Not all mould is visible. Often it hides in attics and behind walls but once you’ve identified it in your home, it’s important to take immediate action. Mould spreads quickly and can penetrate deeply into surfaces, making it progressively more difficult to get rid of the longer it’s left untreated.
A Danger to Your Health
Mould is not only hazardous to the integrity of your home, but it also poses a threat to the health of yourself and your family members. Mould can cause a range of maladies and symptoms including, itchy or watery eyes, runny nose, wheezing, coughing, headaches and rashes. Some studies even indicate that it may play a role in depression. Children, the elderly and those with asthma are particularly vulnerable to health complications from mould in the home but anyone could be affected.
Assess the Situation
Once you’ve determined there’s mould growth in your home, you’ll want to make an assessment. Try to find out if the mould is confined to one area or if there are multiple locations. Check areas that are especially prone to dampness such as your bathrooms, basement, attic, and the areas adjacent to windows and doors. Depending on the severity of the situation, you’ll need to decide if you can get rid of the mould on your own or if services for professional mould remediation in Bowmanville are required for your home.
DIY Mould Removal
Small patches of mould can be removed on your own. A solution of bleach and water is sufficient for some surfaces but others require specially formulated products that can penetrate through porous materials and prevent regrowth. Be cautious to not spread the mould and shield yourself by wearing protective gear including a mask, gloves and safety goggles. It’s important to tackle the source behind the mould, which is invariably moisture. Make sure any associated leaks or drips are remedied. In addition, dampness can be removed from the air using ventilation systems or a dehumidifier should the moisture be excessive.
When to Call in the Pros
If the surface area of the mould is substantial—it exceeds the area of a bathtub—or if prior attempts to remove the mould on your own resulted in regrowth, it’s time to call us at Durham Insulation. We follow rigorous industry standards of mould remediation in the Bowmanville residences we serve. Our tactics ensure mould spores aren’t spread and thus don’t contaminate other areas in your home. In addition, we find the source of the moisture problem leading to mould growth and correct this by taking the appropriate measures. Contact us today if you have any questions or to get a free quote on our mould removal services.