Elements employ staff who possess the highest restoration industry recognised Mould Remediation Certification and are trained to relate the interrelatedness of building systems and the predominance of situations where indoor environmental quality is impacted by multiple problems or contaminants. They are trained to identify what is impacting the interior of a building and which remediation approaches are most appropriate for improving the indoor environment. Certified Mould Professionals are trained to recognize a consensus Body of Knowledge which comes from varying private and governmental sources, and represents Best Industry Practice.
With all of the hype over the past few years about mould, it's hard to know truth from fiction, There are a few key factors that are important to recognise:
Why is it that it's only been the last few years that mould in our indoor environment has become an issue? It only seems that way. A heightened awareness of mould via the internet and social media, energy conservation measures in buildings, fast track construction methods and changes in building materials have all led to a rise in information and the awareness of mould growth in our buildings and it's impact on our health.
Mould exists everywhere, in the air, in the water and in the soil. For the most, we live in perfect harmony. Some moulds are even friendly like the yeast in our bread or mushrooms and some medications for example. It's when mould follows us into our homes and workplaces, and where given the right circumstances that they may present a problem. This is particularly important to remember when we are looking at remediation to indoor environments. We are not looking to eliminating or removing all mould in the affected area. We are looking to return the area to what would be considered normal for a similar indoor environment.
Health Effects of mould
Not all people are adversely affected by mould, Just as some people a prone to hay fever in the Spring, some people are susceptible to reactions to mould. Some groups are more sensitive than others such as infants, the elderly and/or people who have suppressed immune systems.
Some species of mould produce mycotoxins that can pose health risks.
There is ongoing research into the area of exposure to mould being harmful to our health.
Symptoms that may be caused by mould include:
• Respiratory illness or asthma
• Watery, itchy, red eyes
• Chronic cough
• Headaches or migraines
• Rashes (dermatitis)
• Sinus problems, blocked nose
• Frequent sneezing
Individuals with persistent health problems are advised to see their Doctor.
General Household Maintenance
Check the roof for leaks and broken tiles regularly
Fix leaky plumbing as soon as possible
Ensure weep holes on the outside of the building are not blocked. Weep holes allow drainage of water and the escape of vapour pressure from internal walls
Over winter and spring, the weep holes in window frames (aluminium frames) can get clogged. If clogged, water will stand in the lower window frame sections
Check for doors or windows that may have broken seals
Ensure vents and air ducts are not clogged
Check for leaky toilets and that bathtub & kitchen sinks seals are undamaged;
Swollen or crumbling walls or buckling floor boards should be removed; and
Check for stained ceiling or wall materials
Check for leaking fittings on appliances such as refrigerators, dishwashers and washing machines
THE KEY TO PREVENTING MOULD IT TO KEEP IT DRY
My house has a mouldy smell but I can not see any mould. Where is it?
It is possible that mould may be growing on hidden surfaces, such as:
The opposite side of plaster walls, wallpaper or panelling
Inside ceiling spaces - frames and insulation
The underside of carpets, underlay or vinyl subfloors
Inside walls around pipes (with leaking or condensing pipes), and drains
Wood siding where the paint has cracked and water has intruded
Behind dishwashers and refrigerators
Underneath kitchen, bathroom and laundry cabinetry
If you would like further advice in relation to Mould in your home or work place please contact us on
PHONE 1300 652237
All Mould Remediation Services are conducted in accordance with the Industry Consensus Standard of Care which represents best practice for the Professional Remediation of Mould in the indoor environment.