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How Could Hidden Mould Make You Ill?

Posted by Kevin Taylor

Person diligently cleaning hidden mould spores from a mattress as a preventive health measure.

Mould is a pervasive problem in student accommodation that often lurks unseen, silently affecting the wellbeing of residents. With its ability to grow and spread unnoticed, mould causes a host of health issues, from mild allergic reactions to severe respiratory illnesses.

In this article, we'll explore the symptoms of mould exposure, the illnesses it can cause, and how our shower pods can prevent it from becoming a frustrating problem.


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What Are The Symptoms Of Black Mould Exposure?

Mould spores are present in almost every environment; however, in damp locations, such as student bathrooms, they can rapidly multiply, releasing harmful mycotoxins - toxic substances that can contaminate food, air, or surfaces, and pose serious health risks to humans when ingested or inhaled.

The symptoms of mould exposure vary as some people are more sensitive to mycotoxins than others. Common signs include:

  • Sneezing or runny nose

  • Coughing or wheezing

  • Shortness of breath

  • Red, itchy, or watery eyes

  • Nasal congestion and stuffiness

  • Persistent dry cough

What Illnesses Are Linked To Mould?

Mould exposure can cause or worsen many health issues, particularly for people with existing respiratory conditions or weak immune systems. Allergies to mould are common, and inhaling mould spores can trigger asthma attacks or worsen existing symptoms. In some cases, prolonged exposure can even result in chronic lung diseases and serious respiratory problems.

For students with compromised immune systems, exposure to mould may present as symptoms that resemble common colds, meaning the root cause may not be promptly identified. Also, the presence of hidden mould in student accommodation can increase the risk of respiratory infections and exacerbate existing health conditions.

How Can Mould-Resistant Shower Pods Help To Solve The Problem?

To prevent mould in student accommodation, it's essential that landlords and property managers maintain a dry and well-ventilated environment. All areas are susceptible without adequate ventilation, but kitchens and bathrooms are particularly vulnerable. Traditional showers and baths can become a breeding ground for mould as spores will grow beneath acrylic seals, on shower curtains, or in hidden corners – anywhere where moisture can penetrate and linger.

Leakproof shower pods are designed to prevent mould growth by offering an enclosed, sealed, and well-ventilated space where students can shower. Constructed from easy-to-clean GRP, modular shower pods are assembled with minimal time and effort, with the sections fitting so tightly that it’s impossible for water to escape and accumulate in hidden spaces.

Furthermore, as a complete one-stop solution, shower pods require no tiling or grouting, so water is unable to penetrate the cracks that often form between tiles, and there is no necessary long-term maintenance beyond simply wiping the surfaces down to keep them clean and hygienic.

Act Now To Solve The Problem Of Mould In Your Student Accommodation

To find out more about our innovative range of shower pods, please download our brochure or watch our videos. Our friendly and knowledgeable team are ready to help with any enquiries you may have and can be reached on 01483 532020 or you can get it touch via our website!
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