How To Control Mould Once It Starts Growing

Friday 29th December 2023

Ellen Warren

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A wall covered in mould


Mould, a fungus that grows on damp surfaces, is a common yet unwelcome sight in residential spaces. Its tenacity to thrive in indoor environments requires a concerted effort to combat its spread. The process of elimination can be daunting, as mould can be difficult to detect and eradicate. 

At ICE Cleaning, we specialise in mould remediation and prevention strategies for homeowners and businesses. Our technology allows us to effectively remove all traces of mould in your home, and we will provide further guidance on its prevention in the future.

Read on to learn more about how you can slow mould growth in your home before professional help arrives.

Understanding mould

Mould is an unsightly and persistent growth that can infiltrate our homes, growing in damp areas and consuming any organic matter it encounters. The result of mould infestations can lead to health and structural issues. 

Mould attaches itself to walls, clothing, paper, and other materials, using these surfaces to release spores that can affect our health. Various types of mould exist, each with unique characteristics. 

We have created a guide to identify the type of mould growing in your home. By recognising the environments in which these moulds are likely to flourish, you can take steps to prevent their growth and spread.

Identifying mould hotspots in your home

Mould can establish itself in unexpected locations. Homes are particularly vulnerable to mould due to crevices and corners that can be exploited. The most common places are kitchens and bathrooms, which offer a moist environment that is inviting for spores. 

It is not only due to leaking pipes or wet surfaces; even activities such as boiling water can allow mould to thrive on walls. Basements, often neglected and poorly ventilated, also provide a breeding ground for fungi that thrive in damp conditions.

Dark areas such as wardrobes and the spaces under sinks are also prone to mould colonies, gradually damaging the structure of your home. It is important to be vigilant against mould growth as it can pose a significant risk to your health and the integrity of the building.

The science of moisture control

Water intrusion is preventable by adjusting moisture control, which can help prevent mould growth. It is critical to be aware of the potential areas where water may collect like leaky pipes or an attic partially exposed to the elements. 

Experts suggest that indoor humidity levels are maintained between 30% and 50% to prevent mould growth. A hygrometer, which functions like a thermometer, is recommended to achieve this balance. To combat water intrusion, leaks should be repaired promptly to prevent mould from taking hold.

Preventative measures to keep mould at bay

Preventing or slowing mould growth involves creating an environment that is less conducive to its growth. It is imperative to install a dehumidifier, as it will remove excess moisture from the air. 

You must also ensure proper ventilation by opening windows when cooking or showering, as the steam can settle on walls and ceilings, which attracts mould. Additionally, wiping down the tiles in the shower prevents residual dampness. 

Lastly, certain species of houseplants can naturally absorb moisture from the air. However, overwatering or keeping them in damp areas can exacerbate this issue, so we recommend you read our guide to find the right plant.

Professional mould remediation services

If your home smells musty or those black spots on the wall are spreading, you must contact professional mould cleaning services. Professional mould experts come armed with advanced equipment and industrial-grade solutions, ensuring the complete elimination of mould.

One of the most significant advantages of hiring professional mould experts is that they can identify the source of the problem. Mould can grow in hidden areas, such as inside walls or under carpets, making it difficult to detect. 

However, with their experience and knowledge, mould cleaning services can find the root cause and take the necessary steps to eradicate it. Moreover, professional mould experts can also provide advice on how to prevent mould growth in the future. 

They can recommend ways to improve ventilation, reduce humidity levels, and maintain proper hygiene in your home. By following their recommendations, you can ensure that your home remains mould-free and healthy for years to come.

Frequently asked questions

How do you get prevent mould?

To prevent mould, tackle dampness head-on. Fix leaks, dry out wet areas swiftly, and keep humidity down.

How can I stop mould in my house?

Stop mould by controlling moisture – use dehumidifiers, ensure proper ventilation and keep surfaces clean and dry.

Does opening windows reduce mould?

Opening windows lets air flow, reducing moisture – a key culprit in mould growth.

What kills mould naturally?

Without professional remediation, mould cannot be killed by any natural means.

Get in touch

If you have spotted mould in your home, you can rely on ICE Cleaning's mould cleaning services. We specialise in mould removal and can effectively remove it from your home once it starts to take over. We can identify the root cause and type of mould, helping you prevent its return.

If you want to learn more about our services, you can get in touch with our staff today at 0208 066 0360 or We are available 24/7, 365 days a year, and able to provide emergency cleaning services the same day if you require it.

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