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Preventing Mould and Why It's Important

Posted by Walter Minzenmay on 9 February 2016

Every house experiences indoor condensation at some point and to some degree.  Condensation occurs when water vapour cools and then changes back into its liquid form.  This can be seen as water droplets on windows or mirrors, particularly in poorly ventilated areas.


Indoor condensation is the main source of moisture for the growth of mould.


What is mould?


Basically mould is a fungal growth.  It tends to grow in homes under the conditions of dampness, darkness and poor ventilation.  Affected areas include; walls, floors, carpet/fabrics and timber especially if door and window frames are constructed from wood.


Health effects of mould


At the most basic level, mould emits particles that may cause some people to sneeze.  It's important to note that this reaction to mould is not necessarily an allergy.  However, toxic mould produce mycotoxins that do pose serious health risks.  Some studies claim that exposure to high levels of mycotoxins can lead to neurological problems and in some cases, death.


Typical symptoms though include;

 

  • Respiratory illness
  • Watery, itchy, red eyes
  • Chronic cough
  • Rashes
  • Sinus problems
  • Frequent sneezing


For those with persistent health problems that may be fungi-related should naturally see their GP.


Controlling condensation & mould


The simplest and easiest ways to control condensation and prevent mould build up are;

 

  • Ventilation
  • Heating
  • Insulation
  • Removal


Regular cleaning will help prevent mould build-up.  However, most people will simply clean and wipe obvious areas such as window panes and mirrors. 


Remember your window and door frames are the main areas that mould grows on, so don't ignore these areas.


For more information, contact Active Window Cleaning Services on 0417 687 178 or via our website contact page.

Author: Walter Minzenmay
About: Walter is a consummate professional who prides himself on his workmanship. Walter has been professionally cleaning windows, fly screens, eaves and sills for over 20 years.
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