Mould is the dreaded “M” word that no one wants to hear, or see, or smell. If you’re living in a home with mould, you’re probably wondering how it’s adversely affecting you and your family’s health—and how to remove it and prevent it from coming back.
Mould growth typically occurs in out-of-sight wall cavities as a result of water damage from flooding or leaks. Before you know it, mould creates a toxic environment in your home, compromising the quality of the air you are breathing in every day.
Unfortunately it’s nearly impossible to control all of these factors here in Asia because mould spores are everywhere around us. However, focusing on sources of moisture is your best bet at preventing or removing mould. If you can limit the moisture, you can limit the mould. At home, the most common areas are bathrooms, kitchens, poorly ventilated rooms or closets, rooms with open windows, or other areas of high humidity and dampness.
Sometimes you can actually see mould. There are over 100,000 species of mould and with so many variations, mould can come in a variety of colours, shapes, and textures. The most common colours of mould are grey, black, and green, but it can also be white, pink, blue, red, purple, brown—and sometimes a combination of colours. As for textures, mould could be fuzzy, powdery, velvety, or slimy. Remember, Mildew, as explained before, is flat, powdery, and typically grey or white in colour.
Mould can also grow behind wallpaper or inside your walls. The main visible sign of mould growth is the discoloration of the wall. Even if you paint over it, mould will persist and continue to show signs on the surface.
In addition to structural elements of the home, mould may be growing on individual items as well. Mould growth can often occur on leather shoes or garments, clothes hanging in the closet, and on furniture and drapes. Because closets tend to be small and enclosed spaces with no air-con supply vents closets may often have humidity levels higher than the adjacent living space.
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