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Mold is one of the most common problems that homeowners face. It develops quickly, growing as fast as 24 to 48 hours within the home when water or moisture is present. But despite everything that is known about mold, there are still a lot of misconceptions. Once you bust the myths, you will have a better understanding of mold and its impact on your health and home. We’ve put together a list of nine common mold myths and the truth behind them. Use this information to your benefit when you encounter a mold problem.
Truth: While mold can affect your health due to long-term exposure, some molds can also be beneficial. The mold found in natural environments helps decompose organic material, allowing other organisms to grow. Certain molds, such as Aspergillus flavus, are used in the production of cheese. Some molds are used in medicine, as well. For instance, the Penicillium mold has been used to create Penicillin, the first antibiotic discovered. However, immunocompromised individuals exposed to high levels of these molds may become sick.
Truth: Although not everyone is affected when exposed to mold, all molds have the potential to cause illness or distress, especially among people who already have respiratory issues. Common symptoms associated with mold exposure include coughing, watery eyes, congestion, headaches, and even memory loss and dizziness. Most recently, researchers at Rutgers University have discovered that mold exposure can lead to Parkinson’s disease-like symptoms.
Truth: The truth is that mold spores are present everywhere, indoors and outdoors. The air you are breathing contains mold spores, and completely eliminating it is almost impossible. The problem lies in the concentration of mold in your home. Greater amounts of mold can pose health risks and damage your home if you don’t take care of the mold infestation.
Truth: Many people think that just because they can’t see it, it’s not there. Seeing isn’t believing when it comes to mold, as not all types of mold are visible. Therefore, it’s best to rely on smell to detect mold. If you smell a musty odor, there’s likely mold present.
Truth: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that there are anywhere from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of mold and fungi species — far too many to identify. However, some of the most common found in homes are Cladosporium, Penicillium, Alternaria, and Aspergillus.
Truth: Many people use bleach as a mold removal solution in their home. However, they are unaware that bleach kills only live mold, but not mold spores. The worst part is that removing mold with bleach and water can allow mold to regrow even faster. Instead, use a mix of household detergent and water for small-scale mold remediation.
Truth: In reality, a mold problem can become bigger if the moisture problem is not addressed. What’s more, mold can spread to any organic surface, as well as to the heating and ventilation system in your home. This can result in widespread damage and costly repairs.
Truth: Even infected areas smaller than 10 square feet require professional mold removal services. In fact, your efforts in removing mold may accelerate mold growth. Well-trained mold remediation professionals have specialized equipment and know the necessary techniques to get rid of mold much more efficiently.
Truth: Removing mold is one thing, but resolving the water issue is something else. The only way to completely stop mold from returning is to solve the moisture or water problem that caused the mold to grow in the first place.
As you can see, mold is a serious, often misunderstood problem that can grow even more problematic if it isn’t taken care of properly. That’s why PuroClean franchisees follow the IICRC standards for professional mold remediation and eliminate mold using the latest, most effective techniques. For more information, contact PuroClean today.