Living in a clean, dry and healthy environment is vital to our lives. The air around us should clean and free form any bacteria or spores causing allergies and other diseases. We should look around at every possible outdoor and indoor area to spot any mould which is accumulating. Like prevention is better than cure we should take appropriate measures to avoid any health issues late.
If you are experiencing health issues or are working or living in a building that has had water damage, you may want to inspect your home or business for mould or mildew.
Mould growth is common after water damage in instances where the water damage was not addressed quickly enough – mould can begin to grow in as little as 24 hours when the conditions are right.
Remove, bag, and throw out porous materials that have heavy mould growth (i.e. ceiling tiles, leather, sheetrock and insulation, plaster, paneling, wood products, paper, carpet, padding, etc.. Hard surfaces can be cleaned. To avoid mould spores being dispersed in open air, spray water from a spray bottle on such areas before removing them.
Discard all water-damaged materials, materials that are visibly coated with mould that cannot be properly cleaned, such as porous materials (e.g., carpeting, drywall, insulation), and materials that have been wet for more than 48 hours.
Cleaning solutions like bleach, borax, baking soda and ammonia are all good for removal of moulds. Damp surfaces encourage mould growth, so be sure to wipe the area clean fully.
It’s important to be aware that bleach and vinegar-based products do not kill mould. The object in mould cleanup is to remove the mould = any household cleaner would suffice = from cleanable surfaces, to dispose of materials that can’t be cleaned (such as mouldy drywall) and to correct the cause of the mould growth. The effective repair of mouldy drywall is to remove and replace it. However, if the total mouldy area is trivial in size, and if I were very confident that the ONLY mould on the drywall was from an exterior source – such as condensation on that surface – and therefore if I were confident that we didn’t risk more mould on the hidden side of the drywall nor a leak is hidden inside the wall or ceiling cavity, then I might be tempted to surface clean the small area (say a square foot or less), let it dry, coat it with a lacquer primer sealer or a fungicidal sealant paint, and then repaint the surface.