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Identifying Mould in Your Home

Mould is a fungus that can grow in damp, dark places. It thrives on moisture and temperature changes. If you have mould growing in your home or office, it’s important to identify the type of mould so you know how to treat it.

If you think there might be mould in your home, the first thing to do is to test for it. Moulds can grow anywhere that has high moisture levels and poor ventilation, so take a close look at hard-to-reach places like behind fridges or dishwashers, under sinks or carpets, inside walls or cupboards where excess moisture may have built up.

In this post we will discuss a few different types of mould and what they look like so you can start testing for them right away!

Mould is not always visible to the naked eye

Sometimes you have to rely on your sense of smell to check if the mould is present. If there is an unpleasant musty odour in the air, this could be a sign that mould might be present somewhere inside or outside of the home.

Mould Spores are another great indicator for identifying mould growth! Mould spores can look like dust particles but they may also look like small clusters of tiny white or grey dots.

Mold can grow anywhere, but usually starts in damp areas

Places like bathrooms, kitchens and basements are the favourite places of mould and the common types of mould that can grow inside a home or office are:

- Black Mould (also known as Stachybotrys) which is one of the most dangerous kinds – it may cause health problems for people who have asthma or allergies. This type of mold looks like small black spots that are relatively flat against the surface.

- White Mould which is usually found in humid, damp areas- it can often be wiped off of surfaces with a rag or towel. It looks like white fuzzy patches on walls and ceilings.

- Green/Blue Mould, also known as Penicillium – this type of mold is not as dangerous as some other types of mold, but it can still cause a variety of health problems including respiratory issues. This type usually appears on food surfaces and looks like green, blue or grey spots with fuzzy edges.

Mould need moisture to grow, so if you find mould in your home or office, make sure that you dry the area immediately! Once you have done that, it’s time to work on stopping the mould from growing back. The first step is always to fix any moisture problems in your home and make sure ventilation is working properly.

You should test for mold if you notice a musty smell

Did you see any mold growth on the surfaces of your home?

The first thing to do is test for mould by using a moisture meter or an air quality tester. This way you can figure out exactly where the problem areas are so that it’s easier to fix them! If you think there might be mould in your home, don’t hesitate to ask for help, there are many companies out there that can do mould tests and remove any potential problem areas.

Conclusion

Mould is a fungus that can grow in damp, dark places. It thrives on moisture and temperature changes. If you have mould growing in your home or office, it’s important to identify the type of mould so you know how to treat it.

Mold spores look like dust particles but they may also look like small clusters of tiny white or grey dots. Mould can grow anywhere, but usually starts in damp areas.

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