Types of Mould – Home Damage & Disrepair Claims

Types of Mould

Mould can have various effects on a person’s health, depending on what type it is and how long the person has been exposed to it. Therefore, tenants should inform as soon as possible to prevent long-term health issues. 

Where they grow and how to recognise them

As of us know that mould growth can severely affect a person’s health. Knowing how to prevent mould is the easiest way to prevent it from affecting you and your family. Mould grows in dark and damp environments, 15-25 C. Unlike plants, mould does not require light to develop; it only requires water and a food source (organic material) to grow.

Mould is adaptable, it can grow anywhere, and its spores stay on surfaces, even if they will not grow there. Once the survey conditions favour the mould, growth will begin. The most common place where mould will grow is roofs, walls, pipes or where there is flooding. The types of mould that grow in these areas are Cladosporium, Penicillium and Aspergillus.

Certain types of mould grow in more favourable conditions than others. Therefore, they do not naturally grow in the houses; however, spores can be brought from outside into your home.

In most cases, mould is a minor issue; however, if left unchecked, it can spread quickly around your home, making your food mouldy. It can also cause rashes to develop and worsen pre-existing conditions.

How does mould affect your health?

Most types of mould are harmless in short exposures. However, most that grow in your home can have long-lasting effects the longer you are exposed to them. This effect will show quicker in the elderly, children, pregnant women, and people with pre-existing health conditions.

The IOM (institution of medicine) found evidence linking mould and respiratory compromises. These can consist of but are not limited to coughing and wheezing. Other studies have suggested that mould exposure to children can lead to them developing asthma, memory loss and lethargy.

Mould sensitivity

Just like other illnesses, we can develop sensitivity to mould. Symptoms can be mild, consisting of coughing, sneezing, shortness of breath, watering or sore eyes, irritation on the skin or headaches.

Existing conditions

The mould will worsen if someone in your family suffers from a compromised immune system. This is most likely to happen to people that suffer from lung-based illnesses.

Breathing problems

As moulds prefer moist, damp areas to grow, a person’s lungs are an ideal place for them to reproduce. Unfortunately, this will can cause a person to develop asthma-like symptoms.