A great article here about the dangers of mould in the home & how to remedy it by 9Honey featuring some very insightful words by none other than friend of Ausclimate & industry-expert, Nicole Bijlsma!
Have a read & for all of your Dehumidifier & Air Purifier needs, take a look at our website at http://www.ausclimate.com.au or give us a call. Always here to help!
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Most people realise they’re battling mould when a musty smell takes over a room, or when a pair of leather heels comes out of the back of the wardrobe with telltale fuzzy white spots. Me? I got seriously ill long before I realised exactly what it was we were battling.
It started with night-time wheezing which quickly turned into recurring chest infections which rendered me useless week after week. Unexplained headaches, constant lethargy and sleep disturbances followed, as did irregularities with my menstrual cycle, an inability to concentrate and daily bouts of crying. As mould remediators tore my bedroom apart trying to find the source of the musty smell I’d noticed in our bedroom (they found it all along the undersides of my drawers, wardrobe and bed), I became hospitalised with pneumonia.
The cause? Mould, mould, mould.
Mould is a common household hazard, and one that can affect your health. Image: Getty
Most people don’t react so strongly to mould, in fact some mould isn’t a problem at all. A naturally occurring species of fungi that is known to live in almost any environment, on their own in small amounts, mould is usually perfectly safe. But introduce its spores (microscopic particles the mould uses to reproduce) to a source of humidity such as a few wet towels left on the back of a door, or a damp wall and the mould will use everything in its path as fuel (particularly natural fibres and MDF-base furniture) until it grows into what could be a major health hazard.
It might sound far-fetched, but mould issues are far more common than we realise, says building biologist, Nicole Bijlsma of Building Biology. “In Australia, one in three homes are affected by water damage and damp which lays down the perfect conditions for mould to grow,” she says, explaining that parts of Sydney and the Central Coast are some of the most badly affected areas since the region experiences high humidity, but cool enough temperatures that air conditioners aren’t run 365 days a year.
“If left unchecked, a mould clean-up operation can cost tens of thousands so the most important thing you can do is to stay vigilant about keeping living areas dry and clean so that the mould doesn’t have an opportunity to take hold.”
Keeping your home mould-free
Damp might be a problem nation-wide, but mould requires humidity levels that sit over 70 per cent before it starts to act out so to that end, homes that are more likely to be affected include those that are located waterside or in flood zones, or those who have roofing, plumbing or ventilation issues. It’s not just location that’s the problem, but poor lifestyle habits, says Mould Rescue mould remediator, Penny Tralau. “Often we see problems in homes where the residents insist on having long, hot showers without using adequate ventilation, and also those who habitually dry clothes on racks indoors,” she says.
Changing said habits is essential, and Tralau recommends ensuring rooms are properly ventilated every day and that clothes and shoes are bone-dry before storing them in drawers and wardrobes. “The last thing you want is damp running shoes sitting at the bottom of your dark, warm cupboard,” she warns. Dry wet towels (and any other clothing) outside rather than leaving them to hang on the back of the door or on a rail (unless the rail is heated), ensure steam is exhausted from the bathroom while showering or bathing, and vacuum rather than sweep. “Dust is like fast food to mould and sweeping just kicks up dust and makes it airborne,” Tralau says.
To help prevent mould, you should vacuum instead of sweeping.
Investing in a dehumidifier is essential, adds Bijlsma, who says that mould spores begin to germinate once humidity in the home passes the 70% mark. “To ensure the humidity never reaches the ‘danger zone’, set your dehumidifier on a thermostat so that it turns on automatically as soon as humidity in your home hits 65%,” she says.
If you’ve noticed a musty smell or mouldy spots on various items, or if you’ve begun to experience new and unexplained allergies or illness (people with immune system disorders are often affected physically long before they see or smell any mould), it’s time to investigate. To begin with, Tralau recommends pulling furniture away from their resting spots and inspecting the backs and undersides thoroughly with a torch (it’s recommended those with respiratory sensitivities delegate the cleaning to someone else).
If you find mould, isolate the items that have been affected so that disturbed spores can’t travel and settle on other items nearby, and clean them with soapy water before placing them in direct sunlight, recommends Tralau who explains vinegar solutions and bleach can work on non-porous but aren’t much chop on porous surfaces. If mould has infiltrated items and begun to compromise the makeup of the item, it will have to be thrown out, but items with surface mould only can often be saved, says Bijlsma.
If the mould problem is larger than you initially thought, continues after your initial clean-up, or you suspect it is making you ill, you may be better off calling in an accredited mould remediator.
Mould needs to be killed and removed.
“The key to understanding mould in the home is to understand the causation and it’s vital to have your home assessed by somebody that is trained to a standard,” says Tralau.
Are you being physically affected by mould?
