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Moldy Misconceptions

If there is one thing we’ve learned during our years in business it is undoubtedly that mold is widely misunderstood. We’ve met so many wonderful homeowners that have been misled about the extent of their mold problem. We’ve also met many disappointed homeowners that underestimated their mold problem and its impact on their wellbeing.

While every home and every person is unique, there are some universal mold truths and we think it’s important that you know them.

  1. Mold type cannot be identified on sight. There are hundreds of different types of mold. Some are known to be toxic and some are not. They come in a variety of colors and textures. Just because a mold is black in color does not mean it is “black mold”. The only way to determine mold type is through mold testing.
  2. Bleach is a bad idea. Bleach on porous surfaces like drywall, wood, fabrics, etc. can actually encourage more mold growth. The chlorine in bleach can remove some of the surface mold on porous surfaces but that chlorine is quickly used up and loses its effectiveness. What’s left of bleach when the chlorine is gone? Water. Bleach is largely made of water and guess what loves water? Mold! The water found in bleach is absorbed into the surface you are cleaning and actually feeds the root of the mold problem you’re fighting. See? Bleach is a bad idea.
  3. New or “clean” houses don’t have mold. Mold doesn’t care how often you mop your floor or when your house was built. Can keeping a tidy house help prevent a mold problem? Sure it can. Avoiding clutter and cleaning water spills or leaks quickly are good ways to prevent mold growth in your home but sometimes mold just happens. New homes can actually be more susceptible to mold growth caused by high humidity because they are built to such high energy efficiency standards that they don’t “breathe” well.

Mold growth can be tricky to understand and it’s not typically something anyone spends time thinking about until they have a problem. We get it and we understand mold remediation is never something you budget for. We are here to help. If you have questions, we’re happy to talk through the options for a mold inspection, remediation or testing. If you think you’ve been misinformed, reach out and we’ll do our best to help. Lastly, we promise never to suggest more remediation than is necessary and we will continue doing everything possible to keep our pricing fair and affordable.

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