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Our experts offer toxic mould removal service in the United Kingdom with effective preventive treatment, sampling and testing for your building.
Our contractors are experts in diagnosing condensation, and mould growth. Our team on hand to advise you, detect and give a report on residential and commercial property problems to ensure the correct scientifically proven remedial response is undertaken with a clear understanding of the root cause and potential resolutions.
Air Quality Testing
Moulds and fungi are found all over the world and are necessary for breaking down the process of wood, leaves, and other plant debris. These microscopic organisms can enter into a building directly or by their spores being carried in by the air. They are usually found growing on wood, drywall (Sheetrock®/plaster/gypsum, fabric, upholstery, drapery, wallpaper, carpeting ceiling, tiles, etc)
For it to grow it needs a source of moisture. It’s their food source and as a result, they are usually found in basements, bathrooms and kitchens or where there is moisture or water.
With our years of experience, we have discovered that in modern United Kingdom buildings, visible moisture and sometimes it may be visible as the result of:
- Leaking pipes (behind walls, roof or floor)
- Totally sealed buildings that do not allow excess moisture to escape.
- Sources such as cooking facilities, showers, bathtubs, etc.
- Excess humidity.
In low levels, moulds and their spores are generally harmless but they can affect people if their levels increase; especially people with asthma, allergies, suppressed immune systems and/or respiratory conditions.
U.K. Black Toxic Mould Testing
Most moulds produce mycotoxins, which are toxic substances that may cause health problems, especially those with weakened immune systems.
The spores of a toxic black mould (Stachybotrys chartarum) colony are kept within a slimy, gelatinous mass structure. Stachybotrys chartarum spores have a brownish colour when seen through a microscope. Under the microscope, the spores that are still connected to the mould colony look like a dandelion with clusters of their spores growing at the end of the hyphae (stem).
How Does It Spread?
The coating of a toxic Stachybotrys chartarumis wet and this prevents the spores from becoming airborne. If its moisture source dries out though, the colony of spores can dry out and release many of its spores into the air. When it is dry it looks grey and powdery. Other things like changes in humidity can also trigger the release of the Stachybotrys chartarum spores.
Disturbing toxic Stachybotrys chartarum can also cause a lot of toxic spores to enter the air which is the main reason our company usually suggest that homeowners leave the removal to our team of professionals, due to the fact that removing this toxic substance is much more dangerous than removing ordinary mould which is the reason why it should only be done by a certified professional.
Identification of Toxic mould in the United Kingdom
There are over 40 different fungus species known to cause disease in humans. The problem is when it comes to Stachybotrys chartarum identification, the only real way to confirm if it’s the dangerous, toxic species is with a microscope.
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When your property suffers water damage, don’t hesitate to get contact us. Our experienced team will take a hands-on approach to deal with the affected areas. Our timely response will address issues throughout your residential or commercial space, including hidden problems you may not have even thought of, which will more than likely reduce an outbreak of mould!
Colour and toxicity are not the same.
The colour and toxicity levels are not the same things and they both play an important role in prevention. Do not think that just because the fungus in your building is black in colour, means that it is toxic. Not all mould that is black in colour is considered deadly. The colour depends on what materials provided the food that it needs to grow as it gets it's energy from the organic matter in your building on which they live, utilising heterotrophy.
What is Black Coloured Mould?
A black coloured mould has a black pigment by nature. It is usually associated with being the toxic kind, but that’s not always the case. It may not be toxic, but it can be a substance capable of causing an allergic reaction..
Nigrospora is an example of a black mould. To date, there is no evidence that it is toxic to humans or other living organisms.
The most common black mould is Cladosporium, which has no known toxic side effects. This type of is common both inside and outside of buildings. Heavy exposure to black mould could trigger an increase in allergy and asthma symptoms especially among those with unhealthy immune systems which have led to fears over mould in United Kingdom flats.
Alternaria, another type of black mould, has been known to cause severe allergy symptoms. Aureobasidium, Dresclera, Pithomyces, Alternaria, Stemphylium and Ulocladium are not known to produce any mycotoxins.
Some of the health-related problems that have been associated with exposure (high level) to airborne spores include and is not limited to asthma episodes, allergic reactions, eyes, sinus congestion, irritations of the throat, nose, systemic fungal infections, and other types of respiratory problems. It should be noted that the spores just irritates any pre-existing asthmatic condition and will not cause asthma to develop in a person.
Why Damp is a Problem for Period Homes in the U.K.
Damp is a problem that can affect any type of building if given the right conditions, which is one of the reasons we have seen a rise in damp proofing companies in the United Kingdom. There is one group of properties that are more at risk from damp related issues than any other, and these are period homes (Located for example in Kingston Upon Thames, East Finchley).
The United Kingdom has over four million homes from the Victorian and Edwardian periods, for example, most of which will be in the risk category for damp problems. The concept of damp proofing in the United Kindom is relatively new but much needed.
Take the Georgian period of 1714 to 1837, where there was no formal concept of damp proofing during that era. During that era, the standard construction practice was to use walls with cavities to help protect or reduce weather-related damage. It was not until 1875 when bitumen and slate had started to be used as damp proofing materials due to the fact that it became mandatory in the construction industry. The downside was that these products began to deteriorate over time.
The growth of mould in your home or office depends on several inter-related factors, such as the amount of moisture present, the amount of moisture generated, the thermal property of the building (inadequate heating), inadequate ventilation and the surface absorption of floors, ceilings and walls.
When you deal with one of our damp proofing experts, they will look at the age of the period house and any work that had been done in the past. After this assessment, they can then decide what is the source of the problem and what is the best treatment to eradicate it.
Mould abatement in the United Kingdom should always be performed by certified professionals that have the proper certification. Speak with one of our professionals today by contacting us.