Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Darwin
We are Australia’s most experienced and respected experts in mould removal. With offices in Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Gold Coast, and The Sunshine Coast, we cover most of Australia’s East Coast.
Unlike other non-specialist mould removal companies that are often not trained or certified, all of our expert technicians are highly trained in the safest and most effective practices of mould removal. We are trusted by many educational establishments, government departments, aged-care homes and body corporate due to our outstanding service and affordable rates.
Unfortunately most people are unaware of the dangers of mould, often leaving it to progress over a number of years. It’s important that you book professional mould cleaning of your home or business as soon as you begin to notice the first signs of growth. The majority of people believe that they can just use bleach or chlorine based products to kill mould. It has been proven that bleach DOES NOT kill mould at all. In actual fact bleach only bleaches the melanin (colour) out of the mould which, is a purely aesthetic fix to a much deeper problem. In fact, many people that have used bleach to treat mould have had reoccurring mould problems because the bleach actually excites the surface and the mould eventually expands even bigger than it was originally.
Let’s say that bleach actually could kill mould, then what about the airborne mould spores that have been released which release mycotoxins. This is the off-gassing that is affecting your health. At Disaster Restorations Australia we have a system to kill all airborne mould spores and it’s called “fogging”. This is done by releasing a micro mist (cloud) which, kills all airborne mould spores and bacteria. Our non-toxic and non-hazardous anti-microbial chemical will also provide a residual coating to help prevent further mould growth. Obviously this treatment will only work providing all food sources such as moisture and high humidity have been rectified.
Mould is harmful to our health and certain types of mould, such as black mould, can be fatal. It can cause a number of side effects such as:
Our 5 Stage Mould Removal Process
Our expert technicians will visit your property and diagnose the cause of the mould through a visual inspection and with the use of moisture and humidity meters, allowing us to trace any moisture findings back to the source. Following this, we will give you a detailed report of our findings and diagnosis, accompanied by recommendations of achievable and realistic preventative actions to cure your mould problem. Some circumstances will require us to take air and swab samples to send to the lab for incubation and culturing to determine the particular mould counts and species.
To begin the process we need to stop any significant causes of moisture that may be occurring such as: sub floor water seepage, leaking pipes, roof leaks or ceiling leaks. Our technicians will be able to advise you on what specific steps need to be taken in your particular circumstance following the initial inspection. In most cases, the moisture inside your house should be dried in conjunction with the removal treatment of the mould. To avoid airborne mould spores from spreading during the mould removal process, we also recommend the use of air scrubbers.
The removal process begins by fogging the property with our non toxic, non hazardous anti-microbial mould removal chemical. This chemical contains all natural ingredients and is an extremely potent, hospital grade disinfectant. This means it is totally safe for asthmatics and allergy sufferers. Our unique chemical kills mould at the source and also has the added effect in helping with the prevention of future mould growth. HEPA vacuums are then used to remove mould spores from all walls, ceilings, doors, door frames, window, soft furnishings, floors and carpets. Whilst all of this is happening, our air scrubbers are capturing any dislodged airborne mould spores and bacteria. This is a vital component in the mould removal as we are actually capturing the mould spores rather than killing them. Studies have shown that dead mould spores are just as toxic as live mould spores and can even be a source of food for living spores.
4. Dry Out
Following the mould removal process we will test the moisture levels of the treated areas. If moisture is prevalent it must be dried out before we can continue the mould remediation works or the mould will regrow. We use air movers and dehumidifiers to dry out the building and ensure that the affected structures are dry. It is extremely important that you don’t try and dry out the infected areas prior to the mould being removed as you may only spread the mould spores further. This should ALWAYS be done by Disaster Restorations Australia.
Finally, it is time to make sure that the mould removal is permanent which, can only be achieved if the original root cause has been rectified. There are a number of other steps that can be taken to help prevent mould re-growing in the future, such as: sub floor ventilation, rising damp treatment, drainage improvements, the use of dehumidifiers, repair of guttering and down pipes, improving of overall ventilation and airflow, cutting back of trees, bathroom ventilation just to name a few.
Mould – Further Information
Mould reproduces by means of tiny spores, which are invisible to the naked eye and float through the air we breathe. Mould can often start growing indoors when the spores land on surfaces that are wet. There are many different types of mould, and none of them will grow without water or moisture.
How Mould Can Affect Your Health:
Moulds have the potential to cause a multitude of health problems by their ability to produce allergens, irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances. Inhaling or touching mould or mould spores may cause allergic reactions in certain people. These reactions can be immediate or delayed. Moulds can also cause asthma attacks in people with asthma who are allergic to mould. In addition, mould exposure can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs of both mould-allergic and non-allergic people.
Moisture and Mould Prevention and Control Tips
Mould Air & Surface Testing
If required during the inspection process, Disaster Restorations Australia can conduct surface swab and air sampling. These samples will then be sent off to our independent Mould Lab for scientific analysis. We will then provide an independent analytical report from our Mould lab.
If you think you have a Mould problem in your home this is the only way to determine how contaminated your property may be. This is also a great way to prove to your landlord, agent that there is Mould on the property. The Swab sampling is a great way to test your personal belongings to confirm any contamination that may have infected them as a result of airborne mould spores.
At Disaster Restorations Australia, we often here from clients stating they are suffering from a lot of health issues which end up being Mould related, however, their local GP do not recognise that their issues are mould related. Surface and air sample testing has been a very important way to prove you may be occupying a property that is contaminated with harmful mould.
If you suspect you have Mould in your property but can’t seem to locate it, we recommend you call Disaster Restorations immediately and we’ll organise a surface or air test immediately.