Mouldy Home

Visible mould is mould that has reached a serious stage of infection and is a major health hazard to your family. Follow your nose!

Mouldy home

What does Mould Look Like?

Mould is not always easy to recognise. It often looks like ‘fuzz’ or appears to be a stain, smudge or discolouration. The most common moulds are black, green or white. However, mould can be many other colours, ranging from grey to orange to brown and can also change depending on age or life-stage.

Wall Hung Curtains with Mould Growth next to a couch in a residential home
Mould growth is evident in poorly ventilated and damp areas of the home. Mould found in key living areas pose a serious health risk for some people if not carefully managed.
Mould growing on a wall behind wallpaper
Mould may take some time to appear and by the time you see it it, it may be too late. Black mould caused by rising damp can exacerbate breathing conditions.

What causes mould to grow indoors?

Mould only grows when there is sufficient moisture on a surface or humidity in the air. Common causes include: 

  • Leaky roofs and walls including and blocked gutters and downpipes
  • Leaky plumbing
  • Condensation from cooking, showering, clothes drying and from breathing in areas with poor air circulation eg cupboards and corners and furniture against uninsulated outside walls.

Is Mould dangerous to your health?

Mould associated with damp buildings can trigger nasal congestion, sneezing, cough, wheeze, respiratory infections and worsen asthma and allergic conditions.

People who are more susceptible to these symptoms and other serious health effects include those with:

  • weakened immune systems
  • allergies
  • severe asthma
  • chronic, obstructive, or allergic lung diseases.

You should seek medical advice if you are concerned about the effects of mould.

How can you prevent Mould Growth in The home?

There are three key areas you can address to reduce the propensity for mould growth in the home, this includes 

  • Maintaining suitable ventilation throughout the home
  • Reduce Humidity
  • Controlling Moisture and Dampness
  • Mitigating Rising and Lateral Damp 
Fresh air ventilation solves most damp and the resulting mouldy homes. The fresh air “flushes” the contaminated air and, more importantly, the fresh air dries the damp surfaces in which mould flourishes.
Your Healthy Home expert will assess your home to arrive at a comprehensive recommendation to improve your ventilation. For moderately damp homes, subfloor ventilation may be sufficient. For single rooms, some better use of windows and common sense might be the answer. For more serious dampness issues AirQ System and/or more powerful extraction may be warranted.
Subfloor Ventilation System (Mechanical Ventilation) Installed by Healthy Homes Tasmania.
Healthy Homes Tasmania installed this sub floor ventilation system to assist in the removal of moist, damp area from a residential home sub floor. Mould tends to be more prevalent in damp, moist areas with poor ventilation.
InAir Ventilation System installed into a roof cavity to circulate airflow.
Healthy Homes Tasmania installed this ventilation system into a ceiling cavity to increase circulation and reduce the propensity for mould growth.

Investment In Better Ventilation Solutions Could Save You Large Repair Or Replacement Works

Subfloor ventilation solutions can start from $2000, single rooms solutions around $750, and whole home automated inAIR PPFV systems start at $4000. 

All solutions are customised to the home and the micro climate to ensure a robust efficient solution. Call or email for a complimentary assessment and quote.

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