Expat Beware

Expat Beware

EXPATS Moving in and MOULD

Does this sound familiar… You’ve just arrived in Asia. You’ve had a week to find the perfect home for your family, settle the children into the Right school, the car, the new grocery store, maybe a helper – it’s an avalanche!

Due to the tropical climate and weather conditions in Asia it is common place to find mould, of some description, in most buildings. Before you take the keys to your new accommodation  ensure you inspect all cupboards and dark places for mould, your nose will be the best guide.

It is normal practice for your landlord to have the property painted before you arrive. If there was mould present, you can be assured it has just been painted over. Painting is one of the cheapest services in Asia and it is also normal for the paint to be of cheap quality which is often watered-down. If mould was present be aware it has not been removed, merely masked. Once painted, mould soon comes back with a vengeance, as it has been sealed over and is now in a nice dark moist environment. Mould loves that.

Remember, if the house smells musty, even though you might not be able to see it, it’s a sure indication that mould is present.

Another area to be aware of is in the Air-conditioning units. You will be instructed through your Landlord  to have a quarterly service contract in place for each unit. These services ensure the AC units are kept clean, but only on the outside. The process is to remove the front filter and clean by spraying it with water. 

Mould very regularly thrives within an AC unit. They need to have a regular (i.e. Yearly) Internal Chemical clean to rid it of the mould that is growing happily in the dark, moist internals of the unit. If this is not undertaken you could be blowing fine harmful mould spores all about the room.

Do not believe that anyone but yourself will have the best health interests of your family at heart. Simply put, a landlord might ‘prefer’ to pay the least amount of maintenance as possible.

MouldGone trained and certified staff can undertake a mould treatment prior to you moving in. If mould does become an issue after you move in, it could become an ongoing battle with your landlord and agent. This could mean a cost to your landlord and they just will not be interested. Perhaps you will receive an offer to repaint, at best.

Remember, some paint is Mould food and mould loves it!

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But wait, there’s more!!

You may be tempted to have one of the Singapore mould companies come and treat your home, they come in in t-shirts and jeans and a mask and spray CHEMICALS all through your home. They may tell you that their product has 99.9999% efficacy - Whoopee. Yes Chemicals kill mould and yes they are part of a treatment program, but they should be seen as a last resort.

The US A EPA Guide for Mold Remediation  in Schools states;
The purpose of mold remediation is to remove the mold to prevent human exposure and damage to building materials and furnishings. It is necessary to clean up mold contamination, not just to kill the mold. Dead mold is still allergenic, and some dead molds are potentially toxic. The use of a biocide, such as chlorine bleach, is not recommended as a routine practice during mold remediation, although there may be instances where professional judgment may indicate its use (for example, when
immune-compromised individuals are present). In most cases, it is not possible or desirable to sterilize an area; a background level of mold spores will remain in the air (roughly equivalent to or lower than the level in outside air). These spores will not grow if the moisture problem in the building has been resolved.


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