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!

10 Signs of a water leak

10 Signs of a water leak

Water leaks are one of the most common household problems that people deal with on a regular basis. Not only is it a household problem, many restaurants and hotels too encounter this galling situation quite frequently. If you notice any of the signs of a water leak, as listed below – they are a good indicator that it might be time to call a professional to get the problem investigated and fixed.

1. Damp Walls

Damp walls and ceilings are usual notifiers and while they might not bother you easily, they eventually turn into an unpleasant sight and lead to the growth of mould. It also creates a shoddy impression on visitors when they notice it.

2. Foul Odour

This signal is very unpleasing and probably the most frustrating. You do not know where the smell is emerging from and it vexes your mind when trying to locate its origin. It is likely that when you do find it, you will also uncover a water drip.

3. Water Bills

If you find an unexpected peak in your water bills which doesn’t correct itself in the future, get your property checked to find if there is any unwanted water seeping through. It might well save you the extra money being paid every month for water bills.

4. Water level in swimming pools

Does your swimming pool look like it’s getting drier by the day? Well, a little evaporation is expected if you live in a place with high temperatures. However, if the water levels seem to be reducing by leaps, you might need to be concerned about a possible water leakage.

5. Continuous sound of water

The sound of flowing water resonates a feeling of relaxation for many people. However, this is true if the sound is from a water body and not within your property. If the sound is from within your property, call a professional to find any possible leaks and feel relaxed once the sound has stopped.

6. Wet floor

Wet floors can cause people to slip and cause injuries. Before this happens, look for the origin of the water if the floor is wet unexpectedly. And if you find an unexpected water leak that cannot be fixed by yourself, call in a professional and get it checked.

7. Cracks on the walls

This can be visually unpleasing and can spoil the look of any well designed interior space. Spotting cracks on the wall that are evidently visible, can lead to broken pipes within a wall. Before you repaint the wall, fix any potential water leak.

8. Mold

As a result of water logged walls, mold can result when a buildings air conditioning breaks down or is not functioning correctly so that dampness is no longer hidden. If a rooms airation or air conditioning is inadequate and water leaks exist, this normally will result in the growth of mold.

9. Warped wood

Wooden furniture or door frames can be another strong indicator of a presence of dampness. If for an unknown reason, you find any wooden floor, door frames or furniture that look warped and damp, it may be giving you a hint to a nearby water leakage.

10. Condensation

Condensation happens when the air is moist and evaporated water is being condensed due to exposure to a cooler temperature. However, if you find condensation happening regularly in a specific area and that too without noticeable shifts in the temperature, it is due to a water being present somewhere near.

LeakDTech is a professional service provider for fixing even the most complex and hidden water leaks with your property, be it a commercial or residential one.

Water leaks in rental properties – what to do?

Water leaks in rental properties – what to do?

The moment that you discover a water leakage, you want to get it fixed as soon as possible. But do things change for a rental premise in Dubai? Many buildings in the city are covered under a property management contract with an external service provider. So before renting, it is best to know if it is being managed or not. Depending on the answer you get for that, the next steps for resolving a water leak issue would vary. However, the first move is one you should always take, which is: locate the main water supply tap in your house. Step two: turn it off! An even better option is to locate that tap prior to a leak occurring to save yourself the trouble.
Water leak in a managed property:

If covered under a contract for property management with an external service provider, your next step should be to contact the manager. When informing, mention it as an emergency if the water flow is heavy and intense. If it is a minor dripping of water that does not necessarily require immediate professional fixing, do not intentionally create a false alarm by communicating that water is pouring out acutely.
Water leak in an unmanaged property:

When entering into a rental agreement for an unmanaged property, ensure to ask the landlord about what type of maintenance would be considered to be your responsibility. Once that has been clarified make sure that you get what has been agreed upon is printed in your official rental contract. This will negate the possibility of any sort of misunderstanding to occur between the tenant and the landlord. All rental agreements signed in Dubai are regulated by RERA (Real Estate Regulatory Agency) and will clearly define who is accountable.

If the maintenance cost is agreed to be covered by you, call in a professional directly and get it fixed. If not, call the owner and inform about the situation and the severity of the water leakage, so the owner can take an appropriate action to get it fixed.

If you are experiencing any sort of water leakage issues, contact LeakDtech to get it fixed. You can also refer us to your property manager or owner to ensure that you get a complete professional fix.