Remove Mould, Mould Remediation, Treatment & Prevention, Adelaide
Mould can be toxic, so if you have noticed mould growing in your home or office here in Adelaide, you will need to seek mould remediation services. Fortunately, O’Shea’s is able to help. We can remediate mould and prevent it from returning, so you can enjoy your space with complete peace of mind.
What is mould?
A type of fungus, mould is made up of small organisms found almost everywhere. In the outdoor environment, mould is present to help break down dead leaves, plants and trees – thriving in wet areas. Mould can also be found indoors, in places that are poorly ventilated and damp. Not only do they require moisture to thrive, but also oxygen and warm temperatures. Mould can be black, white, orange, purple or green.
Where does mould grow?
When in small amounts, mould spores are usually harmless but when they start to grow on a surface, spores can be released into the air where they can be inhaled easily. Invisible to the naked eye, they float freely in the air and can make children as well as susceptible adults sick. The common places where mould can develop include bathrooms, wallpaper, tiles, furniture, kitchens, basements, laundry rooms, carpets and ceilings. Mould can also grow within insulation materials and wooden structures.
Dangerous effects of mould exposure
The longer the mould grows, the more damage it can cause. Symptoms of mould exposure include but are not limited to:
- Nasal congestion and running nose
- Sore throat and cough
- Skin irritations
- Asthma attacks or asthma-like symptoms
- Difficulty breathing, wheezing or shortness of breath
- Eye irritation
However, the effects of mould can differ from person to person. The children and adults who are more susceptible to these symptoms and other serious health effects include those with:
- Weakened immune systems
- Severe asthma
- Chronic, obstructive, or allergic lung diseases
If not remediated in a timely manner, mould can trigger respiratory infections and worsen asthma and allergic conditions. Therefore, it is advisable to remove mould from your home in Adelaide as soon as possible.
Tips to prevent mould in your home
Even though it may be impossible to completely remove mould spores, the first step will be to remove the moisture as this will significantly prevent or eliminate the mould growth altogether. If you already find mould present in your home, it is key to clean it up and control the source of moisture. Below are some helpful tips to implement around the house:
- Installation of dehumidifiers and air conditioners to reduce the moisture in the air
- Addition of insulation to cold surfaces such as exterior walls, floors and windows to minimise condensation
- Ensure that wet areas are dry within 24 to 48 hours
- Open doors between rooms and using fans to increase circulation
- Regularly check for leaks around the home and to repair them efficiently
- Avoid leaving damp clothes or towels on the floor, in the laundry basket or dryer
- Ensure crawl spaces are well ventilated with fans and vents installed, if necessary
- Having exhaust fans remove moisture to the outside
As the accumulation of moisture and condensation is one of the main factors behind mould growth, the easiest method to remove mould is to ventilate the room by opening a door or window, and to use exhaust fans wherever available.
If you are unsure about mould and its possible implications, you can contact the experts to help you remove mould in Adelaide. Trained in the safest and most effective practices of mould remediation in Adelaide, your local professionals will help ensure that the removal of mould in your home is permanent and offer invaluable advice on how to prevent any mould re-growing incidents in the future.
Mould remediation: A professional approach to treating mould
Our team is qualified and experienced in treating mould. What kind is it? Is it dormant or still active? To begin, we apply an air sampling technique to determine what we’re dealing with. Once that has been assessed, we are able to determine our approach.
Some mould infestations require ozone treatment, while others call for biocides and anti-microbials. Our team is fully trained to know when each of these approaches is necessary, and we are also equipped to do it all ourselves.
As part of our mould remediation services, we will decontaminate the mould, remove it, and clean the affected areas. If the contents of your home or office have been affected by the mould, we can make a recommendation as to whether they can be cleaned or if they should be disposed of.
Finally, to ensure that the mould is truly gone, we are able to test and confirm via air sampling. We also recommend that mould prevention paint be applied to the reclaimed areas to ensure that the mould will not return in a hurry.
Do you need mould remediation services?
In most homes and businesses, small amounts of mould can be cleaned up easily without you having to call in the professionals. However, if you have discovered mould that is covering a large area of your home – roughly one metre square or more – then it is important to get the experts in for the job.
Particularly if the occupants of your home or business are asthmatic, mould can give off toxic spores or vapours, resulting in hypersensitivity or allergic reactions, as well as asthma or flu-like symptoms. Buildings that have been flooded or areas that have had prolonged mould build-up should also be thoroughly inspected and cleaned by a professional, using the right products and equipment.
Why should you choose O’Shea’s?
With 27 years of experience under our belts, O’Shea’s has built a solid reputation for providing excellent mould remediation services here in Adelaide. We are locally owned and operated, and only use fully trained technicians for all of our services. Our team is committed to achieving outstanding results and ensuring that our customers receive the highest level of customer service possible.
Here at O’Shea’s, we take pride in the high standard of our work and after sales service, and we are also able to:
- Offer flexible appointment times
- Assist at short notice
- Complete multiple services so you don’t have to make several phone calls to book all the jobs you need
- Remove difficult stains
- Negotiate pricing for commercial customers
If you’re suffering from mould growth and need mould remediation services, look no further than O’Shea’s. Contact us today at 08 8355 5727 to organise a quote. With our thorough approach to help remove mould in Adelaide, you will be resting easy in no time!