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Roles and Responsibilities of a Mould Specialist

Posted on: February 10th, 2020 by Jane F

The main job of a mould removal specialist in the UK is to make sure that human health is not compromised or affected by the presence of mould in a building. 

While mould can grow and thrive in all buildings, this is found to be most common in older buildings that have been modernised with additions like double glazing. This prevents air flow and makes building less efficient when it comes to coping with dampness and humidity. Any kind of building, be it commercial or residential premises can get affected. 

There is numerous legislation on mould as it is considered a public health concern. Mould is numerous types of fungi, some of these can be hazardous to both human and environmental health. At the least, they can cause eczema, asthma, and exacerbate allergies. Serious conditions include infection and pneumonia. 

The job of mould removal specialists is to recognise and analyse these hazards to air quality and make or suggest improvements to a building’s mould remediation system. It can be preventative or curative if a problem is determined. They can also give suggestions on how to install or improve extractor fans or just advise employees on simple actions like keeping the windows open. They can even work hand in hand with building engineers to enhance a building’s structure to address the worst issues caused by mould. 

Qualities of Mould Removal Specialists in the UK

A mould removal specialist can safely remove mould from different locations in a home, business, or commercial building. Similar to most technical jobs, there is a specialised set of skill expected from a mould removal technician because of equipment and biohazard concerns. Below are what it takes to become a mould removal specialist in the UK. 

  • ïAbility and willingness to work well as a team member and follow a supervisor’s instructions.
  • ïCapacity to handle physically demanding jobs like moving appliances or furniture during a household removal job.
  • ïBeing available on-call in case of emergency situations. The working hours might differ depending on the location, company, and specific industry. 
  • ïCapacity to work on a scaffold or ladder and overhead for a long period of time.
  • ïAbility to carry out work in different temperatures wherein temperate might get extreme.
  • ïCompetency to service, maintain, and use different types of equipment needed for mould removal like power tools and fans. 
  • ïAbility to render effective communication and offer exceptional customer service when performing mould removal at the work sites. 
  • ïAbility to correctly use self-care and personal protective equipment to stay protected against exposure to bio-hazardous contaminant. 
  • ïWillingness to complete the necessary certifications and participate in different training seminars. 
  • ïIdentify moisture readings with the use of moisture meters and calibrate instruments on a regular basis. 
  • ïKnowledgeable in inspection and identification of mould, willingness to work constantly on professional development. 

Mould removal specialists in the UK usually need an understanding in subjects related public health, health & safety and biology to deal with the causes and effects of mould in residential and work spaces. 

If you need advise regarding mould in your property please get in touch or see our mould removal page.

What is Black Mould and is it as Dangerous as Everybody Says?

Posted on: January 25th, 2020 by Jane F

Toxic black mould is often talked about these days. As government legislation mandates that all new homes be well insulated the occurrence of mould and other condensation related issues is increasing. 

Stachybotrys chartarum, otherwise known a black mould (or mold) is a fungus that mainly grows on surfaces with high moisture content. It’s particularly prevalent in areas of high condensation such as bathrooms and kitchens. It may also occur in any area of high humidity. Often times people dry their washing on clothes horses and radiators in the living room, the evaporation 

of condensation from the clothing and subsequent condensation onto surfaces can make for a breeding ground for black mould. It is especially prevalent on plasterboard and wallpaper. 

This type of mould grows extremely slowly but can be quite hard to get rid of. Although black mould is perceived by many as toxic it does not always produce mycotoxins, mycotoxins are what are thought to cause associated ill health effects. 

Mould and more specifically black mould has been as associated in recent years as a possible cause for chronic fatigue syndrome, otherwise known as ME. CFS sufferers often continually feel ill without any apparent cause. In a study published by The U.S National Center for Biotechnology Information, 93% of patients tested positive for mycotoxins. 

In the documentary movie “Moldy”, biohacker Dave Asprey, sufferer of long term health effects due to mould, explores the various causes for mould in our environment and the effects it can have on humans. The people interviewed in the movie suffered from symptoms like rapid weight gain, memory loss, sore joints and breathing difficulties. While these are not common scientists think that some people may be genetically predisposed to mould allergies. 

If your home has an infestation of black mould it is important that you deal with it. The important thing is to not agitate the mould by scrubbing or agitating the surface where it is present. This can cause spores to be released into the air where they can be more easily breathed in. 

In fact it’s best not to tackle mould like this by yourself. Here at Fire Flood London we have extensive experience dealing with mould issues. We’ll use a special fungicidal PH plus solution to soak off slime moulds, reducing the amount of spores released into the surrounding environment. 

After this process is wise to use a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) scrubber to completely remove any mould spores from the air inside the property. This not only improves the air quality but reduces chances of mould re-growing. 

We may also use a HEPA vacuum carpets and soft furnishing where applicable.

We’ll also make recommendations on how you can prevent the mould returning, these are often inexpensive solutions and sometimes just simple advice that is easy to follow. 

Although a cause for concern, any time of mould is treatable. If you’d like us to inspect your property and offer a solution with no obligation, get in touch today.