PREVENTING MOULD – HOW TO SUCCEED AROUND THE HOME

The cool and damp seasons in particular make mould a frequent problem around the home. In addition to numerous ways of reliably detecting and getting rid of mould growth, there are several measures you can take to prevent mould forming. For example, by adding paint that contains fungicide during the construction, refurbishment or renovation in your flat or house. We'll show you how easy it is for you to prevent mould using MELLERUD's mould products and of course, how you reliably fight mould.

Preventing mould protects your health

Mould growth on and in residential buildings is problematic in many ways. First and foremost it can be detrimental to the health of all inhabitants and cause numerous problems. Children and elderly people with a weaker immune system are especially susceptible to mould spores, which represent an invisible danger that needs to be effectively and comprehensively tackled and prevented. The possible consequences and symptoms of a contaminated home include sleep disorders, frequent tiredness, colds and joint pain, sneezing fits, diarrhoea, eye irritation, and vomiting. Skin and respiratory allergies can also be triggered and even a risk of cancer cannot be excluded. In a nutshell: mould at home is never positive and should always be completely and reliably eliminated.

Heat, ventilate and furnish correctly – prevent mould and save energy

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You should also ensure that you ventilate living areas and consistently and correctly. When ventilating it is especially important to replace the damp, and therefore mould-promoting, room air with dry, outside air, thereby depriving the mould of an essential basis. The same applies to proper heating and furnishing – always ensure that the air can circulate well around the entire room, thereby removing the moisture.

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Preventing mould in new and old buildings

In recent years, the uninsulated roof structures of new buildings have frequently succumbed to fungal attack in the beams. The cause is often a poor or incorrectly constructed access to the roof structure through which the building moisture reaches the attic in the drying phase of the new build. In the attic it condenses on unprotected beams and chipboard and becomes an ideal breeding ground for mould. Changed weathering conditions and modern façade material can also be a cause of mould in buildings – they make it easier for house façades to succumb to microbial attack. Modern facade sealants that are intended to protect against moisture, prevent moisture that has penetrated via cracks from drying out. As a result, mould grows between the house wall and insulating material that often spreads unchecked.

Avoiding mould-related plaster damage – anti-mould paint helps

An effective measure for protecting walls, for example, from mould growth is to use a preventative treatment for the walls. This is where Anti Mould Additive* can help, to produce a reliable anti-mould paint. Often, mould problems are also ‘homemade’ and can be traced back to incorrect ventilation, heating or furnishing errors. Whatever the cause may be – a few simple tricks and tips and MELLERUD's anti-mould products, and you can prevent mould forming, detect an attack early on and tackle it reliably.

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Easily assured: preventing mould with anti-mould paint or anti-mould plaster

If a renovation or new build is on the cards, Anti Mould Additive* is the preventative means of choice. The anti-fungal additive is ideally suited to emulsion paints and other water-dilutable renovation materials such as mortar, plaster and wallpaper paste. The simple manufacture of an effective anti-mould paint using Anti Mould Additive* is an easy way to effectively prevent mould. Simply treat walls before covering with the anti-mould paint or mix Anti Mould Additive* into the renovation materials such as plaster, mortar or paste. Mould will have no opportunity to grow!

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If you suspect mould you need to: identify, control and prevent mould

Anti Mould System

Despite all precautions you still suspect mould has formed, you first need to get your suspicions confirmed. This is simple and uncomplicated with our MELLERUD Mould Test. This shows you the number of mould spores in the room air. After just five days, count the colonies, compare with the enclosed reference value table and you'll know for sure!

If your suspicion is confirmed, MELLERUD Mould Killer Chlorine Free* and MELLERUD Mould Killer* help to subsequently tackle and eliminate the mould. Whereas MELLERUD Mould Killer Chlorine Free* works without chlorine or any odour, MELLERUD Mould Killer* uses the power of chlorine and also has a bleaching effect. For preventative action use MELLERUD Mould Shield*, which can simply be applied to wallpapered or painted walls. Using MELLERUD Anti Mould Additive* it is easy to produce anti-mould paint or anti-mould plaster. MELLERUD dehumidifiers complete the MELLERUD mould range and help to remove moisture from the room air in vulnerable rooms such as kitchens, bathrooms or cellars.

*Use biocide products with caution. Always read the label and product information before use.