Is it Safe to Clean Mould by Yourself?

From your bathroom to your living room, finding mould growing in your home can be very distressing, leaving you searching for a quick fix. While some at-home remedies do exist, it’s extremely important to know exactly what you are doing and to own the necessary solutions required to remove the mould.
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Even with the above covered, cleaning the mould yourself is most often only a short-term solution, one that can also put your health and the health of your family at risk.


Today, we want to cover why cleaning mould by yourself is not only inadvisable, but why it can potentially exacerbate the issue itself. 


Contacting a professional mould removal service to assess the situation does not need to be daunting.


Here at Mould Removal London, our friendly and knowledgeable team can assist you every step of the way, from first contact to the eradication of mould from your property.


Don’t hesitate to get in touch should you have any queries.


Let’s begin by covering some questions which cover mould growth in the home.


Are you experiencing symptoms of contact with mould?


Mould, as a form of fungus, produces spores as it grows.


These spores can contain irritants and toxins, which in turn can have a profoundly negative effect on the people who live in the property.


Depending on the severity of the mould issue, these health implications can range from minor to extremely serious. 


According to the National Health Service, inhaling mould spores can cause “an allergic reaction, such as sneezing, a runny nose, red eyes and skin rash. Moulds can also cause asthma attacks.”(1)


For those with respiratory issues, or who have a compromised/developing immune system, such as babies or the elderly, the impact of mould can be much greater.


If you notice these symptoms after spending even a prolonged period of time in your property, then you may be facing a mould issue. 


We recommend getting in contact with our expert team who can quickly identify the issue for you.


If it is mould, then we can proceed further with addressing the issue itself.


Do you own the necessary equipment?


While it can be tempting to try to remove the mould yourself, in order to do so effectively you require more advanced equipment, such as a fogging machine.


This machine treats the air, removing harmful floating spores which can cause mould to spread.


While cleaning very small patches of mould yourself is possible, it’s important to note that this is not a long-term solution, as it is likely there are still mould spores in the air, which have been disturbed by the clean.


Here at Mould Removal London, we provide a free air treatment with every mould cleaning service, utilising advanced cleaning equipment.


Our goal is for you to enjoy a safer and cleaner living environment, without you having to worry about the mould returning.


Is the patch greater in size than 3 by 3 feet?


According to the Environmental Protection Agency, mould patches greater than 3 by 3 feet should under no circumstances be treated by a non-professional.


Mould patches of this size most likely have an underlying source which needs to be treated by an expert, and attempting to clean it with household goods will likely only exacerbate the issue.


You may instead be tackling multiple patches of small mould in your property, in which case contacting an experienced mould remediation team is also advisable, as it may also be growing in locations you are unaware of, such as in soft furnishings like your carpet.


If you’ve noticed a dark patch of mould growing within your property, the sooner you act, the better. 


Do you know how to tackle the root of the issue?


It is often the case that there is a larger underlying issue which has caused the mould to grow so aggressively.


It may be that there is a humidity issue, for instance a pipe may be leaking, causing a rise in humidity and damp, consequently promoting the growth of mould.


A professional team will quickly be able to identify the root cause of the issue, saving you time and effort spent trying to figure it out for yourself.


It can also help to save you money; established mould decomposes organic material, which can ultimately damage the structural integrity of your building.


It’s not worth the risk to turn a blind eye, when you may be facing costly repair fees.


Can you smell mould, but are unsure where it is?


Mould traditionally has a distinct musty smell, with some describing it as earthy and similar to the smell of decaying wood.


In any case, it is unpleasant, and you’ll quickly know about it.


Research is still being conducted regarding the list of symptoms one may experience when exposed to the smell of mould, however many have reported headaches, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, and more.


If you’re unsure about whether you are detecting mould in your property, why not call our friendly and knowledgeable team, who will talk you through the common signs of mould and assess whether or not you are experiencing these.


We’re here to help


Research from the UK government has found that as many as 50% of UK households may be tackling a form of black mould.


If you’ve noticed mould in your property, then it’s highly advisable that you get in touch with a professional cleaning team.


We will assess whether there is a deeper underlying reason for the growth and remove all traces of it from your property.


To learn more about our mould remediation services, get in touch today on 0203 130 4068.


We’re happy to answer any questions or queries you may have about our offering.

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