Following on from recent press around the tragic death of young Awaab Ishaak in Rochdale, a coroner stated that “Awaab Ishak died as a result of a severe respiratory condition caused due to prolonged exposure to mould in his home environment,” she said. “Action to treat and prevent the mould was not taken. His respiratory condition led to respiratory arrest,”.
It is important to raise awareness about the risks associated with mould in the house, whether caused by damp, condensation, or a leak/flooding. By managing these situations quickly, health risks can be minimised.
What is mould? Mould is a type of fungus that can grow in damp or humid environments, such as bathrooms, basements, and other areas of the home. It can appear in a variety of colors, including black, green, and white, and can have a musty or earthy odor.
How does mould affect health? Exposure to mould can cause a variety of health problems, including allergies, asthma, and respiratory infections. It can also irritate the eyes, skin, nose, and throat, and in some cases, it can cause more severe reactions, such as fever or difficulty breathing. Some people may be more sensitive to mould than others, including children, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems.
How to prevent mould growth: To prevent mould growth, it is important to keep indoor humidity levels low, below 60% relative humidity. Promptly fixing leaks and other sources of moisture lower the risks, and ensure proper ventilation in areas of the home that are susceptible to mould growth, such as bathrooms and kitchens. It is also important to clean and dry any areas of the home that have been affected by water damage within 24 to 48 hours to prevent mould growth.
How to remove mould: If you do find mould growing in your home, it is important to remove it promptly to prevent further growth and to minimize the potential health risks. It is generally recommended to hire a professional restoration company such as ourselves, to safely and effectively remove the mould. We have highly trained technicians and specialist equipment for this, separate from our general cleaning teams.
We would typically neutralise mould be removing the areas where mould is growing, but can also use chemicals and ozone generators when appropriate. We also carry out a moisture survey, and when mould has appeared due to high moisture levels we would use dehumidifiers and air dryers to return the area to a safe level. Lastly, where damage has been done we are able to carry out remedial works including redecoration, and replacement of plastering and redecoration services; returning your property to it’s previous condition.
If you have any queries about our services, or you have a mould problem at home, please don’t hesitate to contact us via our website.