Would your house need a Mould Inspection?
Mould and mildew are fungi or primitive plants that can be found both indoors and outdoors.
A pre-purchase and or a Mould ID Inspection should be undertaken as early in the buying process as practicable, because mould causes illness such as chronic asthma. Mould can kill.
Moulds are a type of fungus. Moulds spread by releasing millions of tiny spores into the air. They need moisture to grow and are usually found in damp, poorly ventilated areas of homes, such as bathrooms. You cannot see the spores but you may be able to see moulds, grey, green or black in colour, growing on damp surfaces.
Mould spores are a source of indoor air pollution. Airborne mould spores can produce allergic reactions in sensitive people similar to hay fever. People who experience allergic reactions to mould spores are also more likely to suffer from asthma. Mould spores can be reduced by improving ventilation in the home, and by limiting sources of moisture and condensation.
Floods, leaking drainage pipes, inadequate site drainage, ponding waters, low lying foundation areas, windows, and roofs (in particular) are all causes of moisture that can encourage mould contamination.
Increased humidity due to poor ventilation in sub floor areas or improper drying of flooded areas can also cause mould to grow. Lifestyle choices like keeping the house closed without running an air conditioner or dehumidifier and poor housecleaning can also cause mould growth.
Moulds reproduce by tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air. Mould can grow indoors when something as simple as mould spores land on surfaces that are wet for several hours.
There are many types of mould, but none of them will grow without a source of moisture.
Mould growth is often visible, it may appear cottony, velvety, granular, or leathery and have varied colours of white, grey, brown, black, yellow, or green and will have a distinct mould odour – usually musty. The feel of a chill is also likely within the confines of these areas.
Look for excess water/moisture or water damage such as leaks and water stains, even rising damp staining by way of efflorescence.
Symptoms of mould infestation can be respiratory problems (wheezing and difficulty to breath), nasal and sinus congestion, eye irritation (burning, watery, red, blurry vision, and light sensitivity), dry, hacking coughs, sore throats, nose and throat irritation, shortness of breath, central nervous system problems (headaches, memory problems, and mood swings), aches and pains, and possible fevers. See your GP if symptoms persist!