What Are Signs of Mould Exposure?

What Are Signs of Mould Exposure

What Are Signs of Mould Exposure?

The team at I-sells recognise the discomfort, destruction and danger that can be caused by improper ventilation. Inadequate ventilation, along with environments that are not properly maintained, are susceptible to mould.

Mould can and will spread if left unattended, but it can be dealt with in a variety of ways, in this blog, we will be discussing and hopefully helping you in understanding how to get rid of mould, and importantly, what are signs of mould exposure?

But first, let us explain what mould is.

What is mould?

Mould, otherwise known as damp, is a fungus that grows on wet surfaces. Mould comes in a variety of colours: Black, Green, Brown, Grey and White. It can be difficult to identify mould by colour as it can occur in many shades. Some of the most common mould strains in the home are:

  • Black Mould – Also called Stachybotrys chartarum, Black mould is commonly found in bathrooms and wet rooms but can also occur on cold exterior walls in habitable rooms such as the bedroom or living room.
  • Cladosporium – Commonly found in bathrooms, under sinks, and around faucets but it can grow on surfaces like carpets, furniture, walls, and floors.

Mould reproduces from tiny spores. The spores float through the air and deposit on the surfaces. Under adequate temperature, moisture, and nutrient conditions, the spores can form new mould colonies.

Mould can severely affect your immune and respiratory system, as the spores are easily breathable and not obvious to see through the human eye.

If you have found mould in your home, you need to assess if this is your landlord’s responsibility (for example it could be from a leaking roof that needs repairing). Or if the damp is caused by improper ventilation. To assess your options, click here.

If you’re a tenant and not sure about your rights when it comes to mould in a home you are renting, check out our blog for the answers you need.

At I-Sells, aside from superior ventilation to deal with the cause of mould, (Condensation) we also sell mould-control paints and cleaners which will remove and/or prevent mould from growing in your home as long as adequate care is taken.

How does mould form?

What Are Signs of Mould Exposure
What Are Signs of Mould Exposure

Mould in your home generally occurs as a result of condensation.

Condensation occurs when heat and moisture in the air are confined to a certain area, as this heat tries and fails to escape, droplets of water are created on cold surfaces. A good way to think about this is having a hot shower on a cold day and not opening your window.

The reason condensation creates mould is that a damp and humid environment is the optimum condition for mould to grow. In regards to windows, it is a big problem if there is mould on your windows (it can usually be found in the corners of the windowpane or the walls connected to the window).

The true danger of mould is that its particles can travel through the air without us seeing it, incidentally, this means opening a window with mould on it runs the risk of that mould being blown inside your room alongside the fresh air.

That being said, condensation is not the only cause of mould, it can occur from leaks in the structure of a building too. Aside from this, mould can develop from out of date food, which spreads to other food that is left near it.

If you want to know how to reduce condensation in your home, take a read at our blog which has all the information you need here.

What are signs of mould exposure?

Within the home or space, mould generally looks like a black, brown, or green growth, its texture is usually slimy, and if there is a significant amount, it emits a unique smell.

In regard to mould exposure in people, moulds produce allergens (substances that can cause an allergic reaction), irritants and, sometimes, toxic substances.

Inhaling or touching mould spores may cause an allergic reaction, such as sneezing, a runny nose, red eyes and skin rash. Moulds can also cause asthma attacks. if you have damp and mould in your home you’re more likely to have respiratory problems, respiratory infections, allergies or asthma. Damp and mould can also affect the immune system.

I-Sells mould solutions

What Are Signs of Mould Exposure
What Are Signs of Mould Exposure

At I-Sells, we are here to help you combat the scourge of mould with the solutions that we offer, here are some options available in our mould control section.

Note: Any instance of cleaning or dealing with mould, one should at the very least, wear a mask and gloves.

Kair Anti Mould Paint 1 Litre White

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Kair Anti Mould Paint 1 Litre Magnolia

Kair Anti Mould Paint is an excellent, premium quality, low odour anti mould coating guaranteed to protect against unsightly and unhygienic black mould even when there is persistent condensation.

The unsurpassed performance is achieved by combining modern paint technology with highly advanced, proven biocides. The anti-mould biocide is combined throughout the paint film, which is formulated to impart toughness, elasticity, water resistance and durability to the finish. You’ll find with this product that it is:

  • Easy to use
  • Fast Drying
  • Low Odour
  • Ideal for walls and ceilings
  • Long-lasting protection
  • Matt Finish

For best results, you should wash mouldy surfaces with Kair Anti Mould Surface Cleanser Concentrate. Specifically designed to clean and treat mould growth areas.

Kair Anti-Mould Additive For Emulsion & Gloss Paint – 50ml

Maybe you don’t want white or magnolia, we have got you covered if that’s the case. Our unique Anti-Mould paint additive contains a fungicidal additive that allows you to secure anti-mould properties to:

  • Emulsion paint
  • Eggshell paint
  • Tile grout
  • Gloss Paint
  • Wallpaper paste
  • Coatings

This means alongside having anti-mould paint in colours, you can also secure your tiling grout making your shower, kitchen or bathroom anti-mould, alongside your wallpaper.

Simply apply one 50ml bottle to any 2.5L bucket of paint that fits within the parameters mentioned above and mix thoroughly.

Want to secure your home from mould? We offer the Kair Mould Control Pack, a bundle with the previously mentioned surface cleaner, and two 50ml anti-mould additives, saving you 15% more than if you were to buy individually.

It is our responsibility to clarify that even though these products will help you get rid of mould, it will still come back if you neglect the maintenance needed to have a mould-free environment. Below are our tips for maintaining a mould-free environment.

Maintaining a mould free environment

Now that we have shared our solutions to destroying the mould you are dealing with, it is now about preventing its return. Here are some things you can do in your home or flat to prevent the growth and spread of mould.

Ventilate

Ventilation is a key factor in keeping your home mould free. It can be as simple as opening a window when you are showering or cooking to opening a window when you notice condensation in your home.

For the best possible solutions in home ventilation, we recommend you take a look through our ventilation range. Or take a look at our blog to find out what the best extractor fan is for your kitchen, or alternatively, we can tell you the best extractor fan for your bathroom.

Track your humidity levels

Consider buying a Hygrometer. This device measures the levels of humidity in the air, which can indicate to you which rooms are creating the perfect environment for mould. This is a valuable maintenance and detection device that we offer.

Deal with it

If you find mould on your food, dispose of it and any other foods that may have been touching the moulded food, or open within the same area. If you find mould on any surfaces, clean it immediately with our anti-mould surface cleaner.

If mould reappears at a certain spot in your home, check to see if there is any leak or damage to the area that can be letting moisture in. If so, contact your landlord or trusted tradesman to fix the issue.

Browse our mould control options for the best possible solutions to dealing with mould.

Helping you destroy mould

What Are Signs of Mould Exposure
What Are Signs of Mould Exposure

We at I-Sells endeavour to make sure our customers have all the information they need before choosing to invest in our mould solutions. Be sure to visit our blog page to gain knowledge on the wide array of factors and issues surrounding ventilation, mould, condensation, and much more.

We hope to have helped you by giving you insight on what are signs of mould exposure.

We understand you may have more questions, Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information with regard to whatever you may need our help with. If you’d like to send us an email, click here. For other contact options, see below:

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