Moulds are simple microscopic organisms that can be found everywhere in our environment. There are 20,000 different types of mould - a common problem in British Columbia. It can often be difficult to see the full extent of a mould problem. While some mould spores are expected to be found in every area of our environment, high concentrations of mould spores found indoors can cause major health problems.
Health issues associated with high concentrations of mould spores include asthmatic and allergic symptoms, such as a runny or stuffy nose, respiratory issues, itchy eyes, skin problems, and headaches. Other potential symptoms of mould illness include muscle and joint pain, gastrointestinal issues, anxiety, and even depression.
While the health issues related to working in a mould contaminated environment is incentive enough to deal with your mould problem, ignoring mould growth can lead to structural damage over time. Because mould feeds on and breaks down organic materials, such as the wooden frame of your home or building, leaving mould problems untouched can lead to compromised structural integrity of your building.
Mould can often be difficult to see, as it tends to grow just out of sight. Mould can often be found growing on drywall, behind wallpaper, under carpeting, on the tops of ceiling tiles, surrounding pipes within walls, and within heating or HVAC systems. Because of these out of sight mould breeding grounds, it can be difficult to see the full extent of a mould problem just by doing a visual survey.
People can oftentimes discover a mould problem if they begin to notice a musty smell when they enter the building. Sometimes you will even be able to see mould growing somewhere within the building. If you can see mould growth, don't take it lightly - it's likely just the beginning of the mould growth present.
Some people begin to wonder about the air quality of a building when they begin to feel ill. These people will realize they feel noticeably better once they've been out of the building for a period of time, and worse after spending the day in the building. This is a big indicator that something is going on within the building, and it shouldn't be taken lightly.
If you think there's a problem with mould in your building, the first thing to do is have a knowledgeable company out to do a survey of your property. They can help you determine if there's a mould problem, and the extent of the issue.
The process of cleaning mould stirs up spores that can quickly contaminate buildings and create air quality problems. This is why it's crucial that a reputable company performs your mould remediation. The last thing you want is for the mould spores to spread to other areas of your office and create problems down the road.
Because unchecked mould can lead to serious structural damage, as well as compromise the health of people within the building, it's important to deal with mould as soon as possible. In addition to removing all mould growth, it's essential to deal with any potential sources of moisture - such as leaks or high levels of humidity - in order to keep your building mould-free.
Don't ignore the mouldy smell or black spots you've noticed around your building - if you do it can result in structural damage.
Tell us a bit about your situation and we'd be happy to provide you with a free quote and advice for how to best get rid of the mould.