Gold Coast company warns of mold concerns in bedrooms, on walls and around the home

Experts warn of an insidious and often hidden health threat lurking in Australian homes and growing as summer approaches.

Mermaid Beach resident Rosie Ball said she had no idea her device had been taken over by the fungus.

She had a bit of insomnia and constantly felt uncomfortable and tired with no apparent explanation.

A discolored ceiling was the first sign of the mold problem. (9 news)

“I’m really worried about my health,” Ms Ball said.

“We just assumed the ceiling was discolored.”

Rosie Ball - mold dwelling.
Insomnia, fatigue and breathing problems were some of the systems Mrs Ball faced. (9 news)

The entire Ms Balls ceiling, bathroom, window sills, air conditioner, furniture and the walls around her bed were all covered in mold.

Gerard Murtah of Mold Men, a Gold Coast-based mold removal service, said many Australians were unaware of the health consequences of mold, which can cause infections and several other respiratory problems through inhalation of its spores.

Murtah said Ms. Ball’s house was one of several homes that caused health problems for the people living in them.

Mermaid Beach resident, Rosie Balls unit was taken over by Mushroom
Mermaid Beach resident, Rosie Balls unit was taken over by Mushroom (9 news)

“A lot of people think it’s just a little dirty, or that it’s discoloration in the paint without realizing they’re living with mold every day,” Murtah said.

“We handle about 350 properties a week.”

Insomnia, fatigue and breathing problems were some of the systems she faced.
The entire Ms Balls ceiling, bathroom, window sills, the walls around her bed, air conditioning and furniture were all covered in mold. (9 news)

Exposure to mold in damp homes can cause health problems such as nasal congestion, sneezing and respiratory infections and aggravate asthma and allergies.

Murtah said mold thrived in humid conditions and was often more prevalent during the summer months.

“Our subtropical environment and the amount of wet weather we’ve had recently is the perfect environment for mold,” he said.

“The best time to treat mold growth is as soon as you see it.”

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