Odour Control and Removal

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Some unpleasant smells cannot be removed with bleach or soap and water treatment. Treating this kind of odour is a job for skilled professionals  with the right products. At All Fresh Cleaning, our advanced knowledge helps us understand how to eliminate any kind of odour such as those caused by fire and smoke, mould and pet soiling.

For decades, homeowners have been using over-the-counter cleaning agents for cleaning and odour removal. These are effective for smaller jobs but not recommended when it comes to more extensive odour problems. Some of these “cleaning agents” don’t typically remove or solve the problem but only cover it up with scent.

Why Call a Professional?

Odour removal specialists are trained and know the right guidelines for eliminating unpleasant smells.  The first step in eliminating odour is to find the source of the unpleasant smell (ex. Dirty carpets, mould, garbage, spoiled food, etc.) Once the source is found, the odour removal specialists  will thoroughly clean the surface affected by the odour.  The method and materials used will be determined by the cause and location of the odour.

Health is another reason why you should call a professional when it comes to odour removal and treatment. Bad odour does not only pose an irritant, it can also create an unhygienic environment where people,  especially children, might be exposed to a higher risks of contracting disease.  For these reasons, the odour problem should be taken cared of as soon as possible, by a professional with the appropriate safety equipment.

Odour removal specialists have the right odour removal products formulated to penetrate surfaces to neutralize the cause of unpleasant odour. Specific products are used depending on the affected material (ex. wood, carpet, ceramic, fabric, etc.).

These trained professionals can handle most of the odours inside your house that can cause you serious problems. And if you are based in Adelaide, make sure to contact us at Mould Doctor and we’ll handle all your odour problems with our professional skills and experience.

Article Extract: – Original article Dilvin Yasa: Our mouldy home gave me pneumonia and put me in hospital [http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/lifestyle/health/body-soul-daily/our-mouldy-home-gave-me-pneumonia-and-put-me-in-hospital/news-story/d441b68b265cd1634f5950eaf353bda7]: [July 24, 2016]

It never occurred Dilvin Yasa that her family’s health problems could be linked to the musty odour emanating from the bedroom. She attributed her onset of wheezing down to dust, chest infections to a trip to Beijing and her daughter coughing down to bugs from the childcare.

Eventually her chest infections became constant and her husband’s asthma worsened. There were unexplained headaches, random skin rashes coupled with constant lethargy and an almost paralysing inability to concentrate.

The problem eventually revealed itself via a dark-coloured dress riddled with tell-tale white spots. It was the only thing that could be seen with mould on it, but that was enough for Dilvin to act – even though I hadn’t yet linked been linked to the health problems.

The professional mould removers pulled apart the bedroom furniture and found the undersides of everything – drawers, bed, wardrobe – completely covered in mould.

Mould was also found in others room, tucked away from the visible eye and with no noticeable odour.

Cleaning properly is essential in removing mould permanently.

Cleaning properly is essential in removing mould permanently.

Although cleaning commenced immediately, care wasn’t taken to contain the spores which were blasted up into the air. Half an hour after re-entering the house Dilvin began to feel exhausted and feverish. By that evening, she could barely breathe and was rushed to hospital where staff struggled to get her oxygen levels back to what they considered a safe level. By the following morning, her six-year-old and two-year-old daughters had chest infections.

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This story not only highlights the dangers of household mould but also the devastating effects of improper and unprofessional cleaning. The Mould Doctor operates in the Gawler and Adelaide region of South Australia and is a certified professional. The Mould Doctor deals with these issues on a daily basis, they understand your needs and only use approved and harmless cleaning products. Find out more about the Mould Doctor’s services, visit our Mould Removal page: http://www.moulddoctor.com.au/mould-removal/

If you would like to read more about the health hazards of mould, read these articles from the well-known Body and Soul magazine.

http://www.bodyandsoul.com.au/health/health-advice/mould-is-it-making-you-sickr/news-story/644d8b2babebad5718defa256da4c40f

http://www.bodyandsoul.com.au/health/health-news/is-household-mould-a-health-hazardr/news-story/2c44235aff3d411222356d8f9dd6b208

Regular maintenance of your air conditioning unit is critically important for its longevity and your health. This is true in both domestic and commercial settings. Air Conditioning units  accumulate pollutants from the air, which can build up in the unit over time.  These pollutants will contaminate the air you breathe, posing serious health hazards.

