Toxic Mould – How Safe is Your Home?

Toxic Mould – How Safe is Your Home?

Toxic Mould – How Safe Is Your Home?

Whenever you say the word mould people get the impression of stale, horrible looking products whether it is on food or objects.   Mould is fungus made up of multicellular filaments called hyphae.

In order for mould to grow it requires certain conditions including the following:-

  • A base i.e. wood or material.
  • Darkness.
  • Warmth – cosy snug areas such as behind cupboards or in airing cupboards. Just as when your bread goes mouldy, it is because it is stored in a container or a bread bag keeping it warm.
  • Oxygen and moisture.

Therefore, one of the key causes of mould in the home is water leaks which are a primary cause.

One of the worst mould scenarios is if there is a water leak in a part of the property you cannot access, such as behind walls, fitted wardrobes, under floorboards or in ceiling structures.

Mould is not a nice problem to have and results in many items having to be replaced, especially if it has eaten in to materials such as curtains or carpet, an expense you could do without.

However, what a lot of people do not realise is that serious bouts of mould, known as Black Mould, can be dangerous to the health of you and your family.  Black mould is the worse type of mould you can get, it is toxic and is primarily known to grow in areas of high condensation and water damage.

If you have a suspicion that mould is collecting within your property due to a bad smell, or if you can actually see mould collecting on even the smallest areas within your home, the quicker you take action, the sooner you will begin to manage what could become a huge problem.

Luckily today, there are ways to find the source of the damp that leads to mould build up where the latest technologies can be deployed to quickly find and halt the continued spread of mould in your home.

For information on how we can help if you suspect a leak, consult LeakDTech’s professionals now!

Managing Leaks in a Commercial Pool

Managing Leaks in a Commercial Pool

Managing Leaks In A Commercial Pool Environment

In Dubai’s summer months, temperatures can soar to in excess of 50°c, so as well as the need for air conditioning systems, another cool down option is to have a quick dip.  Most Dubai hotels now have swimming pools to assist with their guest’s enjoyment and comfort during their stay.

Hotels have ground level swimming pools, as would be standard, but are also famous for their rooftop bars and swimming pools, not only to complement the hotels’ ostentatious and grandiose designs, but to allow a chance for guests to take in the breathless views of Dubai city and the amazing coastline.

However, a risk that has to be catered for as with all water resources is a leak, which can cause costly damage along with associated losses during the repair process.  If a pool were to leak at ground level, the damage would be confined to that area, but if a water leak were to occur in a rooftop pool facility, the damage to the floors and rooms below, along with the expense could be immeasurable.

A related risk with managing pool facilities is not just leaking water pipes.  Swimming pools are usually kept clean with chlorine, a poisonous chemical and, while small amounts are used for water cleanliness, if a leak were to occur from any source of chlorine this could cause serious harm to pool users.

Pools are built to be waterproof, but sealants can deteriorate, or the pool can slightly move with the surrounding ground changes causing leaks in pipes or cracks to the pool’s exterior.  Indicators of leaks would be wet patches of ground in the pool’s vicinity and the need to replenish the water levels more often. With a chlorine leak there would be a potent smell and people may complain of irritation to their skin or eyes.

But, the problem is that with all of the pipework and pool casing being buried deep in the ground or within the floor structure of the rooftop area, finding any leak is an almost impossible task without digging it all out.

Thankfully, there are now ways in which leaks can be accurately located either within the structure itself or the surrounding pipework by using a new innovative technology.  Combining the use of damp-testing, ground penetrating radars and thermal imaging, problems can be resolved swiftly and cost-effectively, ensuring your swimming pool stays safe and provides an enjoyable experience to cool down on those hot summer days!

For information on how we can help if you suspect a leak, consult LeakDTech’s professionals now!

How Much Water Are We Wasting?

How Much Water Are We Wasting?

How Much Water Are We Wasting?

Water is a resource that we literally have ‘on tap’ all day every day; crucial to our survival and one we take advantage of. Many countries do not have access to clean, free flowing water and as such, they appreciate every drop they use.  We use it for drinking, cooking, washing, showering, toilet flushing, feeding plants and washing cars, to name but a few. We always expect it to be there, clean and clear.

Surveys have estimated that an average person uses between 60 and 80 gallons of water a day. The average fuel tank size in a standard car holds about 12 gallons so, to illustrate, that amount of water would fill up your car nearly six times in a day!

Unfortunately, the disappointing fact is that about 90% – 95% of that water is wasted and goes down the drain, an average waste of about 50 – 60 gallons of water per person.

We do not consider just how much water we are wasting when we pour boiling water from our vegetables or pasta down the sink, let out all the bath water, wash our cars and water the garden. Just leaving the tap running while you brush your teeth can waste six litres of water a minute. A garden hose or sprinkler left on for one hour could furnish all the water needs of a family of four for a whole day.

In Dubai, every drop of water used from the sea has to go through a desalination process before it can be supplied to homes and businesses.  Other than the natural springs in the UAE, desalinated water is the main source of clean water, but it’s expensive, especially for water that might be wasted.

However, one area where we do waste water, but usually do not realise, is through leaking taps and pipes. In 2012, a UK based survey revealed that 2.5 billion litres of water a year is wasted through dripping taps alone; 5000-6000 litres per household per year. South Africa estimates that 20% of the municipalities’ water supply is wasted through dripping taps and leaking pipes.

The difficulty is that unless you can see or hear a drip or a leak, it’s almost impossible to realise and locate it within your pipework system. Fortunately, there is a new technology available to detect water leaks either by a specialist technician, who can use advanced technology to identify the exact location of a leak or, by having a water leak detection system installed at your property.

It may be an initial expense but just imagine how it will benefit you in the future, not only financially by lowering your water bills but, also to play your part in helping conserve the planet’s most important natural resource!

For information on how we can help if you suspect a leak, consult LeakDTech’s professionals now!