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Understanding Mould Infestations: Causes, Risks, and Remediation Techniques

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Mould is a very common problem in the UK thanks to our cold, wet weather and poorly insulated housing stock which enables damp and draughts. That is not to say you should not worry about it – it can cause serious health problems and damage your property if not removed immediately.

ICE Cleaning is a professional cleaning company that offers effective mould removal services. Its technicians can get rid of all the mould spores on the surfaces and the air in your home, and significantly improve the air quality. They can be on site in a matter of hours in an emergency.

Read on to find out what causes mould, how it can harm your health, and the best ways to remove it.

The causes of mould

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When mould spores in the air encounter excess moisture they start to grow. The most common causes of mould include:

  • Humidity – this is why mould usually grows in bathrooms and kitchens as lots of steam is produced during cooking and washing
  • Condensation – when warm, moist air meets a cold surface like a window it condenses, making the window, windowsill, and surrounding area damp
  • Leaks – a leaking roof or pipe, for example, can lead to a backlog of moisture and cause water damage
  • Poor ventilation – a lack of fresh, free-moving air enables humid air and condensation to build up

The risks of mould exposure

Being in a property where mould is growing can endanger your health, particularly if you are young, elderly, have skin problems, respiratory problems, or a weakened immune system.

Mould produces allergens which can trigger an allergic reaction, such as sneezing and a runny nose, skin rashes, and a sore throat. It could also release irritants and toxic substances which can have more severe effects. If you suffer from asthma, it may trigger more serious, frequent attacks.

How to remove mould from your home

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There are lots of techniques for remediating mould advertised online, from using mould removers to creating your own remedies with household goods like vinegar. However, it is recommended you always bring in professional cleaners for mould removal.

Firstly, should you attempt it yourself, you may only clean the visible mould and could fail to tackle the source so it will return soon after remediation. It is also dangerous to clean up without personal protective equipment (PPE) as you will come in very close contact with the mould.

Should you disturb the mould, such as scrubbing the surface, you could release them into the air where they could settle onto other surfaces, too.

Professional cleaners, like ICE Cleaning’s technicians, have the specialist products and equipment to get rid of all the mould for good. They can diagnose the root cause and advise on how to prevent the mould returning in the future, as well, so you can keep your home mould-free.

You can discover more about ICE Cleaning’s array of services on its website.

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