What Damage Can Mould Cause To Homes?

Wednesday 27th April 2022

Alice Redshaw

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Mould can cause much damage to your home, from structural issues to harm to personal belongings. London was found by USwitch in 2020 to have the highest amount of this fungus in the UK, with 27.4% of households saying they had encountered it.

If mould is left to spread, the consequences can be severe and costly. It is important that you look out for signs of its growth around your home to spot it in its early stages.

Our mould specialists here at ICE Cleaning have the skills and knowledge to deal with all kinds of mould. In cases of emergency, we can be on site within the hour to carry out remediation work.

In this blog, we take a look at some of the ways that mould can damage your home if it goes untreated.

Structural damage

Structural harm caused by mould can be wide ranging, from damaging floorboards to insulation.

Mould spores consume organic materials, which there are many examples of in the average home. This process can eventually lead to destruction of various materials in the building.

If you suspect any mould growth in your home, get it looked at swiftly. This will enable professionals to work on the problem and identify if there is any structural damage occurring.

When mould is not treated for long periods of time, the consequences can be great. The home could even be deemed uninhabitable in some cases.

Dry rot

Dry rot is very destructive if it takes root within wood. Once it has been discovered, rapid treatment is required.

It is a very serious issue for homes to face, and tends to be found mostly in rooms with inadequate ventilation. However, it can develop anywhere in buildings.

The issue can travel rapidly, resulting in further harm to the premises. To protect everyone's well-being, you should have your home investigated regularly by professional to check for this issue.

They will know how to find dry rot growth. Though it may be costly, consider enhancing ventilation as well wherever you can to prevent instances of dry rot.

Do not leave the problem unchecked, however, as the integrity of the site may be put at risk.

Roof leaks

Leaks can occur in any room of the house, but one of the main culprits is often attics.

The types of mould that can result from roof leaks are:

  • Systemic growth - In this case, mould will spread all over the space as a result of moisture.
  • Limited growth - Here. mould growth is not as widespread, and will generally not have travelled far from its original source. 

Once you have identified a leak in your property, it is important to have it dealt with quickly to prevent further damage. Professional contractors will be able to treat the leak proficiently, and help to make the building safe to live in once more.

Mould that has developed from leak is usually the result of condensation. This is a familiar problem for households throughout the UK, especially in the winter when temperatures are much cooler than usual.

Damage to personal property

It can be very difficult to remove mould spores from your belongings, such as furniture or clothing. Sometimes, it may even be necessary for the items to be disposed of.

Mould spores are able to easily settle into materials and often unnoticed. For example,  if furniture is placed against walls or if there is a mould growth in a wardrobe that you do not use frequently, you may not spot it.

This is why it is so important to check your home consistently for any signs of mould. Spores may cause irrevocable damage to your prized possessions, so staying on top of early signs of mould is always a good idea.

Should you need it, our technicians are able to remove any waste from your home as part of our service.

HVAC system

Mould may present itself anywhere in your house, even in your HVAC system. Treating mould in this area of the house may be tricky, though, due to the size of the space.

These systems play an important role in the functioning of your home, so any mould growth will need to be sorted. If you do identify any fungus, then it is best to hire the help of trained cleaners.

The appearance of fungi in HVAC systems is mainly down to moisture, which is very common in homes. The system becoming blocked up is one of the ways mould could develop. 

Professional mould cleaners are able to get the source of the issue and remedy it efficiently. At ICE Cleaning, we can send mould spores to get tested to identify the particular type of growth. Following treatment of the issue, our specialists will give advice to prevent the mould from reoccurring.

Mould remediation services

Our technicians are Dewpoint Professional accredited, and have years of experience in treating mould.

One of the key ways to stop mould is to practice prevention techniques. For more information about how you can halt mould growth, take a look at this article written by WebMD.

ICE SHIELD®

As part of our mould remediation treatments, we offer a complimentary treatment of our ICE SHIELD®. This works by combining fogging technology with a persistent solution to help protect against harmful bacteria and viruses for a period of up to 28 days.

Whether you are a commercial or domestic customer, the technology can work in your environment. Effective within 10 seconds of application, ICE SHIELD® provides an extra layer of protection following one of our services.

Get in touch

To book your mould remediation service with us, get in touch today on 0208 066 0360 or enquiries@icecleaning.co.uk. A member of our friendly support team will be on hand to answer any questions or queries you have.

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