MOULD

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It looks re­ally bad, it can make you sick and it can take con­sid­er­able ef­fort to re­move, so it’s lit­tle won­der mould can be the cat­a­lyst for a ren­o­va­tion.

“Mould is a huge is­sue,” says Sarah Comer­ford of Home By Belle.

“There’s a lot of mois­ture in the air in cer­tain sub­urbs that have a lot more trees, but mould will grow any­where.”

Left un­treated, it’s not only un­sightly but it can cause ma­jor res­pi­ra­tory and skin pro prob­lems for res­i­dents. If it’s be­com­ing an is­sue and the u usual treat­ments don’t work, Sarah says it points to a big­ger is­sue and you need to find the source of the prob­lem to deal with it ef­fec­tively. If the prob­lem is se­vere, that can in­volve call­ing in pro­fes­sion­als. Sarah says a lot of the time mould can be grow­ing un­der­neath the h house, mak­ing it harder to deal with. “When it’s se­vere, mould can bec be­come a big is­sue that needs to be treat treated by spe­cial­ists,” Sarah says. “A lot of the t time if you have a mould prob­lem, it’s like, ‘Yes, ev­ery­thing’s got to go’. “You d don’t tech­ni­cally have to ren­o­vate your bath bath­room be­cause there’s mould on the ceil­ing, but you of­ten need to get more ven­ti­la­tion in the room.” Sarah says some peo­ple de­cide to re­move the plas­ter­board and start again when their bath­room is af­fected by mould. “Once it’s in the plas­ter­board you can’t get rid of it — it needs to be re­placed,” she says. “When we paint wet ar­eas like bath­rooms and kitchens now there’s an ad­di­tive in the paint and that helps keep it at bay.”

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