In a previous article, we explored the various types of indoor air pollution that can affect our health. One of the most significant pollutants is microorganisms, specifically molds.
A national campaign in France called "Housing," conducted by the Observatoire de la Qualité de l'Air Intérieur (OQAI) between October 2003 and December 2005, assessed nearly 600 residential dwellings. The results revealed that approximately 40% of the housing stock was contaminated by mold, which equates to over 9 million dwellings throughout France. Furthermore, more than 610,000 of these dwellings had visible mold contamination exceeding 1m². These findings underscore the prevalence of mold contamination in residential settings and highlight the importance of addressing this issue to promote healthy indoor air quality.Source: Ademe
Mold is a living organism, specifically a microscopic fungus that often grows when moisture is present and causes a chemical reaction where it grows.
And mold is often noticeable by its black or green patches as well as a musty smell. mold emits spores in large quantities. The spores are the pollen of the mold, i.e. particles that spread through the air and allow the mold to grow. in the air and allow the mold to grow. Spores are small, in the micrometre range, and move easily through the air.
To get into your home, spores use humans, including deposition on clothing, and all other available "vehicles" such as drafts and animals. Once in your home, molds use these spores again to proliferate throughout your home. The spores grow quickly, especially in moist environments, and are very resilient. These spores are a real air pollutant, which is why it's generally considered These spores are a real air pollutant, which is why it's generally considered that molds are one of the main sources of indoor air pollution.
Mold needs moisture to grow. Certain situations are favorable to them:
These molds are most often found on walls, drywall, furniture, and wallpaper, where they can degrade these materials over time. It's important to address mold growth promptly to prevent further damage to the home and to avoid the negative health effects associated with mold allergies.
Mold can therefore have adverse effects on your health. To diagnose you, your doctor may ask you to identify the variety(s) of mold present in your home. There are very many varieties of molds. Here are the most common in mainland France:
If you have identified mold in your home, the first thing you need to know is what is causing it: damp? Water leakage? Try to treat the source of the problem.
When it comes to removing mould, if the affected area is small, you can remove it by scrubbing, using an all-purpose cleaner, diluted soap or detergent. Dry well after cleaning. Keep hard-to-clean objects away from the area. If the mold covers a large area, more than 1m² for example, you may need to call in a specialist building moisture treatment company.
When cleaning up your mold, be careful not to add pollutants to pollutants!
It's important to pay attention to mold and not leave it lying around. Take care of it!
Some tips to make sure you never run into a nasty surprise:
Spores can withstand extreme conditions, be vigilant!
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