Among the common ailments associated with air conditioning units are the following:

  • Asthma

  • Sore/Itchy throat

  • Coughing

  • Frequent colds

  • Allergic reactions

  • Sneezing

  • Skin problems

 

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, maybe it’s time to call your local air conditioning cleaners to take a look at your unit.

So What Makes You Sick?

There are two ways in which air conditioning units  can cause illness – lengthy exposure to low temperatures and mould. It is relatively easy to control the first cause through the positioning of your unit and furniture, and of course the temperature at which you set it.  Mould, however can infiltrate your home in a much less obvious way,  and is much harder to control if allowed to run unchecked.

Mould Inside Your Air Conditioning System

Mould is dangerous if not treated immediately. It builds up over time, often undetected, and spreads rapidly throughout your home. This may cause your family or staff countless health problems. If you detect small mould build-up in any area of your home or office, you can remove it by cleaning with the right products, proper ventilation and sunlight (where possible).

Serious mould build-up needs proper attention from professional mould removal experts, especially when it comes to your AC unit. When you’re experiencing symptoms but cannot locate mould inside your home, it may be hidden inside your air conditioning unit.

Unknown to many, air conditioning units are among the main appliances that can harbour mould because the inside temperature and moisture offer the perfect environment for fungus to grow.

How to Prevent Mould Build-Up?

Proper ventilation can help you prevent mould build-up. Open up your windows and let some fresh air inside. Also, using a fan can help prevent mould but will not ideal remove it.

Air filters are designed to help prevent air contaminants from thriving. However, if not cleaned properly and regularly,  they too can turn into breeding grounds for bacteria to flourish.

We at  Mould Doctor can clean your air conditioning unit,  including filters, to give you peace of mind, and to increase the efficiency of your unit.  Have a look at our video about split system air conditioner cleaning on our site, and give us a call to book in your service.

 

Why Consider Professional Odour Removal Services?

Unpleasant odours can appear in a home or business environment for any number of reasons.  In some cases, people are forced to vacate premises, and in extreme situations, others become sick with headaches or nausea when overwhelmed by an offensive smell. Pervasive, lingering odours often require professional help to control or remediate.  Correct identification of the cause of the odour and its removal can be difficult for those who are not experienced in this field.  Depending on what is causing the odour, being close enough to it in order to clean it may also put the cleaner’s health at risk without the correct health and safety equipment.

Odour removal can be particularly daunting to deal with if you work in musty old buildings, have habitable areas near garbage bins or commercial skips, have a smoking area or any other permanent or regular source of odour.

Health Risks

Not only are foul odours unpleasant, studies show that airbourne contaminants can affect the health of your family, employees and customers.

Odour can influence our neurological systems, affecting emotions and memory. Exposure to offensive odours can cause stress and/or reduced quality of life, especially if prolonged.  Symptoms which have been associated with odour exposure include the following:

  • Vomiting

  • Headaches

  • Nausea

  • Feelings of Stress, Anxiety and Frustration

Call In the Experts

The odour removal experts at Mould Doctor understand the potential negative effects that can result from a foul or stubborn odour. By calling us in, you tap into years of experience, expertise and the right tools to eliminate the unpleasant odour inside homes and business establishments.

