Mould Removal In Melbourne
Need Mould Removal experts in Melbourne? Don’t risk your health by trying to clean or remove mould yourself. Mould can be toxic causing long term health impacts such as respiratory issues, asthma, airway irritation and a host of health complications, and in some cases even fatal. Jim’s Hazardous Materials Removal team are experts in:
- mould identification & testing
- identifying the cause or source of mould contamination
- mould cleaning & removal
- mould remediation
- mould prevention
Our Melbourne team are professionally trained in the safest and most effective practices of mould management.
Tiny mould spores are invisible to the naked eye, and float freely in the air. Merely inhaling or touching these spores can cause allergic reactions including asthma attacks, skin irritation, itchy eyes, shortness of breath and poor lung function. Untreated, it can impact both children and susceptible adults (usually those with allergies or a poor immune system) very sick.
What is mould?
Mould is a type of fungus which can be present in both outdoor and indoor environments and is generally the result of wet or poorly ventilated areas, which are continuously damp. Mould requires moisture to grow, as well as a food source, oxygen and warm temperatures – this is why mould commonly develops in bathrooms. It produces microscopic particles which can become airborne and then inhaled by humans and animals.
Signs that you might have a moisture problem include:
- Water stains or discoloration on walls, floors or ceilings in your house.
- Surface abnormalities such as peeling or bubbling paint/wallpaper may indicate dampness.
- You may smell a ‘musty’ odour which is a strong sign that mould is present.
Common places where mould can develop include bathrooms, wallpaper, tiles, carpets and ceilings. It is also possible that mould can grow within insulation materials and wooden structures.
The five stage mould remediation process
1. Mould Inspection and Testing
Working collaboratively with Jim’s Hazardous Material Removal Melbourne, the team from Jim’s Building Inspections will diagnose the cause of the mould through a visual inspection and with the use of moisture and humidity meters.
Clients will receive a detailed report of findings and diagnosis, together with recommendations of achievable and realistic preventative actions to remove the mould problem.
2. Mould Correction
The source of the moisture needs to be corrected first, and this may be caused by a range of problems from roof or ceiling leaks, plumbing leaks, poor ventilation, issues with sub-floor water drainage or a combination of factors. The detailed inspection carried out by the Jim’s team of technicians will provide clear advice on corrective steps that need to be undertaken to seal off or prevent moisture sources. This may require the involvement of specialist trades such as roofers, plumbers, carpenters, tilers, electricians, etc. Sometimes, this might also include educating occupants on the need for appropriate “airflow” and healthy “humidity” levels.
3. Mould Removal Process
The mould removal process varies depending on the source and the extent of the mould. As a general guide, the process is outlined below for the majority of mould remediations:
- Our removalists will perform a ‘fogging’ of the property with a non-toxic and non-corrosive chemical. This chemical is misted throughout the indoor environment and kills mould at the source, removing any airborne spores.
- HEPA vacuums are then used to remove spores from walls, ceilings, doors, door frames, windows, soft furnishings, floors and carpets.
- Any dislodged airborne mould spores and bacteria are captured by the air scrubbers. This is a vital point of difference in method as studies have shown that dead mould spores are just as toxic as live spores (and can still be a source of food for living mould spores).
4. The Dry Out
Following the mould removal process, our technicians will ensure that the affected area is properly dried out. This part of the process is important because if the moisture remains, the mould will simply grow back again. Technicians will use air movers and dehumidifiers to dry out the building and ensure that the affected structures are completely dry.
5. Mould Prevention
Finally, it is time to make sure that the mould removal is permanent, which can only be achieved if the original root cause has been rectified. There are a number of other steps that can be taken to help prevent mould re-growing in the future, such as:
- Rising damp treatment
- Draining improvements
- Fixing of water leaks
- Improving overall ventilation and airflow
- Cutting trees back and away from the home
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