Who would have thought that badly fitted insulation could lead to mould forming in a room below?
In this particular case you can see that the insulation in the attic space doesn’t reach the corner of the eaves properly and this in turn has caused a cold spot which has resulted in mould forming in the room below. As we all tend to use our attic space for storage, we can inadvertently moved loose insulation unknown to ourselves while putting things into and taking things out of our attic. Insulating your attic effectively will keep warm air in the main area of the house and your attic will remain cold as a result. As long as it is dry up there, this shouldn’t cause any issues if you’re only going up every now and then to grab a box.
Problems arise when moisture gets into the attic area and as you can see in this example it is exactly what happened.
Damp can set in and lead to mould, which can be tricky to get rid of.
The idea of insulation is to seal the inside of your home so that there are no cold spots where heat can escape to, which turns into a spot for moisture to form and create condensation and cause mould to form.
In this case, Mould Solutions treated the existing mould in the property and repaired the loose insulation in the attic.
We recommend checking your attic space to ensure all insulation is fitted correctly & neatly.
With the weather becoming colder and wetter, damp and mould might potentially be on the rise in your home – but there are ways to tackle and prevent it.
Firstly find the root cause, dont’ simply clean it yourself hoping it will keep it at bay. By wiping visible mould away you are releasing spores into the air, and therefore spreading it.
If left untreated, damp and mould can affect your health. This is especially true if you are elderly or have any underlying conditions. There are ways to find the exact cause of the damp, clean up the mould and minimise the risk of it returning.
The end result – a healthier home and happier family.
So, what is Mould?
Mould is a fungus which can be found indoors or outdoors. It loves living in our homes, as they provide the perfect conditions for it to thrive – warmth, moisture and food in the form of carpet, wood, paper, dust and dirt. Unless the issue is dealt with and removed, it will continue to grow.
Can it affect my health?
If you have a damp/mould issue in your home, you are more likely to already have or, to develop respiratory problems. It can also have an adverse affect on the immune system. This is bad news for anyone’s lungs, but it is very dangerous for vulnerable people with an underlying condition like asthma.
Risk Groups include the following:
Babies and young children
Those with existing skin conditions e.g. eczema
People with weak immune systems
Individuals with respiratory problems like asthma and allergies
I’m not in one of the high risk groups. Can Mould affect my health?
Mould produces irritants, allergens and sometimes toxic substances. Touching or inhaling mould spores may result in an allergic reaction, like sneezing, red eyes, a runny nose and a skin rash.
What causes damp and Mould?
Mould and damp are caused by an excess of moisture in the air. This can be caused by leaks in pipes, rising damp or rain seeping in due to damage to roof tiles or around window frames. Key areas for leaks are the kitchen & bathroom.
A newly-built home may be damp if the water used when building it is still drying out – for example the plaster on the walls. Some new builds are also so air tight that they do not allow fresh air to circulate around the home which results in damp & mould.
If you have mould or damp, it’s important to find out why you have excess moisture within your home.
You can help prevent damp/mould growth by:
Avoid drying washing inside
Open windows every morning to allow fresh air to circulate
Make sure your home is well insulated
Heat your home adequately
Put lids on saucepans while cooking and use sufficient extraction
When cooking, showering or bathing open the window, put the fan on and close the door of the room you’re in
When you know what’s causing the damp, take steps to limit the amount of moisture in the air and make sure your home is repaired. Tackling severe damp and mould problems may require an expert to assess your property and pinpoint exact causes.
One of the best ways to prevent a carbon monoxide leak is by paying close attention to potential sources. There are several places in the home which can produce carbon monoxide: a chimney, a portable heater, a fireplace, a portable barbecue, a tumble dryer, a gas oven, a fridge, and a water heater. Be on the lookout for “a distinctive, sulphur-like, rotten egg smell or hissing, whistling sounds” coming from a potential appliance. Staining or discolouration around an appliance can also be an indicator of a carbon monoxide leak, as can an appliance which is burning slowly or badly.
#2 Open the Flue
If you have a wood-burning stove or fireplace, make sure to keep it clean and ensure that the flue is working properly. Even if the fire appears to be out and simply smouldering, keep the flue open to let the gases escape. This preventative measure can be extremely effective in keeping a problem from developing
#3 Damp or Excess Humidity
Checking regularly for excess humidity or damp can help you to prevent a severe leak from taking hold of your home. Heavily frosted windows and moisture on windows and walls can indicate excessive humidity. Identifying these signs early can help stop a major leak before it becomes life-threatening.
#4 Turn off the engine
Carbon monoxide is produced when car engines are left running in a garage or other enclosed space. This is why it is so important to always turn off your car anytime it is in the garage. Harmful fumes can build up quickly so make sure your car is turned off the second you pull in, and don’t turn it on until just before you pull out.
Catching a problem early can make the difference between life and death! Carbon monoxide itself has no smell, but other fumes caused by burning may smell. If you detect any of these conditions, do not use/turn on the suspected appliance until it has been inspected by a Registered Gas Installer.
As Ireland recovers & normality resumes for most people, now is the time to check your home for storm damage caused by Hurricane Ophelia & Storm Brian. This should be done sooner rather than later as even small leaks or holes can lead to structural damage, mould & rot.
#1 Firstly you should ensure that there are no immediate threats to your safety If there’s a power cut it’s important to check for downed power lines that could present a safety hazard to you and your family. Never touch or move a downed power line, even if it appears to be inactive. Immediately turn off the gas if you smell gas in your home as this could indicate a break in the gas line. Do not take any risks with gas or electricity. If there’s any question in your mind, call in the professionals.
#2 Roof Inspection Inspect your roof for dents, broken slates, and holes (big and small). If extensive damage is obvious from the ground, be sure to hire a professional rather than trying to navigate the roof yourself. Check gutters and downspouts as even small breaks & dents can lead to bigger problems down the road.
#3 Assess Garage, Sheds & Fences If you have a garage, shed, fence or all of the above, take the time to carefully inspect for storm damage. These checks should be done as soon as possible, as this can help prevent all sorts of damage to the contents inside. Mending a partially broken fence can help eliminate a potential security threat to your property.
#4 Check the Attic The Attic is an area which is often overlooked and is the perfect haven for mould growth, rot and other water damage. If water leaks into your home and compromises your roof or weakens your walls, you could be looking at both structural damage and destroyed contents. It would be appropriate to check the attic regularly, but especially after extreme weather.
#5 Examine your floors, ceilings, windows and doors From shattered windows to sunken ceilings, and warped doors, a bad storm can cause damage to the interior of your house as well as the exterior. Inspect your flooring, doorways, windows and ceilings for things like cracks, warping and leaks, broken glass, bulging, water damage and any other physical damage.
#6 Take Photos of All Damage As you survey the inside and outside of your home, don’t forget to take photos of the storm damage. Don’t be afraid to document even the smallest thing, since overlooking it now could result in much larger issues in the future.