What are the risks of using bleach?

As the old wives’ tale goes, bleach can remove mould in the house. Those who’ve tried this method might have seen instant results by bleaching the surface and it appears to be the perfect solution. Until the mould comes creeping back that is.

Mould is unpleasant to look at, smell and live with. Even without knowing a great ideal about it, everyone knows it’s hazardous to our health. Mould contains mycotoxins that can result in allergy-like symptoms, which can include eczema, asthma, shortness of breath and it can sometimes impact the immune system. So, we understand why so many have reached for the bleach in the cupboard. But this could be just as hazardous!

Why using bleach to treat mould is hazardous?

Bleach is dangerous for adults, children and pets. There’s an argument bleach isn’t as hazardous when you’re flushing it down the toilet or pouring it down the sink to keep the drain pipes clean, but it certainly is when it’s being wiped on walls, ceilings and the floor.

Bleach contains fumes that are harmful to our body, especially our lungs. Using bleach on surfaces to combat mould is exposing your body to harmful disinfectant chemicals, which could later result in health problems as recent reports have suggested.

How to control mould

The first step is to address the issue of condensation which is the primary cause of mould in homes. Condensation is created through normal household activities such as washing, cooking, bathing, cleaning etc. A few suggestions to reduce and prevent condensation:

  • Improve air flow in the house
  • Ventilate the house when showering, cooking and doing laundry
  • Dry wet areas immediately
  • Control humidity levels
  • Ensure adequate levels of heating in the property.
  • Make sure there are no leaks from pipes, washing machines and tumble dryers are properly vented

Mould treatments

Once you’ve covered all the first steps in reducing condensation the problem of mould growth contamination has to be treated, you’ll need to look at mould treatments that are approved by the Health and Safety Executive Under the Control of Pesticides Regulations 1986 (as amended).

Mould Growth Consultants have specialised in this area for over 50 years and manufacture a range of mould treatments, that are HSE approved, to eradicate mould, along with thermal insulation and mould resistant paints, to prevent mould from growing. Our treatments are safe, easy and a quick solutions to treating mould effectively.

For more information or if you want further details on any MGC product, get in touch today.