For the majority of the population, living with mould will not cause any serious adverse affects, however for some – particularly those with compromised immune systems – it’s been known to cause the following:
- Cold and flu symptoms
- Unexplained skin conditions
- Unexplained headaches
- Irritation of the eyes
- Sleep disturbances
- Loss of concentration
- Irregularities with menstrual cycle
- Respiratory illnesses such as bronchitis and pneumonia
- Loss of libido
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Frequent thirst/excessive urination
- Brain fog
Original article available at http://honey.nine.com.au/2017/05/16/09/41/signs-mould-is-affecting-your-health#PBucX2y4Y10clmw6.99
Ausclimate has received so many enquiries about whether our NWT Dehumidifiers could help with health problems caused by mould in their homes. The answer is yes, they can make a huge difference for so many people. In fact many of our satisfied customers are professionals in the health industry.
Too much moisture in your home is a recipe for mould, mildew and musty smells. Ausclimate Dehumidifiers, often described as "room dryers", can extract excessive moisture and dry your home therefore reducing harmful allergens such as mould and dust mites. If you dry out mould you will kill it!
Below is a testimonial from a recently satisfied customer:
"My husband and I live in the NSW coastal town of Coffs Harbour and our house always felt damp which was affecting my health. I have lung problems including asthma so a friend recommended I should buy a dehumidifier from Ausclimate.We purchased an Ausclimate dehumidifier two weeks ago and already my health has improved dramatically. The house now feels dry and my breathing is so much better. The dehumidifier removed an unbelievable three liters of water in the first five hours from our bedroom. I wish I brought one years ago. When my husband rang Allan from Ausclimate, he was very helpful and made it easy for us to purchase over the phone. I would recommend a dehumidifier from Ausclimate to anyone." (Margaret of Coffs Harbour)
Again always happy to help! For more info, please check out the website at www.ausclimate.com.au or feel free to give us a call any time.
Ausclimate on the road!
Brisbane Home Show (just passed)
Noosa Civic Shopping Centre (Today, 11/09 - Saturday 14/09)
Ausclimate were again well represented at the 2013 Brisbane September Home Show. We were delighted to meet & help a massive audience of visitors who shared their current concerns about their dampness issues.
It was particularly interesting to note how the change of seasons had influenced their home moisture problems from 'large scale' household problems to more' isolated room to room' moisture problems.
The most common concerns we found however, focused on health related issues, rather than the usual physical damage caused from home contents dampness issues. Many visitors spoke of respiratory issues from allergens like mould spores and dust mites.
Again, we were able to help many new Ausclimate friends and customers, educating about how to deal with these common issues and find solutions to their moisture problems. Many also took advantage of the great value Ausclimate dehumidifiers to dry out their problem areas and reduce these common triggers for their respiratory issues.
Noosa Civic Shopping Centre - (Today, 11/09 - Saturday 14/09)
Next up, we've just arrived at the Noosa Civic Shopping Centre and we'll be here every day through this Saturday. Come on down, say hello to Joanne & myself and find the solution to your home moisture problems! We'll also have details soon to come about our upcoming visit to Wollongong.
See you there!
Ausclimate Dehumidifier Display Robina Shopping Centre, Gold Coast 5-11 Aug 2013 & Maroochydore Sunshine Plaza 14-17 Aug 2013
An update for our local QLD followers. My partner Joanne & I will be providing Dehumidifier demonstrations over the coming weeks. We are expecting visitors from all around, looking for answers to their various mould and dampness issues.
No need to book, just come and visit us. Our full product range will be on display and available for purchase. I'll also be taking bookings for free home visits, personally tailoring specific solutions to moisture problems in your home!
We look forward to seeing you all in person at:
Robina Shopping Centre on the Gold Coast Aug 5-11 2013
Maroochydore Sunshine Plaza Aug 14-17 2013
See you there!
Your family’s comfort should always be your priority. Fortunately, products like Dehumidifiers lower humidity in the house to make your family more comfortable. This may increase your quality moments and draw your family and visitors closer to one-another.
Dehumidifiers can also be helpful to people with allergy problems. It controls the humidity in a room, reducing the existence of mould and dust mites. It also protects wooden materials such as floors and beams against damages caused by too much humidity. Dehumidifiers serve more functions than simply removing moisture from your house. In addition, you can save money not only on air conditioner and fan costs, but also on medicines and treatments. Dehumidifiers come in different sizes. Choose one according to the available space in your home. Choosing a size with less capacity than your home requires may result in disappointment, wasted energy and money.
Keep your dehumidifier clean to maintain its efficiency by removing musty odours by eliminating mould and mildew. Clean the exterior of the dehumidifier with warm water with a small amount of mild detergent. Check the filter of your unit once a month or so to ensure maximum efficiency.
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