10 Tips to Address Mould Issues in Your Household

After heavy rain and floods, homes can often suffer from water damage such as cracks, leaks, rising damp, water pooling or the deterioration of building materials.

However, one of the most common problems you may face is the growth of mould in your home.

Aside from ruining the aesthetic appeal of your property, mould produces an awful musty odour that can trigger nasal congestion, sneezing, coughing, asthma and other allergic conditions.

We understand how stressful this can be.

So, to help protect your home and the safety of your family or tenants, our experienced team of Property Managers and Residential Concierge professionals have compiled some tips to address mould issues.

What household mould is

After wet and damp weather, you may find (or smell) mould growing inside your home.

Mould is a type of fungus that appears as black, grey, green or white spots on your walls, ceilings, floors and other poorly ventilated areas.

It thrives in damp, warm or humid environments, especially when the moist warm air meets your property’s cold surfaces.

Even though it may not look as serious as other water-related damage, mould shouldn’t be ignored or taken lightly. Mould can be quite dangerous when it begins to release spores or volatile chemicals that can trigger allergies, flu-like sicknesses, immune-related diseases and general discomfort.

Here’s how you can prevent and stop mould from becoming a bigger problem in your home.

10 tips to tackle mould damage in your household 

It’s important to treat mould as soon as possible. Here are some of our tips:

  1. Begin by assessing your home regularly, especially in places where mould may grow like the bathroom, kitchen, laundry and wardrobes.

  2. Before removing mould, make sure the surfaces are dry and structurally sound. You can try using exhaust fans in humid rooms or opening all windows and doors to increase ventilation.

  3. For your safety, it’s best to wear a mask, gloves and eye protection when cleaning up mould.

  4. Few patches of mould can be eliminated by wiping them away with bleach, diluted vinegar or mould killer sprays with a damp cloth.

  5. On the other hand, applying a quarter of a teaspoon of clove oil mixed with a litre of water is better for hard surfaces. Just leave it on for 24 hours – if mould doesn’t fall off by itself, you may wipe it down with a cloth and white vinegar mixed with water.

  6. If you’re vacuuming mould, use a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter in your vacuum.

  7. Remember to thoroughly dry the area once you’re done removing the mould.

  8. To prevent mould from recurring, it’s necessary to find and fix what’s causing the moisture problem. You may start by repairing roof leaks and blocked gutters.
  9. Mould releases toxic chemicals like mycotoxins that can cause allergic reactions. If removing mould makes you feel sick, stop immediately and leave the job to professional cleaning experts.

  10.  It’s also advisable to seek help from building restoration professionals if there are larger areas of mould in your home or if the mould is present even outside wet rooms.

Upstate Concierge Services can help you address mould conveniently and safely

At Upstate, we don’t let mould or other water-related damage bother you from getting the most out of your property.

Our Residential Concierge Services offer a personalised approach that coordinates everything for you, so you can focus on the things you live for. With our wide network of cleaning professionals and building experts, we can effectively manage any mould problems on your behalf.

So, whether you’re moving in or out of a home, buying, selling or leasing with us, you can always trust us to look after your property. Our expert team knows how to best rectify any issue before it ruins the beauty and safety of your home.

Let’s discuss your options today

With your budget, timeframes and requirements in mind, our Upstate Concierge specialists can ensure all your property needs are met.

That’s because we’re a big agency, with the heart and determination of a boutique one.

Speak to your local Upstate team today and we’ll help you determine the best course of action when it comes to protecting your home.

We look forward to chatting with you soon.  

P: (02) 9971 9000

E: Hello@upstate.com.au

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