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Black mould still an issue post TC Debbie

ON THE JOB: Professional cleaners use specific products on black mould.
ON THE JOB: Professional cleaners use specific products on black mould.

IN THE wake of Cyclone Debbie, reports of black mould, known to exacerbate health issues like asthma, have been on the rise.

Etwell Cleaners business owner Jack Pirlo said the fungal organism had been around for a long time but since the cyclone its presence had become more apparent, especially in places like ceilings, bearers, window frames, cavities and even under carpets.

If not treated in the correct way, he said spores could float to another position and the mould would reappear.

"At the moment we are doing a lot of jobs for insurance claims," he said.

"Houses have been gutted and they have mould."

Dr Konrad Kagru said black mould could caused allergy symptoms or make existing health problems worse.

"Black mould is not like asbestos or lung cancer types of conditions," he said.

"It's not something that you need antibiotics for."

He said people with existing lung conditions could experience a worsening of their condition or an associated infection, which may require antibiotics.

"The key really is to ventilate the area as best we can," he said.

Mr Pirlo said high heat, moisture and humidity meant traditional mould-busting remedies would not solve a black mould problem.

"We actually use proper mould removal and remediation chemicals and stain removers, blowers and dehumidifiers, because moulds are not all the same," he said.

"The only way to ensure it doesn't come back is to get a registered cleaner with the right chemicals. Some of these jobs people can claim through the insurance."

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