The most favourable conditions for mould and mildew growth are condensation, high humidity and poor ventilation. Mould fungi tend to grow on materials dampened by moisture ie – ceilings, walls, insulation etc. As well as condensation and high humidity water leaks from the roof or plumbing pipes can be a contributing factor.
THE MOST COMMON CONDITIONS FOR FUNGI GROWTH ARE CONDENSATION AND HIGH HUMIDITY
With these conditions for moisture vapour in the air, the more moisture in your home, the higher the humidity levels.
These conditions of high humidity in the home with inadequate ventilation allow fungi to reproduce minute air borne particles called mould spores that combine with moist objects and begin to grow. There are thousands of different known species of fungi, some are extremely toxic, these species are known as toxic mould, these produce mycotoxins which can severely compromise your health, being fatal in some instances.
MOULD GROWTH AND SICK BUILDING SYNDROME – SBS
Mould growth in homes can lead to a number of health conditions. With some people being sensitive to mould growth they can experience throat irritation, eye irritation, coughing and wheezing, skin irritations, people with allergies can have more severe reactions with elevated risks for respiratory infections – asthma, bronchitis and fungal infections.
MOULD GROWTH COMES IN MANY COLOURS
Mould growth can be many different colours, looks, spotty and blotchy and can smell musty.
If you can smell or see mould a health risk may be present. As well as health risks fungi can cause serious deterioration to building materials and furnishings.
STOP THE PROBLEM BEFORE IT STARTS
Keeping humidity levels relatively low is the best way to inhibit mould growth – so controlling humidity levels – promptly fix plumbing pipes and roof leaks – ventilate shower areas – laundries – kitchens and most of all ventilate the roofspace.
Keep your home well ventilated – control humidity levels and you will control the harmful effects of mould.