According to the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS), Mould is a category 1 risk to health. This is the same category as Asbestos.
One of the biggest post-flood dangers to the health of a property and its inhabitants is mould growth. A flood in a domestic or commercial property grants mould ideal conditions in which to thrive, with the risk to human health being proportional to the exposure time experienced and the species and the density of airborne spores. Most properties have mould in some form or other – often hidden behind surface finishes, in voids and within stud partitions. Whether your mould infestation comes as the result of flooding or just general damp and moisture in your home, Ideal Response can help.
In some cases, before work can begin, a survey of the affected site must be carried out to determine the level of the infestation. Mould contamination is rated according to the size of the affected area:
Though only operations involving remediation above Level 2 require a qualified and experienced indoor environmental hygienist, mould growth can very quickly get out of control in any building and a Level 2 contamination can rapidly turn into a Level 3. We can respond to mould remediation callouts within twenty-four hours, and with over ten years’ experience in dealing with both black and toxic mould damage, Ideal Response are the people to turn to should you discover an infestation.
“The workmen were very polite, thorough and reassuring. They explained everything clearly and [were] happy to move anything necessary – furniture and clothes. They took photos, which they said can be sent to me. I am very satisfied.“
When calling please have the following ready:
Specially trained mould technicians
Industry leading BIOSWEEP® technology
Validated before and after results
Complete peace of mind assured
With experience in dealing with major loss claims in excess of £120k, you can rest assured that no job is too big. We know that a fire or flood can cause catastrophic damage to both residential and commercial properties. If quick action isn’t taken to mitigate secondary and structural damage the repair bill can soon start racking up.
We use cutting-edge industrial hygiene and drying technology to decontaminate and dry affected areas within minimal time, ensuring the least disruption to your home or business. Our experience, combined with our remote monitoring technology, allows us to return you to business as usual in the most cost effective way possible.
Mould is caused by excess moisture. This could be from a variety of causes including: water leaks, excess condensation, rising damp, rain entering a building, flood, standing water, heating and cooling ducts and wet floors/flooring. Mould can occur in most environments, indoors and outdoors and at any time of the year but it will worsen in warm and humid conditions.
Mould will thrive in conditions of excess moisture and poor ventilation. If it is warm and humid the mould will worsen. One of the problems associated with mould growth is that it isn’t always in places that are visible. Mould can occur indoors or outdoors, in basements, attics, behind drywalls, under carpets, anywhere with excess moisture. Mould grows easily on wooden items and ceiling tiles as well as in dust, paint, wallpaper, fabrics, insulating materials and upholstery.
In 2001 mould was classed as a category 1 risk to health according to the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS), this is the same category as asbestos. Mould spores spread through the atmosphere and are inhaled by individuals in the environment. Prolonged exposure to mould is particularly harmful to health. The IOM (Institute of Occupational Medicine), among others has established evidence that linked exposure to damp indoor conditions with upper respiratory tract symptoms. In an outbreak of mould, landlords, councils and housing associations are legally bound to clear it under section 11 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1998.
Mould is the common term for fungi. There are many forms so consequently, its appearance varies. Generally it will appear as patches of black, green, yellow, brown or pink ‘furry’ growths that usually have an unpleasant odour. If you are able to smell mould the indication is that there is a health risk as the spores and mycotoxins produced are airborne. If mould is visible on surfaces it is probable that it will also be found in less visible places. Mould infiltrates and damages internal walls, spreading throughout the brickwork and compromising the structural integrity of the building.
Mould is the common term for the microorganism fungi. There are thousands of different species of mould, many are as yet unidentified. Types of fungi are being discovered all of the time but known species already amount to hundreds of thousands. Moulds reproduce by making spores; the spores are adept at surviving harsh conditions not normally conducive to mould growth. Mycotoxin is the term used to describe any toxic substance produced by fungi. These mycotoxins are found on mould spores, therefore they will also be found on any material with mould growth.
Yes! Our technicians are highly trained and have many years of experience of mould removal and remediation. Ideal Response are the exclusive UK providers of the revolutionary BioSweep ® technology. We can produce before and after results to validate the clean. You can be certain that all mould will be effectively removed and its return prevented, giving you complete peace of mind.
Mould and the spores it produces are a recognised health hazard. If the area affected by mould is less than 1 metre square and is caused by condensation, you may be able to remove it yourself. If the mould is a result of sewage or is one metre squared or larger you will need to contact a professional remediation company. If mould is not dealt with effectively and completely it can very quickly become out of control presenting a health risk and causing costly damage to property. Unfortunately, bleach and household products are ineffective when dealing with mould and preventing its return.
Ideal Response can be onsite within 24 hours of your call.
Dealing with mould removal early will save time and costs for any business and will reduce the risk of ill health to individuals in the environment.