The possibility that mold has infiltrated a home is one of a homeowner’s most dreaded fears. The mere mention of the organism has caused everything from parents evacuating a house to potential buyers walking away from a deal. Here are six scary things to know about mold remediation:
Not all mold is bad
The manufacture of many kinds of cheese and antibiotics depend on the action of “good’ molds. Still, the overwhelming majority of molds that will be found growing in a home are of the “bad” variety. It is simply better to be safe than sorry. After all, would you feed your children moldy bread? Keep these facts in mind if you find any moldy areas in your home and take steps to remediate the situation as soon as possible.
Sometimes mold causes health problems
Without a doubt, mold can cause serious health problems across a wide range of people – especially children – and it is essential to remove this health threat immediately. Otherwise, the mold can spread making remediation more difficult and more expensive. In short, the sooner a mold problem is detected and dealt with, the better everyone in the home will feel.
Mold is everywhere – no really!
As scary as this fact may seem, it is not as dire as it sounds. In reality, mold is all around us and is very natural. There are mold spores in the air you are breathing right now, and there is no way around this fact unless you decide to live inside a plastic bubble, environmentally controlled bubble. The actual problem is with the concentration of mold indoors. Mold should not be allowed to grow on walls or other interior surfaces as it can contribute a multitude of allergens to space.
Bleach can help mold remediation – sometimes
While not completely false, this fact is a half-truth. Bleach will kill almost all kinds of mold on non-porous surfaces. Porous surfaces are a different matter altogether, however. Bleach simply cannot be relied upon to kill mold on such common porous surfaces as wood and drywall. Research continues to be done on the effectiveness of bleach as a mold cleanup agent. It should also be noted that using bleach poses its own health risks and is not a recommended solution by the EPA or OSHA. Bleach is also very corrosive and can cause further damage if not used correctly.
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Surface mold elimination is rarely enough
Without a doubt, this is one of the most persistent and false, myths about household mold. In fact, to use the old cliché, “it just scratches the surface.” Mold is insidious and will infiltrate itself into corners, crevices and even into the actual drywall itself. Simply cleaning the area is insufficient and often the entire subsurface are will have to be replaced. Finally, proper care must be exercised when removing the afflicted areas so that the mold spores and other allergens are not spread throughout the house.
It is a do-it-yourself project – kind of
Simply wiping down the affected area is not good enough. To properly clean a mold problem, you must identify the cause, isolate the area to keep the mold from spreading, and clean or remove the underlying problem. In short, it is probably in your best interest to call a professional mold remediation company of your mold problem is of any size.
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Mold can be scary. Let the EXPERTS at SanAir evaluate and if needed, handle the mold remediation for your home or office! Contact us TODAY to learn more!