Mould in Home: Is Your Home Making You Sick?

Have you noticed mould on the walls? Don’t worry! Moulds are very common in buildings and homes. Mould will grow in places with lots of moisture, such as around roof leaks, windows or pipes, or where there has been flooding. Also it grows well on products like cardboards, ceiling tiles, and wood furniture. Mould can also grow on dust, paint, wallpaper, insulation, drywall, carpet, fabric and upholstery. It’s not always easy to recognize. It often feels “fuzz” or appears to be a speck, smear, or blob. The most common mould you will notice is black. However, mould can be many other colours, from grey, green, white, orange to brown, and can also vary according to age or life stage.

How Mould Affects Your Health

Mould that grows in buildings can cause nasal congestion, sneezing, coughing, wheezing, respiratory infections, and aggravate asthma and allergic conditions.

Those who are more sensible to these symptoms and other serious health effects may have:

  • 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.

Should You Call a Plumber in London  When You Spot Mould? 

Noticing mould is one thing, but fixing the underlying problem is another. The first step you may want to consider is an inspection report from a local plumber in London who can assess the situation and help determine if the cause of the mould was the result of a plumbing problem.

If a plumbing problem is identified, your local plumber in London takes proactive steps to resolve it and prevent it from happening again in the future.

Remove the mould

Despite its unsightly appearance, mould is generally easy to remove. However, it can be more challenging on textured surfaces like tile grout. Store-bought dry cleaners can often get the job done, but there are also a number of home remedies.

Tips to prevent mould in the home:

In bathroom

Beware of commonly wet areas, especially around toilets, sinks, bathtubs and showers. Spread towels after use to improve air movement (they’ll also dry faster this way!)

Use shower shelves to store soaps and shampoos. Unlike plastic containers, they are designed to drain water from your products.

You may also consider replacing an old shower curtain with one that dries faster and is easy to clean. After your last shower at home for the day, use a squeegee to remove most of the water from the shower floor and walls. 

Improve air ventilation

Ventilation is essential in wet rooms such as bathrooms or kitchens. Use an exhaust fan when showering and ventilation when cooking on the stove.

Keep it clean

Dry wet surfaces and clean your shower regularly to keep mould away.

Don’t let wet clothes and towels sit in a pile – this dark, damp and warm environment is perfect for bacteria!

Make sure there is no food in your home that has passed its use-by date.

Use refrigerated foods within the recommended period, and if the days have passed, throw them out!

 Observe the humidity levels in the house

Improve the ventilation in your home by opening windows and letting in some fresh air whenever possible. Fans can help with air circulation. While we’re at it, open the curtains and let the sun shine in.

Call an expert Plumber in London

The cause of mould in your home usually comes down to a few common factors:

  1. A plumbing problem
  2. The humidity
  3. Recent floods
  4. Poor air ventilation

But of course, it’s almost impossible to determine the solution when you haven’t even confirmed the cause!

Plumbers Immediately will help you. We are a team of qualified and experienced plumbers in London who work around the clock to solve your plumbing problems, including investigating the cause of mould. If we detect a leak, a flood, or any other plumbing-related problem, we’ll fix it for you.
Are you worried about mould or mildew in your home? Call Plumbers immediately today!