Moisture Mapping: A Proactive Approach to Mould Prevention

Mould Prevention in house
  • Author: Fazal Umer
  • Posted On: October 18, 2023
  • Updated On: October 18, 2023

Mould is dangerous to be exposed to, leaves behind unsightly stains, and is very difficult to remove. Preventing mould can protect people’s health and avoid the destructive effects it could have on your property. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to stop the fungus from growing in your home. 

ICE Cleaning is a specialist cleaning company that offers safe, thorough mould removal services. Its technicians are mould specialists that can remove mould on surfaces and airborne mould with its nine stage mould remediation process. They are available nationwide, day and night, 365 days a year.

Keep reading to find out how moisture mapping can help you prevent mould in your home. 

What is moisture mapping?

Moisture maps are photographs or drawings that represent the moisture levels in a property. The moisture is clearly marked out by a superimposed grid that shows the moisture level for each square. 

It usually involves tools like moisture meters and infrared cameras being used around the wet zone to see where the wet areas and dry areas meet.

Moisture maps are typically used to identify wet locations so a drying process can be measured and documented. Determining what is wet and the cause of entry is critical to ensure the property is dried out thoroughly. 

They can also be used to detect areas of potential microbial growth. Mould grows in environments that contain excess moisture, so damp and water damage are some of the biggest causes of it. 

The benefits of moisture mapping

Firstly, moisture maps are very useful as they allow you to visualise wet and dry areas accurately, spot water migration, and understand the moisture quantity in the wet areas. 

Mapping also helps professionals efficiently identify and dry out only the areas that need it. Professionals can record multiple readings over a period of time to see how the area is drying, too. 

As you can use non-destructive tools to create a moisture map, it means there will be no damage to the surface, as well.

Other ways to prevent mould

Moisture mapping can help you find areas where mould could develop so you can then take the appropriate preventative measures. However, there are lots of different ways to stop mould in your home:

  • Keep humidity levels below 50% all day – consider purchasing a dehumidifier if you don’t already have one
  • Have any damp or leaks fixed as soon as possible by professionals
  • Ventilate the property regularly by opening windows to get rid of humid air and help circulate fresh air
  • Don’t dry clothes indoors as this can release water vapour into the air 
  • Install extractor fans in the bathroom and kitchen to get rid of humid air while washing and cooking

ICE Cleaning’s mould experts have many years of experience removing mould from a range of different properties. They can even diagnose the specific cause of the growth and advise on how to prevent it returning in the future. You can find out more about ICE Cleaning and its specialist cleaning services on its website.

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Author: Fazal Umer

Fazal is a dedicated industry expert in the field of civil engineering. As an Editor at ConstructionHow, he leverages his experience as a civil engineer to enrich the readers looking to learn a thing or two in detail in the respective field. Over the years he has provided written verdicts to publications and exhibited a deep-seated value in providing informative pieces on infrastructure, construction, and design.