Toxic mould has become a preeminent concern for property owners. However, mould contamination can be prevented through measures that control moisture, and respond efficiently to a water leak or discovery of an emerging mould condition.
The term “mould” or “mold” describes more than a million species of microscopic fungi that grow on wet organic matter. Its many varieties can be found naturally outdoors as well as in indoor environments. As a rule, “healthy” buildings contain levels of mould similarly found in outdoor environments. When excess moisture is present, mould problems can spread and reproduce rapidly.
FOR MOULD TO GROW IT REQUIRES OXYGEN PLUS:
Temperate climate (typically above 70 degrees Fahrenheit).
Existence of nutrient source such as wood, paper, or other cellulose or carbon-based material.
Moisture (high humidity rather than pooled or running/dripping water is sufficient).
When these criteria are satisfied, mould growth can begin within 48 hours. Once mould growth begins, the problem becomes more complicated.