What Are The Main Causes Of Mould?

Thursday 24th March 2022

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Uswitch research has found that 62% of households allege they have had mould problems, showing how widespread the issue it.

Our mould remediation services are available 24/7, 365 days a year, and we pride ourselves on our professionalism and responsiveness. Our friendly customer service team are always happy to help you whenever you need it.

Have a look at our blog to find out some of the main causes of mould in the UK, and why it often occurs.

What are some of the health risks associated with mould?

Mould can affect your health in many ways, from causing allergic reactions to respiratory issues. This happens through inhalation into your body or simply just by touching spores in the area.

This fungi growth causes risks to human health by generating toxic matter, irritants and allergens. People with pre-existing conditions such as asthma, or those with a weakened immune system, should be particularly careful around mould.

Black mould info graphic describing the problems that can occur from black mould

Condensation

Condensation will form mainly in warm spots of the home, including bathrooms and kitchens. It is good to have a cleaning routine in place that includes wiping down surfaces and windows.

Mould frequently grows on window ledges, walls and corners of rooms. In winter, the chances of encountering it are much higher due to the cold weather conditions.

To stop mould from developing, it is recommended to dry clothes outdoors where possible, open the window when cooking, and have the heating on regularly.

During the remediation, our mould experts will be able to identify the source of the growth provide tips to avoid mould in the future.

Lack of ventilation

This is another leading cause as to why mould develops in properties around the UK. If you have a broken extractor fan, or don’t open the window while carrying out activities such as cooking or showering, then your chances of encountering mould growth increase.

Fresh air will be prevented from circulating around the room, and will react with moisture in the atmosphere to develop mould. Unfortunately for us, our homes provide the perfect environment for this fungi to grow.

Methods for preventing mould from lack of ventilation are very similar to those for condensation, including making sure that your extractor fan is in working order.

You should be particularly careful in the summer months, when humidity and heat are on the rise.

Leaking roof

A leaking roof can be stressful to deal with, whether it be from heavy rainfall or a hole in your structure. Contaminated water that comes into your house can be detrimental to your health – it is best to call in the professionals to see to this.

From this leakage, two kinds of mould can occur:

  • Systemic mould
  • Limited mould

If not dealt with, the mould and damage from the leaking can cause harm to your property. This includes threatening the infrastructure of the building to having a negative impact on your health and that of your loved ones.

Professional mould remediation experts will be able to get to the root cause of the issue, determine what kind of growth is causing the growth, and treat the problem. They can also provide advice on how to prevent the mould from coming back.

Flooding

Additionally, mould can result following instances of flooding. It doesn't take long to develop either in the right surroundings, sometimes taking as little as 24-48 hours.

Flooding should be approached with caution. Similar to leakages, the amount of contaminants present in the water could be numerous, including sewage and dirt from outside environments.

Our experts not only provide effective mould removal services, but also flood damage cleaning. They will help restore your home to a safe environment, but you should not enter your home unless it has been declared safe to do so by the local authorities.

High humidity

Ideally, the humidity in your home should be between 30-50%. Anything above this and the property will become more susceptible to mould growth.

Like with condensation, opening windows will help to regulate the humidity within your home and allow air to circulate at regular intervals.

Increased humidity is more common in locations close in proximity to large expanses of water, but can be controlled with the right prevention methods.

Mould remediation specialists

We are specialists in this industry who have extensive experience in providing excellent results. Our technicians are Dewpoint Professional accredited, and will never leave the site of the clean until you’re satisfied with the work carried out.

The team use the latest technology and techniques during the mould removal, and our experts regularly undergo thorough training to keep up to date with the latest industry guidelines and regulations. 

To treat the issue , we utilise only non-abrasive and non-toxic solutions. We are committed to protecting the environment in our work.

ICE SHIELD®

Following the clean, we offer a complimentary application of our ICE SHIELD® solution. This works by combining fogging technology with a persistent solution to combat against harmful bacteria and viruses for a period of up to 28 days.

It works within 10 seconds of application, and is suitable in all kinds of setting. Just ask a member of the team about this when you get in touch with us and they will be happy to add this onto your service.

Contact us

To find out more about the mould remediation services we offer, contact our team today on 0208 066 0360 or enquiries@icecleaning.co.uk. We will respond to you as soon as we can.

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