Mould Prevention Solutions

Mould Prevention Solutions

What is Mould and Where Does it Grow?

Mould is a form of fungus that grows both indoors and outdoors. Mould thrives in warm, damp and humid environments. There are over a thousand different varieties of indoor mould, and the good news is that the presence of a moderate amount of mould in your home is generally not harmful to your health. Most health problems related to mould exposure arise only when there is a build-up of high concentrations of mould for some reason.

Mould spreads by generating spores. Like so many nuisances in life, mould spores are able to survive for long periods, even in harsh, dry environments in which mould itself could not grow (which is one of the things that makes mould so hard to eliminate). Mould spores can become airborne and are invisible to the human eye, so this needs to be an important consideration during the clean up and elimination of any mould infestation.

Some amount of mould is more or less everywhere all the time. Its many forms are so common and it travels so easily that trying to make your home or any other building totally mould-free would be next to impossible. But high concentrations of mould, which might result from water damage or moisture build up, can be cleaned up and eliminated.

In Home Ventilation

Australian homes are generally cold in winter and hot in summer. Traditional heating and cooling systems tend to recycle indoor air rather than filtering air from outside, which means that most Australian homes lack proper ventilation.

Given that Australians spend as much as 90% of their time indoors, CSIRO has estimated that indoor air pollution costs the Australian community in excess of $10 billion each year in illness and lost productivity.

  • One third of Australian homes have mould and damp issues creating an environment where dust mites thrive.
  • 1 in 5 children in Australia suffer from asthma.
  • Australia’s per capita emissions are the highest in the OECD.

How Can We Help

  • I’ve got asthma
  • I’ve got allergies and/or hay fever
  • I’ve got a damp and/or mouldy home
  • I’ve got musty odours
  • I’ve got condensation
  • I’ve got a cold home
  • I’ve got a hot home
  • I’ve got unbalanced temperatures
  • I’ve got a stuffy home with poor indoor air quality

Sub Floor Ventilation

Poorly ventilated sub floor areas are often damp. This dampness can result in mould, mildew, musty odours, wood rot and pest infestation in your sub floor area and can also contribute to the spread of mould, mildew and allergies above.

Your sub floor area may seem insignificant because it does not form part of your living room. However, the fact of the matter is that this space actually has a high impact on the quality of air you breathe in while you are indoors and may affect your health.

How Can We Help

  • I’ve got rising damp
  • I’ve got a damp and/or mouldy home
  • I’ve got musty odours
  • I’ve got a damp sub floor area
  • I’ve got mould and/or mildew in my sub floor area
  • I’ve got wood rot
  • I’ve got termites

Wet Area Ventilation

Bathrooms and laundries are moisture-prone areas which often cause problems in other parts of your home.

Poor ventilation means that steam and moisture can spread throughout your home, increasing your likelihood of mould and window condensation. Cheap bathroom fans are underpowered, noisy and often vented into your roof cavity (rather than ducted outside), which allows moisture to build up in your roof cavity and cause other problems.

How Can We Help

  • My bathroom or laundry is always damp or mouldy
  • My bathroom or laundry has unpleasant odours
  • I can’t use my mirror when someone else is showering

Heat Transfer Systems

Heat transfer systems capture excess heat from your existing heating to create supplementary heating for other rooms in your home – making the best use of heat you’ve already paid for. Heat transfer systems balance the temperature in your home by evenly distributing energy from a heat source, such as a fireplace or heater, throughout your home.

How Can We Help

  • I’ve got unbalanced temperatures
  • I’ve got too much heat in one room