Our odour removal experts can determine the source of the problem, clean the area with high quality professional products and provide you with tips on how to prevent the problem from recurring.  Our products are designed to prevent recurrence, or at least prolong the time before the odour will arise again, if the source is not removed. We are also equipped with safety equipment, which is important as the process of cleaning requires the cleaner to be close to the contaminant causing the odour.

Call Mould Doctor for reliable and comprehensive treatment if you have an odour issue in Adelaide.

It is vital for a business to comply with the standards of cleanliness required by the government and health regulators both inside and outside of their establishments. Aside from keeping your business environment clean and tidy, the quality of air is also important, particularly businesses associated with food and beverage storage.

Businesses like distribution warehouses, butchers, supermarkets, fast food outlets, food transport trucks, restaurants, cafes, clubs and pubs, fruit and veggie stores as well as florists rely on cooling systems to preserve their products.  If these cooling systems and the cool rooms/areas themselves are not clean, the consequences can be costly in financial terms and health-wise for your staff and customers.

The Benefits of Professional Cool Room Cleaning

  • Increased cooling capacity and higher efficiency leads to  less food spoilage;

  • Reduced possibility of deterioration in the quality, and extends the shelf life, of products;

  • Elimination of contaminants like bacteria eg. E.Coli bacteria; and

  • Reduced energy cost.  A clean and maintained cooling system produces better air flow thus saving on your power bills.

 

THe Process of Cool Room Cleaning

  1. Inspection

Our Technician will assess your cool room and the cooling equipment and pipes in relation to biofilm, mould and other contaminants.  Air flow  inside your cool room will also be tested.

  1. Cleaning

Our qualified technicians with then attend to the cleaning required, using professional standard products and expertise,  This includes cleaning of fans, fins, evaporator, walls, floors and ceiling of the room and flushing the pipes.  We will then apply an anti-static and hydrophylic coating to protect the surfaces for 12 months.  This helps to prevent dirt, debris and mould from attaching to the surfaces in your cool room, evaporator and fins. Anti-bacterial treatments can also be applied where needed, and shelving can also be cleaned if requested.  We will then re-test the air flow  and advise you on the efficiency improvements achieved by this process.

 

  1. Maintenance

After the cleaning process, technicians will advise you on how best to maintain the cleanliness of your cool room and its cooling system.  Our Mould Doctor for Health process and products means that cool rooms only have to be cleaned half as often as required using other products and processes. This means savings for you.

A cool room which is not regularly checked and cleaned can lead to serious consequences.  Keep your business protected by engaging professional cleaners who have the right expertise and equipment to get the job done properly, and give you the right advice. Call Mould Doctor now.

Mould in your air conditioning system poses serious health risks that you might not be aware of. Yes, as indispensable as air conditioning may be, especially during summer, these appliances can harbour disease. It is important to have them regularly checked and maintained by specialist air conditioning cleaning experts to ensure complete safety.

Health Problems From Mould In Air Conditioning Units

Mould can grow anywhere. A person who comes in contact with mould build-up is at risk of developing health issues, the least of which is an allergic reaction.

It is mould in air con units however that may prove to be most problematic. Air conditioner mould spores circulate in the air, where they may be inhaled by the room’s occupants. Infants and the elderly are particularly vulnerable.

Air borne mould spores may also release chemicals knows as mycotoxins. Mycotoxins are harmful compounds that cause severe illnesses. When inhaled, they may lead to serious conditions, such as pulmonary haemorrhage and pneumonia.

All this because you took cool room cleaning for granted? That’s just not worth it.

Mould Removal Tips

Want to minimise your health risks? Then, focus on prevention, and invest in air conditioning mould cleaning and maintenance.

This can mean putting in your own time to clean and remove any mould build-up. However, this strategy exposes you to harmful toxins. It is best to contract the services of a professional mould remover to do this for you. A professional will have the right safety equipment.

An expert mould remover will tell you that build-up starts with two things, dirt and debris that mould feeds on, and moisture. By depriving mould of these two things, you can prevent its growth.

