Supercalifragilisticexpi-stachybotrys: Mould


Supercalifragilisticexpi-stachybotrys: Mould

There are many types of moulds in our environment stachybotrys being one of them, or more specifically what I’ll briefly be referring to here ‘stachybotrys chartarum’. Now, despite the parody of a well-known Disney song for the title of this blog stachybotrys won’t have us singing “Supercalifragilisticexpi-stachybotrys” and dancing for joy like Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke after coming into some winnings from a horse race whilst, apparently, lost for words, it’ll have the complete opposite affect actually. Ailments as a result of stachybotrys chartarum can include but not limited to:

  • Lethargy
  •  Unable to shake that cold which seems to be lingering around for far too long.
  •  Nasal and sinus congestion
  •  Eye irritation
  •  Dry, hacking cough
  •  Nose or throat irritation
  •  Skin irritation
  •  Headaches
  •  Nosebleeds, body aches and pains, and fevers

So you can start to see once ‘stachybotrys chartarum’ has started to affect your immune system you most likely won’t be in the spirits to be singing Supercalifragilisticexpi-stachybotrys, or any other Disney related song puns.

Stachybotrys chartarum is a particular mould people are generally talking about when referring to ‘black mould’ (the colour of the mould alone won’t tell you what it is, the only way of knowing exactly what moulds are present is having it tested by an mould professional) which is just one type of mould sometimes encountered with water damaged buildings and is often detected in cellulose-rich building materials (the paper lining found on plasterboard is one such material) from damp or water-damaged buildings.

When it comes to mould as a result of water damaged buildings quite often the home owner is unaware their home has even been affected and also has little knowledge that it could’ve been occurring for some time until one day you may be walking through your premise when suddenly an odour will hit you or you’ll see the mould, you may then cast your mind back as to what caused this mould to grow: Have you had a sink overflow? Pipe burst? Was there a heavy deluge of rain? Did your hot water cylinder leak? Then attempted to dry the wet area yourself (maybe with all the towels sitting in the linen closet) and after several days is when you have noticed the familiar musty odour of mould? Or you could be completely stumped as to how the mould began to manifest in the first place. Regardless it’s very likely there is mould growth occurring, it may not necessarily be Stachybotrys, but it is mould nonetheless.

Which brings us to treatment of mould in your home, improper treatment can result in falling to the ailments associated with moulds and further contamination of mould to other areas of the premise.  Here at Magic Wand Restoration & Cleaning we have had training held in conjunction with Murdoch University and through the IICRC, one of the leading bodies in the disaster restoration field, and can inspect your mould issues to discuss your best approach to tackling the problem.

  • 11 Mar, 2015
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