Nobody likes to see mould in their home. Just the thought of guests using a bathroom with mould patches on the wall is enough to send most home owners into a cleaning frenzy – foraging under the sink for all the cleaning products we can find. But the visual horror of seeing mould in our homes is nothing in comparison to what it can do to our health when it goes unseen.
Many believe that only toxic moulds, such as Stanchybotrys chartarum or black mould, are dangerous to our health. But this is not the case. Any mould can have a negative impact on the health and well-being of those exposed to them. Potential symptoms include rashes, tiredness, headaches, watery and itchy eyes, dizziness, nausea, allergic reactions, breathlessness, chronic coughs and even asthma attacks.
Those of us that already suffer from a weakened immune system are at an even greater risk of being adversely affected, particularly when it comes to respiratory problems.
A member of the fungi family, mould produces tiny spores which require water to thrive. Mould can most often be found in our homes in areas where there is damp created by excess moisture such as bathrooms, kitchens, basements and other areas with little ventilation.
In addition to moisture, mould also requires a food source and an average room temperature in order to grow. Unfortunately, damp plasterboard provides the perfect conditions for mould to grow and spread. And while most people will combat mould as soon as it appears, what if there is more than meets the eye? This happens predominately in bathrooms where it is not uncommon for a builder to discover a largely black wall after removing old tiles as part of a renovation project.
In addition to your health, mould can also have a negative impact on the value of your home. When you sell your home, you must disclose all relevant information to the buyer and that includes any mould problems. If you don’t you could face a fine or even a jail sentence!
Nobody should have to tackle mould in their own home. That’s why we developed HardieBacker® tile backer board, which contains an anti-mould additive to protect your home from mould. HardieBacker cement backer boards are impervious to water damage and will not rot, crack or swell even in the wettest conditions.