Mould is a type of fungus that consists of small organisms found almost everywhere. They can be black, white, orange, green, or purple.
Outdoors, moulds play an important role in nature, breaking down dead leaves, plants, and trees.
Moulds thrive on moisture and reproduce by means of tiny, lightweight spores that travel through the air. In small amounts, mould spores are usually harmless, but when they land on a damp spot in your home, they can start to grow. When mould is growing on a surface, spores can be released into the air where they can be easily inhaled. If you’re sensitive to mould and inhale a large number of spores, you could experience health problems. A mould survey is a process that involves moisture mapping of the property, root cause identification, thermographic mapping and mould risk evaluation. For more details about the aspects of the mould survey please click here.
Early signs and symptoms of mould exposure may consist of headaches, nausea, sneezing and coughing, irritation to the eyes, nose and throat and worsening of pre-existing conditions such as asthma and other respiratory issues.
If exposed to toxic mould, long-term effects such as memory loss, insomnia, anxiety, depression and confusion may arise.
Mould in the home may be caused by condensation and dampness, since this is the environment needed in order for it to thrive and can often be found surfaces such as walls, window frames and even soft furnishings such as clothes, bedding and children’s toys. Mould in the home may cause significant problems for its inhabitants as the spores released by the mould are small enough to be inhaled deep into the lungs.
A mould survey can be used to examine the potential mould problem. It is strongly advised to professionally inspect your property when you experience breathing difficulty; this can be done with a mould survey.
A mould survey can determine the type of mould in a property and count the number of spores present in the indoor environment in comparison to the outside. A mould survey can be beneficial in determining the risk to health caused by the mould contamination in the home or workplace.
A professional mould survey may take up to five hours to complete. The mould surveyor will visually inspect the property as well as evaluate other additional information which may be relevant to the cause of the mould; for example, leaks and holes or poor ventilation. The thoroughness of the mould survey is very reliable and can produce highly accurate results which can then be used to offer recommendations on how to solve the problem.
Throughout the mould survey, several methods are used to identify the source of the indoor air quality problems. One of the main purposes of a mould survey is to identify the mould that isn’t visible to the naked human eye.
A mould survey will identify the mould hidden behind walls, in ceiling cavities or under the floorboards. In order to find hidden mould, the mould surveyor will more than likely need to gain access behind the structural elements to identify leaks or damage. Historic water damage can lead to mould contamination and provide a cold wet environment for the mould to colonise. The mould survey will supply the customer with details on the level of contamination and recommended actions to take to prevent and reduce further contamination. Advise can also be given on how to remove existing mould contamination.