How do I know if my property has a mould problem?
If mould is growing in your home, you will most likely be able to smell it. Have you ever walked into a room that has a musty or earthy odour? The smell is probably mould. Sometimes, you can see the mould on the surface of an object. In such cases, the item may be discoloured or look as if it has smudges or blotches.
Often, you will not be able to see the mould that is causing an odour. The mould could be growing behind walls, under the house (sub-floor), underneath carpets, or in other hidden areas. Mould growth is common in areas that are damp or have suffered water damage. You should be especially concerned about the growth of mould if your home has had:
- a flood
- a sewer back-up
- an overflowing toilet
- leaking pipes
- a leaking roof
- leaking windows
- rising damp
- any other serious water-related problems.
Some of these situations can result in the growth of bacteria, which can also cause musty odours and health problems.
Once materials become wet, mould can begin to grow within 24 to 48 hours. If your home experiences a water-related problem, clean and dry any wet or damp areas as soon as you find them. If you live in a rental property, immediately report water problems to your landlord or body corporate.
Early detection and treatment are very important. The earlier you can detect the growth of mould in your home, the better the chance you have to control it. If you smell a musty odour, start looking for the source immediately and remove it as soon as you find it. Prevention and early detection may save you from paying much greater clean-up and repair expenses later on. If you own your home, damage from mould and the cost of removing mould might not be covered by your homeowner’s insurance. (Read your policy or call your insurance agent to find out.)
If you suspect you may have a mould problem but are unable to determine the extent or how best to deal with it, contact Amtec to discuss the benefits of having a mould inspection.
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