Mould Inspections: Your Key to a Healthy Gold Coast Home
Mould, often overlooked as a mere blemish on home interiors, is a silent invader lurking beneath the surface. Flourishing best in the warm and humid embrace that characterises the Gold Coast climate, this common fungus presents more than just an aesthetic challenge. It’s a tangible health risk. While the Gold Coast is synonymous with sun-soaked beaches and vibrant living, it’s equally a fertile ground for mould growth. Recognising its presence and understanding its potential hazards is the first step in ensuring our homes remain a sanctuary of health and comfort amidst the coastal warmth.
Types of Mould in Gold Coast Homes
- Black Mould (Stachybotrys chartarum) Regarded as the most harmful, black mould poses a significant health risk to Gold Coast residents. It thrives in high-humidity areas like bathrooms, kitchens, and basements. This mould is a major cause of respiratory infections and skin allergies.
- White Mould (Aspergillus niger) Though less dangerous than Stachybotrys chartarum, Aspergillus niger is still a concern. You’ll commonly find this mould in damp places such as closets, laundry rooms, and attics.
- Green Mould (Penicillium spp.) While not as toxic as black mould, green mould, from the Penicillium genus, still poses health risks. Typical hiding places include garages and neglected crawlspaces.
- Yellow Mould (Aspergillus flavus) Less commonly found but still a health hazard, Aspergillus flavus primarily occupies basements and bathrooms. Despite its lesser prevalence, ignoring its presence can be dangerous. According to the National Library of Medicine, this mould is associated with invasive aspergillosis (IA), a condition posing a high mortality risk. This risk is especially elevated for immunocompromised individuals, such as those with acute leukemia or allogeneic stem cell transplants. In these groups, the mortality rate can reach up to 45%. The incidence of IA has also been rising, particularly among individuals with haematological malignancies, solid organ transplants, solid tumors, or chronic renal failure.