Over 45% of our homes have visible mould which can have a huge impact on our health contributing to asthma and respiratory illness problems. However there are simple, economic ways to combat mould and breathe easy. Its all about reducing the amount of moisture in your home.
Excessive dampness in your home can lead to mould growth and have a direct effect on your health. Mould is a type of fungi and grows in warm, damp, preferable dark environments with an organic food to eat.
Moisture in our homes comes from many sources:
External sources of moisture include:
Mould removal starts with drying out your home and killing the mould and its spores.
Initially it’s about how we limit and remove this excess moisture from our homes.
Mould in the home can be removed using a mix of 70% white vinegar with 30 % water,
which is sprayed on to the mouldy surfaces and left for 15 minutes. The vinegar and mould are removed with hot soapy water. This will need to be repeated if the mould returns or until the humidity levels in the home are reduced.
When cleaning off mould wear a dust mask and gloves especially if you have respiratory issues.
For more help and advice on your existing or new home contact
Richard Morrison the Kāpiti Coast District Council's Eco Design Advisor
ph: 04 296 4651 m: 027 5555 651 e: firstname.lastname@example.org