MOULD & BACTERIA FROM WATER DAMAGE
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You don’t know it yet but after even the smallest water overflow into carpets and floors it is highly likely you have (or about to get) mould and/or bacterial growth in any nook and cranny within a surprisingly large radius of the affected area. It will not happen right now, but mould and bacteria positively thrives in warm, dark, and damp places.
LET’S TALK MOULD (MOLD)
As noted above, mould produces spores that will thrive in environments that are moist and warm, so when they land on a damp spot, they begin to grow. It can grow on a variety of different surfaces, including fabric, paper, wood, glass, and plastic. Not many of us realise this but as the mould spores grow, it is not uncommon for them to digest the material they are growing on.
Mould is a form of fungus of which there are many different types, and we have all experienced the growth of mould both indoors and outdoors. Once mould is present in your home the spores need to spread and to do so, they will rely on coverage in your home by floating around in the air.
Mould spores floating through the air are clearly unhealthy for any one of us but even more dangerous to those who already suffer allergies or have other existing medical conditions. Especially when we understand that once inhaled, mould spores can continue to grow in your lungs as that is the perfect environment. For the health safety of you or your family, please do not take risks. For your Health Reference: The most relevant type of mould in this instance is Penicillium. This tends to grow on materials with water damage and it often has a blue or green appearance.
LET'S TALK BACTERIA
Bacteria is everywhere and to pinpoint the bacterial development specifically from a water damage incident is not so easy. But we do know that regardless of any other source, bacteria will evolve from wet carpets, floors and walls. Currently it is recognized that the indoor water-damaged environment resulting from microbial growth is a complex mixture of mould and bacteria along with their by-products.
While bacteria will occur naturally they are smaller microbials and can produce their own food source from light or other chemical energy. This makes them an additional health threat in that they do not need the dark environment. And as water is a frequent vehicle for the transmission of bacterial viruses, areas left after a water overflow may permit their very survival
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MOULD AND BACTERIA
Mould is a fungi, Bacteria are single-celled microscopic organism.
While mould and bacteria are often grouped together, they are actually two very different organisms. In nature, both occur naturally but certain types of moulds and bacteria may be harmful to humans. For a long time mould exposure has been the major focus in regard to health effects among occupants in damp environments, whereas bacterial exposure has been generally understudied. However, there are many reasons now to consider that bacteria may be as important as mould in health effects.
The most important factor for indoor mould growth is moisture, but many bacteria also grow in these conditions. As such, occupants in damp rooms or homes are simultaneously exposed to multiple microbial agents from both bacteria and fungi (mould).
This mixed exposure is likely to result in interactive effects among mould and microbial agents which can then produce more complicated health outcomes.