Mould growth can be a serious issue for homeowners, with the potential to cause health problems and damage your property. Thankfully, mould removal and restoration is possible—especially when it’s addressed early on. While the mould remediation process can be challenging, it doesn’t have to be: calling in the professionals can have its benefits. 

In this post, we’ll discuss what mould is, the health risks associated with it, and how to identify, remove and restore it.

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While it’s possible to clean mould in the home yourself, it can be safer and more effective to call in professional mould cleaners. With the help of specialists, you can get your home back to its former glory. Restoration Specialists are experienced in the mould remediation process, and will take the time not only to clean and restore unsightly staining—we will also take steps to prevent future mould growth. Restoration professionals have the experience and equipment necessary to properly remove mould from your home or office quickly and safely.

Mould and Health Problems

While mould occurs naturally in our environment, it can still cause health problems when allowed to grow indoors and in damp environments. Black mould can make a space feel unhealthy to live in.

Some people may not experience any health problems as a result of coming into contact with mould spores. For other people exposed to mould in these environments, health problems can include:

  • Chronic respiratory conditions e.g. asthma
  • Toxigenic and allergenic health issues
  • Irritation of eyes and/or skin
  • Nasal congestion, sneezing, coughing and/or wheezing

Those with weakened immune systems, allergies, severe asthma and chronic obstructive or allergic lung diseases are most likely to experience symptoms of mould exposure.

Why Hire Specialists for Removing Mould?

Mould removal is not a DIY project. It is important to use the proper safety gear and equipment when dealing with mould, as it can cause health problems if ingested or inhaled. Professionals will use specialised equipment to remove mould from affected areas, and will also take steps to prevent it from spreading.

As a professional mould cleaner, Restoration Specialists can stop the spread of fungus in your home. For black mould removal in Auckland, our solutions ensure your indoor environment is the best condition for you.

Professional mould treatments can educate you on signs of mould to look out for: as well as teaching you how to best prevent it. Mould remediation is more likely to be comprehensive and long-lasting: as specialists use special equipment to identify growth. 

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As mould remediation specialists, here are a few benefits that come with Restoration Specialists.

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Who do we Service?

Mould damage can happen anywhere; no matter the industry or location. We’ve provided mould treatment across New Zealand, with some of our clients including:

  • Insurance providers
  • Loss adjusters
  • Facilities managers
  • Claims managers
  • Government agencies
  • Healthcare facilities
  • Homeowners and tenants
  • Property managers
  • Real estate agencies
  • Property investors
  • Body corporates
  • Food processing facilities
  • Defence force

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Why Does Mould Grow on Walls?

Mould grows on walls because of humidity. But, there are many steps that occur before you may spot surface mould on the wall. 

In order to reproduce, mould produces tiny particles called spores. Spores are invisible to the naked eye, and are carried in the air. If your indoor areas have a lot of moisture in the air, this can create damp which spores can easily land on.

Spores may cause health problems if inhaled, so it’s vital to call in a restoration specialist before damp surfaces spread into a complex mould problem. Generally, black toxic mould will grow and spread after a surface has been wet or moist for at least 72 hours.

The Difference Between Black Mould and Other Types of Mould

Toxic black mould (stachybotrys chartarum) can cause allergic reactions and health problems, and needs to be dealt with in a timely manner.  But although many moulds are black in appearance, this doesn’t always mean that they are toxic. So how do you know whether mould is a risk to your health? 

Non-toxic types of mould can appear as black, dark blue or green. It will generally have a musty smell, and can appear in the home; as well as in foods and outdoors. Some types of mould may worsen allergies, but will only make you ill after regular and repeated exposure.

The common types of mould, their toxicity and properties are listed in the table below.

Type of mould

Toxicity to humans

Colour

Alternaria

Non toxic, but highly allergenic

White/brown/black

Aspergillus

Non toxic, but can lead to infections if immunocompromised

Green/blue grey – can come in multiple colours

Botrytis

No, but highly allergenic

Dark smoky grey

Cladosporium

No, but heavy exposure could worsen allergies and/or asthma

Dark green/grey or black

Mucor

Yes

Multiple colours

Penicillium

Yes

Green/grey/white

What is the Mould Restoration Process?

Mould restoration is a fully transparent process at Restoration Specialists, and involves just a few simple steps.

1. Inspection and Report

We assess damp areas indoors or outdoors, as well as detecting spore particles in the air. Based on our assessment of the mould and its potential for harmful effects, we provide you with a report of key locations and the required work. This includes a detailed cost breakdown, so you can rest assured that you’re getting a reasonable rate.

2. Mould Removal and Restoration

Our experienced specialists undertake the mould removal and restoration process. Restoration Specialists are known for being minimally invasive, as we remove physical mould at a fraction of the usual cost or inconvenience.

3. Mould Remediation

Since mould spores are microscopic, it is technically not possible to completely remove all mould. Mould remediation returns particle levels to healthy and safe levels, while accepting that the mould cannot be removed completely. Rather, mould remediation involves cleaning up the spores and providing advice to prevent future mould regrowth.

Where Does Mould Grow?

Mould growth can happen indoors or outdoors, and thrives in damp, dark, steamy or humid environments. In fact, mould cannot grow without moistures. 

You’re more likely to find mould in your: 

  • Walls and wallpaper
  • Ceilings
  • Bathroom tiles
  • Carpets
  • Insulation material
  • Organic material eg. wood
  • Kitchens
  • Storage areas

Contact Restoration Specialists today and gain peace of mind that your family is free from mould and its impacts.