Myths About Mold
In this blog I would like to dispell some of the myths about mold. I hope you enjoy it and please don’t hesitate to contact us about a free mold estimate in you are in the Westchester, Bergen, Rockland or Fairfield areas.
Myth 1: Once the mold has been removed, all of my problems are solved. Mold, while a significant health hazard, is only the symptom of thetrue problem – elevated moisture or relative humidity. Until the source of moisture/humidity is located and eliminated, mold will continue to grow and expand. Once the moisture problem has been corrected, the mold will die. However, dead mold can still pose serious health threats to many individuals and should be removed by a mold removal company.
Myth2: Cleaning mold with bleach will take care of the problem. Bleach and other household cleaners only remove surface mold. They don’t eliminate mold that is hiding behind walls or absorbed into drywall, insulation, and other building materials. They also won’t kill the roots of the mold and since many of these cleaners are 90% or more water they actually can aid in the regrowth of the mold.
Myth#3: Mold In attics and crawl space is as dangerous as mold in my living room. Attics and crawl spaces are vented to the outdoors. Since mold is normally found outdoors, some molds in these areas are both common and acceptable. The problem comes in when there is some sort of venting problem or a leak. This can lead to an outbreak of mold and an infestation. Significant mold growth in these areas can, however, be transmitted to the interior air space through air leaks between the spaces and home via doorways and poorly sealed cracks, and gaps.
Myth#4: If I don’t see mold in my house, it probably does not exist. Hidden mold accounts for the majority of mold related illnesses. For example, water entering the interior walls from the outside may foster mold growth inside the walls that is not visible from interior rooms. Since mold reproduces by airborne spores, you can easily get sick from mold you never see. Only professional air testing can detect mold that is hiding. Musty smells and signs of water intrusion are good indications of the likelihood of mold, even if you can’t see it.
Myth#5: I had a thorough home inspection and the Inspector didn’t report mold. Detecting mold is a highly skilled science and not usually part of a professional home inspection. A home inspection is a general visual inspection. Home inspectors will report visible mold if they see it, they cannot perform the type of testing that will determine if hidden mold exists
Myth #6: If mold is discovered in my home, I won’t be able to sell it. Once the mold and source of moisture /humidity have been eliminated, and a mold clearance letter is issued, this should not stop a buyer any more than any other problem that has been properly corrected.