Mould and Fungi Caused by Damp
Mushrooms are the most commonly known type of fungi. Mould is another type. Both mould and fungi are caused by damp conditions.
Britain is especially prone to indoor mould and fungi as it is damp and cold so often, and because a lot of the houses and buildings are old.
Fungi, including moulds, release what are called spores in to the air. Spore numbers increase when there is a sudden rise in temperature in a moist environment, such as when central heating is turned on. Spore numbers are also increased in a damp house for example when wet clothes are dried next to a radiator.
Who is most likely to be affected by mould and fungi caused by damp?
Around 3-4 percent of all people and 10 percent of people with allergies get symptoms from fungal and mould spores. If you have cold-like symptoms that don’t end when seasons change, you may be allergic to the spores of mould or other fungi. People with existing health conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, weakened immune system or eczema can be particularly susceptible to these spores which are released into the air by mould in damp environments.
This is certainly not a healthy environment to live in.
What is causing this mould and fungus in my property?
There is one simple answer to this – damp conditions!
Mould may begin growing indoors when mould spores land on surfaces that are wet. There are many types of mould, and none of them will grow without water or moisture.
Moulds survive by digesting whatever substrate they are growing on. There is no way to eliminate all mould and mould spores from your indoor environment; the only way to control indoor mould growth is to control moisture. The most common indoor places for mould to take hold are damp areas, such as:
- Bathrooms and kitchens
- Behind or under appliances that hide slow plumbing leaks (refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, etc.)
- Roof leaks
- Around windows where condensation collects
- High humidity areas of your home, such as basements
How can I prevent mould in my property?
- Identify any problem areas within your property – where there is persistent damp problems.
- Prevent moisture with proper ventilation
- Be aware and monitor humidity indoors.
- Clean or repair roof gutters.
- Improve air flow into your home.
- Equip your home with mould resistant products.
There are no treatments for this kind of fungus it simply needs to be removed. The solution lies in reducing moisture that is entering the property.
Any suspected dry rot or fungus should not be ignored. It can carry serious potential health risks and eventually jeopardise the structure of a property. A professional should be contacted immediately.
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