Mould is a type of fungi which is normally found in moist areas such as basements and bathrooms and can sometimes cultivate inside building structures. The difficulty with the presence of mould in buildings is the inhalation of mycotoxins.
Moulds are very simple microorganisms found virtually everywhere indoors and out. Moulds are among the most widespread living organisms in the world.Mould is a type of fungi and is found growing in moist areas.
Mould will feed on materials such as wood, cardboard, the paper facing on both sides of drywall, and carpet.
There are over 100,000 different types of moulds that can enter your home on clothing, shoes, and bags, or through open windows or air conditioning systems.
Mould travels through the air as spores breeding in wet areas. If mold is spotted, it’s best to deal with it at once so it does not multiply to other areas. It is also a good indication of a moisture problem which should be addressed.
Etymology: Middle English mowlde, perhaps alteration of mowle, from moulen to grow moldy, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Danish mul mold
1: a superficial often woolly growth produced especially on damp or decaying organic matter or on living organisms by a fungus (as of the order Mucorales) 2: a fungus that produces mold.
- Merriam-Webster dictionary
Did you know: Under ideal situations mould spores can start to multiply every 20 minutes?
Mould Health Issues
Mould can cause several health issues including asthma, allergies and respiratory illness. Pregnant women, young children, and the elderly are at a higher risk.
Mold can also damage building materials and personal belongings. Paper and cardboard products disintegrate. Fabrics stain and discolour. Wood rots. Find more about mould and how to spot it.
Signs Of A Mould Problem
Signs of mould problems are discoloration of indoor surfaces, dark spots, or patches and pay close attention tochanges in your health. Not always can you see mould. Mould does not need light to grow. Thus, it will grow wherever the opportunity presents itself (in wall cavities, in dark attics or even under your carpet). Musty odours are a sign that unwanted organisms are growing in your building and need to be found and destroyed.
Is Mould Harmful?
Yes. There is no way to know exactly how each person will react to mould. A normally healthy person may appear unaffected in a mould infest-ed home, while another may become ill. Moulds can have significant adverse health effects. These health effects can be categorized into three
groups (Allergic response, sensitization, and toxic response). Asthma, Dermatitis, Legionella are diseases related to micotoxins (mould).
What causes mould to grow? There are three conditions that must be met to sustain mould growth.
Water (flood, plumbing pipe burst, wind driven rain, seepage, humidity)
Heat (if the temperature is too low mould will not grow)
Because mould spores are everywhere it is most important to control humidity and water intrusion in a building structure. Within 48 hours of ideal conditions mould can proliferate (grow at a rapid speed).
Mouldoff will then investigate the cause of mould growth
Determine the best approach for remediation
Contain the mould
Protect from further infestations
A visual examination is the most dependable means to identify mould. The most common signs of mould are dark spots, stains or patches. Be sure to look at ceiling tiles, walls, floors, window sills, carpet, and furniture. Pay close attention to any area with “standing water” such as a leaky sink, or air conditioners.