How To Spot Signs Of Mould

Thursday 27th October 2022

Alice Redshaw

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In their 'Mould Nation' report, Uswitch found that 62% of respondents had experienced mould in their property at least on one occasion. A 2023 Renters' Report from Finbri, who recently polled the UK, found that a third of renters have experienced damp or mould in just the last 12 months!

At ICE Cleaning, we are mould removal specialists with years of experience in the industry. Equipped with a corporate membership of Dewpoint Professional, we'll deliver you excellent results.

Continue reading our blog, where we delve into some of the main signs of mould in homes.

Look out for visible mould

This is probably one of the most obvious indications you have mould. It can be a variety of different colours, from black and white, to green and brown. On vinyl wallpaper, it can also show up as pink and yellow.

To find visible mould, check the areas of the home that don't get adequate ventilation. This could be exterior walls of the home or in forgotten corners. There have been many examples of mould occurring behind wardrobes, for instance.

Mould could also grow behind wallpaper, so should you notice damp patches on the wall, you may have to peel back the wallpaper to locate any problems.

You experience health issues

Mould can trigger allergies and other health implications. If you notice a flare up of allergies or experience illness primarily when in your property, it could be a sign of mould problems.

Children, those with weakened immune systems and pre-existing conditions, and the elderly are examples of parts of the population that are particularly vulnerable to the impact of mould.

For instance, people with asthma may find that their condition is triggered by exposure to mould. It is important to keep these groups away from the mould and get it sorted as soon as possible.

Mould causes a wide range of symptoms, including:

  • Nausea
  • Skin irritation
  • Lung damage
  • Dizziness
  • Dry skin
  • Watery eyes

For more information on the impact of mould symptoms, check out this article written by the Mayo Clinic. It is crucial to be aware of the health effects of mould exposure to catch any growth as early as possible.

Check for marks and discolouration

Water damage is a common reason for marks and discolouration. If you have suffered flooding in your property, then you could have mould.

Make sure any leaks are fixed within the property, as well as other underlying issues. The mould will keep coming back otherwise, as the conditions for growth will remain favourable.

The discolouration can even show up when you re-paint your walls, signalling that the mould could be hidden beneath a layer of wallpaper. Other things to look out for are bubbling and cracks in the wall. 

As well as mould remediation services, our skilled technicians can help you with water damage you have experienced, carrying out everything from drying solutions to water extraction. Mention it to a member of our team when you get in touch.

Monitor for unpleasant smells

As you spend a lot of time in your home, you can become accustomed to smells. It might be worth having someone else check your house for odours if you suspect mould.

Damp and musty odours can sometimes indicate mould growth, which is particularly the case if your home is older. Or if the property is unused for long periods of time, you are more prone to mould growth.

Ensure you check the areas of your home that collect lots of moisture, like ceilings, tiles and window sills. Should you spot any signs of mould, you should contact the specialists promptly to protect your health.

At ICE Cleaning, we can deal with odour removal for you too. We perform an effective service by locating the problem and then use our skills and industry knowledge to remedy the issue.

You notice lots of condensation

Keep an eye out around the home for signs of condensation, which occurs as a result of moisture build-up. You're most likely to see it on windows or surfaces in the bathroom following a shower, or in the kitchen while cooking. 

Dap conditions in the home can lead to mould growth, which loves warm conditions to grow and spread. Mould can take just 24-48 hours to spread, so get it checked out promptly.

Other signs of condensation include fixtures that have become rusty, or damp spots on walls and ceilings. 

Wipe down surfaces that have condensation to prevent excess moisture forming, and ventilate the room as much as possible to allow fresh air to circulate.

If mould spores do become a problem, call in the specialists to perform a mould remediation. Their services will significantly improve the air quality in the affected area, returning your property to a safe condition.

Get in touch today

Contact us on 0208 066 0360 or enquiries@icecleaning.co.uk to book our mould removal services today. Our friendly support team are happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

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