Mould growth is inevitable in the natural environment. Outside the home, it even serves an ecological purpose helping break down organic matter. In structures, however, it can be your worst nightmare. As long as there is mould growth on your structures, you can be sure they are undergoing a slow disintegration and will soon be too weak to offer safe and effective support.
Mould growth can also have a huge toll on the health and safety of the occupants of the house, particularly if they are suffering from respiratory problems. The mould growth produces some pathogens that may cause health issues and breathing problems, especially in people with a weak immune system.
Mould growth occurs in damp conditions. As long as there is some residual moisture on some of your surfaces, the growth will begin taking effect. The moisture can be due to your activities in the building such as spillage. However, sometimes it occurs due to the structural issues in your buildings such as leaks or problems in the building foundation.
As a homeowner, there are measures that you can take to prevent or eliminate the mould growth in your building. These include the following.
Identify the Problem Areas
There are professionals that specialise in mould inspections and control measures. You can hire these experts to help you manage your mould growth issue.
If you are planning to go the DIY route, you can undertake various preventive measures that will help you prevent or mitigate your mould problem. The first step is simply carrying out physical inspections of your property. Inspect the most vulnerable areas where you are likely to have some mould issues such as the bathrooms, soffits and fascia boards, kitchens, attics or even window panes and frames. Look at the ceilings for any signs of water stains or for any signs of damage in the roof gutters. You can also use your sense of smell to detect mould issues. Can you sense a “musty” or a mild rotting smell somewhere in your room? That could be a sign of a mould growth. Mould usually has a distinct smell so if you have sharp olfactory senses, it will be easy to detect.
Have good ventilation
Temperature extremes will ultimately lead to precipitation on your structural surfaces and if you have poor ventilation, the accumulation of moisture will eventually lead to mould growth.
If the house is poorly ventilated, “high-humidity activities” such as showering, cooking or laundry work will cause a moisture build-up and precipitation that will lead to mould growth over the long term. The household appliances such as clothe dryers should be well vented to prevent a build-up of moisture in the house. When washing or doing some laundry work, open the windows to ensure optimal air circulation inside the house.
Maintain your roof gutters
If the roof guttering is not working optimally, you aren’t going to have an efficient stormwater flow and drainage. Instead, the stormwater will flow back to the fascia boards and the soffits and damage these over time with some aggressive mould growth. The roof gutters should be maintained on a regular basis to ensure they are working properly. Make sure that you have adequate stormwater drainage on the ground that will channel the water away from the building foundation and prevent flooding around the house.
Keep your home dry
How soon do you clear off the spillage on the flooring, surfaces, furniture or carpeting? Ideally, you should get rid of these within 24 to 48 hours to prevent mould growth. Apart from the mould issue, spillage poses a safety hazard as the occupants can easily slip on the wet flooring and get some serious injuries. Ensure your clothes and bedding are dry before you store them in the cupboard.
Have mould resistant-surface
If you are renovating your house, you can install mould-resistance into the surfaces in order to prevent mould growth. Paints, drywalls or sheetrock can be applied with mould inhibitors and water-resistance that will effectively make the surfaces mould-proof.