Why Choose An Expert Mould Remover

There are several reasons to opt for expert help in mould removal.

Foremost is their know-how and experience. This guarantees that they’ll find all traces of mould. Mould gives off a musty smell but it isn’t always visible. An expert will know where to look and clean up. They will check your air conditioning’s ductwork and other intricate parts.

An expert mould remover also has the tools and gear that guarantee safe mould removal. You need more than a rag and a tub of water to remove mould. A professional service will make use of the latest technology to get the job done thoroughly, safely and quickly.

You can just sit back and relax, assured that all traces of mould are removed.

Common Moulds Found in Homes

Moulds are classified as fungi and can be found anywhere.  There are thousands of species of fungi, but it’s important to know the types of mould that grow inside and outside our homes. We all know that mould can pose a threat to our family, especially, children, the elderly and those who are already unwell, if not taken care of immediately.

Here are some of the most common types of mould found inside the average household; indoors and out.

Trichoderma

Usually found growing on damp carpet, wallpaper and other moist surfaces. The danger of this mould is it produces mycotoxins that cause health problems like asthma, respiratory irritation, fatigue and depression. Also, many people are allergic to this kind of mould.

Alternaria

This mould is usually found outdoors but it also grows in damp places indoors like sinks, bathrooms and on and around leaky pipes. This mould can easily spread from one area to another and exposure to this kind of mould can cause allergic reactions and  trigger asthma attacks.

Stachybotrys Chartarum

This mould is referred to as “Black Mould” and can be distinguished by its slimy black appearance and musty odor. Also referred as “toxic mould,” it can produce mycotoxins like the trichoderma that can cause health issues after contact.

Ulocladium

Ulocladium  requires a lot of water, thus it grows on damaged water pipes, wet walls and in homes that have been heavily damaged by floods.

Aspegillus

An indoor mould that causes allergic reactions, respiratory infections and a condition called hypersensitivity pneumonitis caused by antigens found in this mould which cause inflammation of the lungs.

Penicillium

Often found indoors where moisture and water is present like leaky pipes, it can also be found on food items such as dried food, fruits, cheese and more. Contact can lead to a high fever, asthma and hypersensitivity. It is recommended that you call in mould experts to deal with this kind of mould. The common characteristic of this mould is blue or green in color.

Mould Doctor in Adelaide can help with any kind of mould problem.  If you are concerned about mould in your home or workplace please give us a call.

What You Need To Know About Black Mould

Our homes offer a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of life. As a living space shared with your loved ones, you naturally want to make sure it’s a secure and safe haven. Unfortunately, many people don’t know they are breeding black mould in their homes and unwittingly put their family’s health at risk.

What is Black Mould?

Black mould is most likely to appear in areas of the home that are particularly warm, humid and damp. Storage areas or crawlspaces that may have leaks or other sources of moisture are often susceptible to any kind of mould growth, including black mould. Black mould is readily identifiable by its color. Whereas most other moulds are green or grey in color, as ht name suggests, black mould is a dark black.

Black mould can cause an array of allergic reactions and health problems. In most cases, depending on the length of exposure and the number of spores inhaled, symptoms can include chronic fatigue or headaches, fever, irritation to the eyes, mucous membranes of the mouth, nose and throat, sneezing, rashes, and chronic coughing. In cases of prolonged or severe exposure, or cases exacerbated by an allergic reaction, more extreme symptoms can present, including nausea, vomiting, and bleeding in the lungs and nose

How do you know if black mould is starting to build up inside your home? The best indicator is smell. You will smell a musty earthy smell like dirt or rotting leaves. The stachybotrys mould grows on an environment where there is moisture and materials that are water-saturated cellulose-based like cotton, wood, plasterboard and cardboard.

Why Call In Mould Removal Experts?

