What are the causes of mould?
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.
What conditions do moulds thrive in?
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.
What are the health risks associated with mould?
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.
What does mould look like?
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.
What are moulds?
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.
Can you provide a guarantee that all mould has been removed?
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.
Can I remove mould myself or do I need a professional mould cleaning company?
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.
How quickly can Ideal Response be on site?
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.