues mould can cause.

Typical symptoms caused by mould exposure include:

  • Respiratory problems
  • Skin irritations
  • Nose/throat irritation
  • Nasal/sinus congestion
  • Eye irritation
  • Headaches

These symptoms can usually be classified into 3 response groups:

  1. Allergic Reactions – this reactivity can lead to allergic rhinitis or allergic asthma that is triggered by breathing in mould spores.
  2. Infections – Elements of mould can directly infect some tissues and cause fungal-related pathological and inflammatory illness.
  3. Toxic Responses - these relate to the exposure to biochemical products of mould such as mycotoxins on the surface of the mould spores rather than the growth of mould in the body.
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