10 Interesting Facts About Mould
WARNING These 10 interesting facts may be distressing, but do NOT despair…
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1. There are over 10,000 Different Species of Mould.
While mould is an important part of our ecosystem, some of these are harmful to our health. Among the most harmful mould species are three that have been dubbed the “three wicked sisters”. They include the Penicillium, Aspergillus and Stachybotys Chartarism (black mould). Moulds plays a vital role in the natural environment by breaking down and recycling plant matter such as leaves and dead trees, when found growing indoors in high numbers, however, they can present a significant health hazard to you and your family.
2. Mould is Used in Biological Warfare
Mycotoxins are naturally occurring substances produced by mould and can be toxic to animals and humans. T-2 mycotoxin, a naturally occurring mould by-product, is so toxic that a huge percentage of the US army biological War research is on this toxin. In fact, T-2 mycotoxin has been used in war time situations as a biological war agent. In aerosol form it is referred to as “yellow rain” and was used in Vietnam, Laos, and several other wars.
3. Mould Damage Causes More Than Half a Trillion Dollars Per Year in the US Alone.
The cost of mould damage is difficult to assess: there’s the health consequences of mould, the structural integrity of property and loss of belongings. So much of this is preventable. The benefits of prevention far out way the cost.
4. The Dangers of Toxic Mould are Stated Over 2,000 Years Ago in the Bible.
According to Leviticus 14, 35-48, if toxic black mould was found on a stone within a house then the stone was to be removed and taken outside of the city. Anyone who had lived or eaten in the house had to wash themselves. If the mould appeared on more stones in the house after this then the house was to be dismantled and the stones placed outside the city.
5. Living with Mould can Have a Negative Effect on Your Mood.
A health study led by Brown University found a link between regular old household mould and depression. The study included data from the World Health Organization of nearly 6,000 people in Europe. A healthy home makes for a healthy life and the physical and emotional effects of this are priceless!
6. Mould Can Damage the Systems in Your Body and Cause Serious Health Problems.
It may start with a wheezy cough, headaches or rashes, but left untreated, exposure to indoor moulds can have long term health consequences. Exposure to indoor moulds can damage the systems of your body in the following ways:
- Vascular: blood vessel fragility, haemorrhage from tissues or lungs
- Digestive: diarrhoea, vomiting, haemorrhage, liver damage, fibrosis and necrosis
- Respiratory: Chronic sinusitis, trouble breathing, bleeding from lungs, ASTHMA
- Neurological: tremors, loss of coordination, headaches, depression, multiple sclerosis
- Skin: rashes, burning, sloughing, photosensitivity
- Urinary: kidney toxicity
- Reproductive: infertility, changes in reproductive cycles
- Immune: Immunosuppression
7. Dead Mould Spores are just as Dangerous as Live Spores.
It’s common misconception that killing mould is getting rid of the problem. Dead mould is just as dangerous to the human lung as living mould. You made have heard of King Tutankhamen’s Tomb. In 1922, a team of British archaeologists in Egypt found the tomb and by 1929, the eleven people associated with the tomb died of early and “unnatural” causes and this is how the myth of the “Mummy’s Curse” evolved. In reality, the actual cause of death of was the result of inhaling dead Aspergillus mould spores and this is the reason that Archaeologists today wear respirators and suits when they are on a dig site.
8. Bleach Doesn’t Kill Mould
Not only is bleach toxic, it doesn’t effectively kill mould. You can remove black spots that mould causes with bleach, but it does not kill the mould at its roots and so you will find the mould growing back quickly. It is important to kill AND physically remove (wipe/ wash) any mould contaminated items and surfaces.
9. Your Nose is One of The Most Effective Ways to Determine if you have a Mould Problem.
How do you know if you have mould problem? You may see the mould, but often it’s your nose that knows! Mould can look fury, slimy or powdery. It can appear in different colours. But MOST MOULD IS INVISABLE. Mould is microscopic fungi. In fact, it is said that 250,000 spores can fit on a pinhead! So, the remember; if you can smell that musty, damp, earthy smell but can’t see mould, don’t be fooled into thinking you don’t have a mould problem in your home.
10. Without a Doubt, You CAN Control the Level of Mould in Your Home.
Mould needs water to grow. Whether it’ high humidity, leaky pipes, condensation, damp subflooring, or flooding cause a dampness in your home, there are solutions.
The best way to control mould in homes is to control moisture.
Yes, mould is a part of all our lives in our homes, offices, clothing, even on our skin, but whether it becomes a problem to our health and home is something we can control.
Damp Solutions offers the very best advice and products for the prevention of mould in your home. Wherever you are in Australia, give us a call to find out more about proven solutions that work. We help with homes, businesses and industry.
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