They appear everywhere – in old houses, but also in new apartments. They attack slowly, often unnoticed. When we perceive them, we are scared, nervous and sometimes even helpless. What are we talking about? Of course, about the hated blooms of mold or fungus on the wall or ceiling. Why the so-called a fungus arises, how to get rid of it, and above all, how to protect against it? You will learn all of this in this article. We invite you to read.
Mold and fungus – differences and similarities
Are mold and fungus the same? Not necessarily. While mold only grows on the outside of the wall, fungus can grow deeper. Mold usually feeds on micronutrients that are only found on paint. Both mold and fungus are dangerous to our health. They can cause coughing attacks, sinusitis, damage the liver and cause allergy. Both mold and fungus carry a characteristic, unpleasant odor in the apartment that is very difficult to get rid of.
How are they formed on the wall?
In order for a fungus to form on the wall, certain conditions must be met. First, mold and fungi like moisture, and it likes to form on the so-called thermal bridges. Most often it happens when different temperatures affect a given surface at the same time, especially in the case of external walls and the contact between walls and ceiling. Why? Because that’s where the heat is unevenly distributed. The temperature difference can cause condensation, especially when there is poor ventilation in the room.
Wall efflorescence can also occur when water seeps in from the outside. This can be caused, for example, by structural defects in the building or a leaky roof.
The second condition necessary for the formation of a fungus is the so-called wall infection, i.e. fungal or mold spores must appear in the apartment. Unfortunately, it is not difficult at all. Spores can get to us from the court – through an open window. We can bring them into the room ourselves, e.g. they are often placed on wood for the fireplace. If the spores are found in good conditions, they continue to develop in search of food.
The first symptoms
How can we know if we have friendly conditions at home for “breeding” these unwanted guests? Particular attention should be paid to air humidity. If we have a meter, then at a temperature of 20 to 22 degrees, it should indicate a maximum of 65%. High humidity can also be observed on mirrors and windows. If we regularly see water vapor on them, it is a sign that our house meets the conditions for the development of mold and fungus.
It is also worth observing the walls – especially those with a window and all the corners of the walls. Better to find the problem quickly and try to solve it. Although in many cases it will not be possible without major renovation.
Mold and fungus – what to do when it appears?
The first solution that often comes to mind is to use a fungicide on the wall. Unfortunately, as it turns out, this is a good solution in the short term. All because antifungal agents often only work superficially. It is true that special application methods sometimes eliminate the mycelium deep inside the wall, but ultimately do not eliminate the cause of the problem.
To get rid of unpleasant lesions, first of all, you should focus on solving the problem. If the fungus is the result of cracks in the roof or a poorly positioned gutter, fix the problem first. This is often associated with large financial outlays.
After eliminating the problem, the wall with the fungus must also be renovated. Clean with a special brush, only then apply fungicides and let them work.
Mold and fungus – avoid the problem. How will thermal insulation paint help?
Can such a problem be avoided? Yes! It is worth checking the condition of the roof and gutters on a regular basis and try to renovate them quite regularly to prevent major failures that may suddenly cause fungus development on the wall.
It is definitely worth preventing the formation of thermal bridges, which we wrote about earlier. To do this, it is best to paint the room with a thermal paint, i.e. one that acts like polystyrene and ensures a uniform temperature on the walls. (You can read how thermal insulation paint works here). Such paint can also be used to create insulation outside the building. Thanks to this, we will insulate the walls and reduce the risk of moisture in our apartment or house. It is a modern and innovative solution that already has many supporters.
Instead of spending money on expensive renovations, it is worthwhile to focus on prevention, for example with the use of thermal insulation paint.
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