A professional mould removal service provider knows how to handle mould in an effective way. They are knowledgeable and have the tools to get the job done  efficiently.  If this kind of mould is not treated properly it will return quickly.    Barry Stewart is a master technician able to identify the kind of mould that you are concerned about in your home, office or commercial premises and deal with it properly.  Given the health implications of inadequate treatment, the importance of a comprehensive treatment of the problem cannot be overstated.

Causes of Mould Build-up

What causes moulds to build up? The answer is moisture – a vital component of mould growth and build-up. But how does moisture enter our home and create mould problems?

There are many factors that come into play when it comes to moisture. Among the most common causes are leaky roofs, broken water pipes and floods. Moulds are known to  grow quickly given these circumstances and can pose serious health complications like asthma, bronchitis and more when left untreated.

Moisture can seep through the living spaces and cause mould to grow in home interiors, along walls and under tiles and carpets. Common culprits include  air drying of clothes indoors, moisture from appliances like refrigerators, washing machines and clothes dryers. Lastly, poor ventilation and exhaust systems inside the structure in wet areas such as bathrooms and kitchens can also promote condensation that creates moisture.

Aside from moisture, mould also needs organic matter in order to grow and thrive. The best examples are dust and dead skin cells. This brings us to the importance of regular cleaning and vacuuming of every nook and cranny of your house.

Mould Growth and Buildup Prevention

Prevention is the best choice when handling mould growth inside our homes. One of the places where mould grows rapidly is the bathroom. To prevent mould, install an exhaust fan inside and use it all times the shower or bath is in use.  Wiping wet areas  with a dry towel after you take a shower or have a bath can also make a significant difference.. It is also important to make sure to clean these areas regularly to prevent mould build-up.

As you may already know, moulds are known to cause health hazards. Mould often finds its way between the silicone and grout of bathroom fixtures. When mould develops, it roots itself to the surface of the grout or silicone and grows. This means, while you can clean the surface, mould will tend to grow back again because it has laid down its roots. The best option here is to change the grout or silicone.

Without proper ventilation inside your house, you become vulnerable to mould growth and its side-effects.  Always make sure your house is properly ventilated, open the windows and let the air flow inside.

If you’re having problems with mould, it is best to call in the assistance of mould removal experts. As we all know, nothing beats enjoying total peace of mind knowing your home is clean and your loved ones are safe from the health risks that comes with mould.

Mould Doctor offers professional mould removal services at reasonable rates. Contact us today.

 

Health Risk of Moulds

Health risks are present almost everywhere and that includes our home. In particular, mould inside our houses present a serious threat to our family’s health and carry risk of disease.

When it comes to mitigating health risks associated with mould, prevention is key.  Unlike some other common household irritants, exposure to mould can lead to serious and even fatal health complications, such as asthma and bronchitis.

Here are some of the health risks linked  to mould exposure:

  • Runny Nose
  • Cough
  • Sneezing
  • Rashes
  • Bronchitis
  • Sinus Infection
  • Lung Infection/Irritation
  • Headaches
  • Allergies
  • Pneumonia
  • Fatigue
  • Athsma
  • Bronchitis

Mould should not be taken lightly because it poses danger to anyone especially children, infants, old people and persons with pre-existing health conditions such as those who have respiratory disorders like asthma and emphysema.

Mould not only poses health risks to human beings, as it is also a common known irritant among pets, especially to small dogs and cats.

How do you determine if your pet is exposed to mould?  Common symptoms linked to mould irritation include the following:

  • Sores
  • Excessive scratching
  • Licking paws
  • Wheezing
  • Itchy ears
  • Runny nose

If your pets are experiencing any of the symptoms above, you might want to conduct a thorough check for any mould buildup in and around your home.

The best way to eradicate mould in homes is to call in the mould removal experts. A test is usually conducted first in order to determine the best measure to be used. If you are seeing signs of mould growth in any part of your home, take action immediately before you place your family’s health in danger. Contact Mould Doctor today for professional advice and assistance.

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