Moulding – Overlooked?

Mould doesn’t just grow on bread – you can find it on your walls, toilets, drawers, closet, etc. Although a quick glance might not alert your senses to a moulding issue at home, the problem surfaces when you take a closer look at the obscure corners of your house. The fact is that we should be educated about moulding because more than making your place look bad aesthetically, moulding can cause serious health problems.

Why does moulding occur?

Mould needs the following conditions to grow:
1. Presence of a food source, such as cotton and wood
2. A warm environment
3. Darkness
4. Supply of Oxygen
5. Moisture

While most of the conditions are unavoidable as they are present everywhere, the presence of moisture is commonly the most important factor that marks the difference between mould growth or not.

The presence of moisture which allows mould to thrive occur in the following scenarios:
• Poor Ventilation
• Condensation
• Leaking pipes
• Wet clothes

What are the health consequences?

A person exposed to mould, may experience nasal congestion, throat irritation, cough, eye irritation or, sometimes, skin irritation. This leads to coughing and wheezing and potentially respiratory tract symptoms and illnesses in otherwise healthy people.  Furthermore, asthmatics report more severe symptoms when exposed to mould, and those with low immunity and lung diseases are more susceptible to serious infection in their lungs while being in contact with a mouldy environment.

 

Humidity, the root of the issue.

The fact that there’s mould around you also means that your environment is probably too humid, and that is also a cause for concern. After all, mould isn’t the only thing that thrives in a humid environment. Do stay tuned to our next post where we will be talking more about the issues related to humidity.