Removing mould from wood

removing mould from wood

Mould growing on wood is one of the most commonly founds mould contamination in house. Most typical places for mould to occur are the partition walls studs, loft rafters, wooden floors and floor timbering. Wood is a natural food source and contains many minerals and nutrients which will enhance mould growth. Another reason wood attracts a lot of mould is the fact once it is wet it holds its moisture for a long time. This creates perfect conditions for wood mould: easy access to water, nutrient availability and temperate temperature.

Mould growing on wood apart from the fact that is it unsightly can result in weakening of the wood itself. Wood rot can have significant cost implication as severely damaged structural wood needs to be replaced. Wood rotting mould is only a small problem if considering their potential to contaminate indoor living space. They generally decompose wood (dry rot, wet rot etc) and release only small amounts of spores and toxins. However wood is often colonised by moulds which use wood as a growing substrate and source of nutrients. These moulds, most of which are toxic, can rapidly spread across wood and produce very high amounts of spores and mycotoxins.

Possibly the most dangerous situation arises when mould grows hidden under floor boards. This hidden mould produces mycotoxins which evaporate into the indoor living space and slowly poison occupants. At first sight the house can look completely mould clean and still the occupant suffer off the mycotoxins exposure symptoms.

Starting point of mould removal from wood is the assessment of the severity of the problem. If you believe it to be a small problem and wish to tackle it yourself then there are steps that can be taken to do so. However if you believe it to be more of a serious problem or its somewhere you're worried about (i.e. wooden supports etc) then a professional mould remover should be contacted.

When removing the mould yourself make sure you have all the correct safety precautions in place:

With all the safety precautions in place you can begin to clear the mould:

When dealing with mould on wood you need to keep checking for damp spots or small bits of mould. The sooner you remove the mould and fix the problem the less damage will be caused. If the mould problem is bad then make sure you contact a professional mould removal contractor as it may save you money replacing damaged parts.

With all the safety precautions in place you can begin to clear the mould:

When dealing with mould on wood you need to keep checking for damp spots or small bits of mould. The sooner you remove the mould and fix the problem the less damage will be caused. If the mould problem is bad then make sure you contact a professional mould removal contractor as it may save you money replacing damaged parts.