How to stop mould from growing in your home
Mould can cause major damage to your home if not properly prevented...and once it’s there, mould is notoriously hard to get rid of. Here’s how to effectively safeguard your home from mould.
Victoria has seen all sorts of weather patterns in the last few years, from cold and damp winters to flood-prone summers – both of which can cause excess moisture in the air and in the home. This excess moisture has the potential to cause mould on both indoor and outdoor surfaces.
“There’s a risk that mould may develop any time an area of your home is allowed to stay wet for an extended period,” says Head of RACV Trades Kieran Davies. Mould typically grows on walls and wallpaper, in wardrobes on clothes, in bathrooms, carpets, kitchens, books, insulation material, wood, and any other surface that doesn’t have proper ventilation, according to Davies.
With Victoria experiencing more wet weather thanks to the return of La Niña, as well as a negative Indian Ocean Dipole event, there has never been a more important time to protect your home from mould.
Mould in the home can be a much bigger problem than people think. “While mould is particularly concerning due to the health impacts on occupants, the unsightly marks may require re-plastering or painting affected areas,” Davies says. “Associated moisture can also cause significant damage and rotting to the timber structure of the roof or floor of a home and other wood like weatherboards.”