Awareness of mould growth in homes, schools and offices has risen in recent years and media coverage has also brought to light concerns in poorly maintained investment properties and inadequate construction techniques in new homes that have resulted in mould growth and subsequently affected the occupants’ health. Improper management, or even failure to do so, of water/moisture entering a building has also been a factor of mould growth.
Normally, our everyday exposure to airborne fungi in the outdoor air presents little or no risk to our health. However, the airborne fungi in the artificial environments of our buildings and dwellings have an altered composition which can create an environment to impact greatly on our health. This has led to the understanding that fungi can be a major cause of both illness and the severity of general symptoms, with those that have developing immune systems or are immunocompromised being at a higher risk to any airborne pathogens that may be present.
Mould can be dramatically evident by causing significant damage to buildings, such as the visible presence on building materials and structural decay of timber. Mould can cause many health issues such as: eye irritation, runny nose, sneezing, coughing, headaches, fatigue, skin irritations, shortness of breath, wheezing and aggravation of asthma, even when there is little evidence of mould growth present. If you experience any of these it may be a result of mould growth in your home or office environment.
Once mould is established it can cause problems for an extended period of time and becomes a serious problem when spores come in contact with a wet or damp area and begins growing. Improper treatment can result in falling to the ailments associated with mould and cross contamination of mould to unaffected areas of the premise.
Magic Wand Restoration & Cleaning have had extensive training in mould remediation held in conjunction with Murdoch University and through the IICRC, one of the leading bodies in disaster recovery/restoration, and can inspect your mould issues to discuss your best approach to tackling the problem.