What Not To Do If You Have Mold!
The question, now, is what should you do if you think you have a mold problem? Should you tackle the mold problem yourself? What are the risks if a professional is not consulted? These are What Not To Do If You Have Mold!
Many people, particularly “Do It Yourselfers”, think they can deal with their mold issue simply by spraying a chemical or removing the contaminated material. Sure, it is tempting to try to deal with the issue on your own. However, consider these two key facts:
FACT 1: MOLD SPORES SPREAD
The major problem with mold is that it can get airborne. If you have an isolated area of mold growth, disturbing this area can actually make the situation worse because the spores will then become airborne and seek out other areas to grow. Last year, we published a story about a home owner’s nightmare experience with an isolated mold growth problem that ended up contaminating the whole house with toxic mold and causing major health issues for the occupants. With this in mind, what appears to be a small problem can escalate into a worse problem if the spores spread throughout the house. So one should be cautious!
FACT 2: MOLD IS TOXIC
Mold spores like Aspergillus and Stachybotrys (black mold) are toxic in both a live form and a dead form and can cause many health issues. In fact, mold produces mycotoxins that are pathogenic to animals and humans. In 2011 we posted an article on the uses of mold as a biological weapon to illustrate just how toxic mold is.
Taking these two facts into consideration, here are 5 things you should definitely not do if you have a mold problem:
1. DO NOT clean mold with a normal vacuum! Why? Mold spores are extremely small and will go through a normal vacuum filter, meaning this action will simply spread the spores! Mold remediation professionals use HEPA vacuums because the filters trap the mold spores preventing cross contamination.
2. DO NOT remove materials without proper containment! Mold remediation professionals set up containment barriers to prevent mold from spreading.
3. DO NOT clean with bleach! Bleach is great for cleaning bacteria and viruses, but does not work on mold and may in fact make the situation worse because the simple act of applying bleach creates moisture which mold needs to thrive and grow.
4. DO NOT remove materials without wearing personal protective equipment! As mentioned earlier, mold can be toxic. For this reason, mold remediation professionals wear safety equipment to prevent mold spores from entering the lungs and touching the skin.
5. DO NOT ignore or neglect your mold issue! In addition to the health issues that mold growth may cause, keep in mind that mold is like a cancer. Unless it is removed it will continue to grow and could reduce your property value and even the structural integrity. Ignoring your mold issue is tantamount to throwing money away because the true economic cost is significantly higher than the short term cost to address and fix the problem.
The key to proper mold removal is to remove all of the mold spores. This is what Fresh Maintenance does and the reason we follow an Eight Step Process on all of our projects. Our ultimate goal is to provide Health & Longevity to our clients, their friends, and family.
If you discover mold in your home or business, just remember that some molds can be toxic and that it is best not to disturb the mold which could inadvertently release spores in the air and create even more problems. We recommend that you contact us for a professional assessment. Our goal is to provide you with peace of mind.