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Home Living : March 29th 2011
4 HLF - HOME LIVING: NORTH WEST, Tuesday, March 29, 2011 Don't mess with mould » ADVERTISING FEATURE HOMELIVING Any house with a mouldy or musty smell, with dark stains on its walls or ceilings shows signs of mould present and poses a health hazard. Archicentre, the building advisory service of the Australian Institute of Architects, warns mould should not be taken lightly. Archicentre's ACT and NSW manager Ian Agnew said mould was a common factor found by its inspectors in older homes and units, and apartments with poor ventilation. Mr Agnew said mould in homes was an issue homeowners should monitor carefully and all prospective home- buyers check thoroughly. ''Mould grows wherever it can find food and water. As food sources are abundant in buildings, mould growth generally indicates the presence of excess moisture, which may be due to numerous factors, including leaking water pipes, flooding and condensation." Moulds release toxins which may result in adverse health effects, including allergies, asthma and other respiratory disorders, eye, nose and throat irritation and skin problems. ''Moulds are living organisms and reproduce by releasing spores into the atmosphere, similar to mushrooms and other fungi,'' Mr Agnew said. ''Rising damp may be evident in winter, but is not always detectable in summer. Even minor signs of damp may indicate a far more serious underlying problem and you should consult a damp control company.'' Mr Agnew said it was important to trace the source of the damp which could come from leaking water pipes. He said mould could be eradicated by cleaning it with a special purpose household cleaner -- which should kill the present infestation, fixing any sources of moisture such as condensation, rising damp, leaking roofs and pipes, and by improving ventilation by leaving windows open. ''To cure rising damp, your damp control company or building inspector will advise the most appropriate solution.'' archicentre.com.au APOLLO® PATIOS Patios Pergolas Carports Decks Screened & Glass Enclosures 9679 9957 www.apollopatio.com.au Construction by Apollo Additions 166046c * conditions apply * ALL AREAS 9838 9090 FREE MEASURE & QUOTE Lifetime Warranty www.justforyouwardrobes.com.au DESIGNED TO SUIT YOUR BUDGET Timber Coloured panel Painted Mirrored Sliding Hinged Built-inWardrobe SPECIALISTS JUST FOR YOU WARDROBES PTY. LTD Lic. 185684C 2032708K wk41 4577 7474 www.arcticair.com.au FREE upgrade to a Daikin 4 zone controller with the purchase of any Daikin ducted system & 10% OFF all wall mounted split systems WINNER 2223079i 26/3 AUTUMN SAVINGS... 2246848i 1/03 We offer a range of Gable and Flat Awnings and Carports, Conservatories and Sunrooms, designed to suit your needs and your budget. FREE QUOTES Phone 9627 1922 Interest Free terms - conditions apply Awning with Gable (6000x3000) $4340 Screen Enclosure with Glass Wall (6000x3000) $7000 Unit 1, 58-60 Melbourne Road (Cnr Brisbane Rd) Riverstone www.adams-newdawn.com Bld Lic No 178737c Improve the value of your home 2051882i hlf wk17
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