Myths and Facts about Mold – Article by Moldremovalsolution.com
Myths and Facts about Mold:
There is a lot of hysteria and hype due to the misinformation regarding mold. Most of this information is given to sell a company’s product or service regarding the clean-up of mold. The information given is not to go over every aspect of mold remediation or a DIY class, but to get you to start asking questions to get the correct information from qualified professionals.
Even though the internet is a great tool to research information regarding mold, one must be very careful in where the source of the information is coming from.
Do you believe everything you read in the newspapers? Depending on the newspaper the information regarding a specific incident or conflict will be skewed by the writer’s opinions and biases or to fit the demographics of its readers. Don’t forget that a newspaper is a business and their job is to sell you the news. It is vitally important that we as homeowners listen to the scientists that have proven facts and not the so called “experts”.
Myth: There is only ”one type” of bad mold; that “black mold and its BAD!”
Fact: The type of black mold that made the news years ago is called Stachybotrys. However, there are other molds that look black, and are fairly common and generally not of concern. A lot of people aren’t even aware that mold can vary in color from white, or orange, or blue, or green, etc. The color of a mold generally has to do with the spores it produces, and has no bearing on whether it is dangerous or not. It is the mycotoxin of the mold spore that can be harmful to
Myth: If I see mold, cleaning it with bleach is the best way to get rid of it.
Fact: Bleach is generally not recommended as a fungicide (mold killer). It works by dousing the mold in toxic levels of its chemical properties. The problem is that humans are susceptible to bleach’s damaging properties, and that it is generally a water-based solution (Moisture = Mold). What will happen is that water penetrates the surface and it gives moisture to the roots of the mold. If this moisture is not corrected the mold will happily begin to grow again. Remember
that the mycotoxin of the mold spore is what can be harmful to individuals. By using bleach you may only make the mold look like it has disappeared but in fact you may have released these mold spores into the air. For small patches of household mold a mild detergent will suffice. It is vitally important to make sure that the area you are cleaning dries quickly (ideally within 24-48 hours) so that any small areas of mold left over will not get the chance to start growing again.
Why did it come back? Mold was able to grow because it has a moisture source. Often this means that there is and/or was a leak or something similar involved in the first place that was not corrected. Just removing the mold without fixing the source of the problem will usually result in the mold coming back.
Myth: I can just paint over the mold to seal it up.
Fact: Many people attempt to paint over mold only to discover that in a few months the mold has either poked its way through the paint, or the paint has started peeling off. The mold has to be physically removed before painting can be done, even if you’re using “mold-resistant” paint. Has anyone tried to sell you a sealant as a corrective measure? Did the source of water infiltration get fixed?
Myth: Mold and mildew are totally different things.
Fact: Mildew is mold. It’s a word that is generally used to refer to a few specific types of molds, but it’s still mold.
Myth: Mold only will grow on organic materials such as wood or food.
Fact: Mold can grow on any surface including glass.
Myth: Only messy and dirty properties have mold problems.
Fact: Mold does not discriminate and is often found in clean environments. Remember that moisture = mold. A clean wet environment can produce mold.
Myth: If I don’t see mold on my property, it probably doesn’t exist.
Fact: Mold often grows in hidden places. (Wall cavities, behind wallpaper, in attics, etc.) Even though we may not see it the spores are around in the air.
Myth: Mold affects everyone the same way.
Fact: Different people react differently to mold. It depends on the person, their immune system, and the type of mold.
Myth: Mold can be completely eliminated.
Fact: There will always be mold spores in the air. It is impossible to completely rid a property of mold. The best one can do is by inspecting your property for mold problems and have it professionally taken care of immediately if one arises.
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