Mould spores can be hazardous to your health causing a range of symptoms including dizziness, nausea and difficulties breathing.
Getting rid of mould spores is a step by step process may include:
- Visual inspection
- Mould Testing
- Correction of Moisture ingress
- Using of an air scrubber or air purifier
- Creating a mould remediation plan
- Maintaining a normal mould ecology in your home after remediation.
If you are trying to get rid of mould spores in the home, it means there is most likely active mould growth in the property. It is best to look for it in areas which may hold moisture such as bathrooms, laundries, subfloor and roof space. Once you find active mould growth, you will need to treat it. A good place to start with the removal of mould is reading Australian Industry Guidelines such as the – Guidelines for Managing Mould and Dampness Related Public Health Risks in Buildings, Australian Mould Guidelines 2010 or the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification.
If you are having trouble finding active mould growth, visit our mould inspection page to find out more information about our mould inspection services.
Correction of moisture ingress
Once the location of the moisture source is found, it must be corrected. If the source of the moisture is from a leak, it must be fixed, or the mould may grow again and produce more mould spores.
After you have conducted an inspection, it may be important to know the extent of the mould spore contamination throughout the property. You can determine this through the use of mould air testing throughout the home. This is done by running an air sampler outside the property as well as running the sampler inside the property for 5 minutes. The results can be compared to find out the concentration of mould spores as well as the types of mould inside the home. This information is important to know if firstly there is a mould spore problem and if it could affect your health. The information from mould testing can also be used as information to find out which rooms may need to be remediated and which rooms do not.
Mould Testing can be conducted with a DIY mould Test kit or by engaging a company to do a mould inspection.
Using an Air Scrubber to get rid of Mould Spores
A Hepa rated air scrubber can be used to remove airborne mould spores in the home. The HEPA sized media is small enough that it can catch mould spores within the unit. When hiring a unit, ensure to ask the provider if the units have been serviced, with primary filters checked for contamination before it is hired.
Find out more about our Hepa air scrubbers for hire.
Creating a mould remediation plan
A qualified mould inspector can create a scope to get rid of mould spores. This scope and report can be passed on to yourself or a professional remediator to restore the property. If you are tasked with creating your own plan, it is advisable to follow industry guidelines as mentioned above.
Maintaining a normal mould ecology in your home after remediation.
After mould remediation it is important to maintain an environment that does not encourage excess moisture. Sometimes this may require you to use a dehumidifier or air scrubber to maintain the air quality to a certain standard.
However, if you have addressed the moisture source and remediated the property to acceptable industry standards then dehumidification and air scrubbers may not be necessary.
We provide expert mould testing services to Brisbane and Sydney as well as equipment hire to help you have a safe home, free of excess mould spores. Be sure to contact us if you have any questions.