Mold Myths, Busted
Many people think they know about mold, but if their information is wrong, it can be dangerous. Here are five common beliefs about mold, and information about their accuracy.
- All mold is bad. There are several beneficial kinds of mold. Some varieties of cheese, like Stilton and Roquefort, are made using a special strain of mold. Penicillin comes from the Penicillium strain. Mold helps break down organic materials during the composting process, turning leaves and kitchen scraps into highly fertile growing material.
- Bleach kills mold. Bleach only kills the live mold growth, not the spores themselves. The water from cleaning can provide the perfect environment to allow new mold to grow even faster.
- There should never be any mold inside the home. Mold spores occur naturally in the air and even with the most sophisticated filters, they are almost impossible to remove completely. They only cause problems when they combine with a source of food and moisture and begin growing.
- It’s ok to ignore small mold outbreaks. You should never ignore any signs of mold. It will only grow larger, damaging your home and its contents and causing sinus and respiratory problems. The more it spreads, the more expensive it will be to clean and restore, especially if it gets into walls and the HVAC system.
- You can always clean mold yourself. You can clean smaller infestations of 10 square feet or less on your own using a mix of household detergent and water. Don’t use UV light or high heat drying, which may make the mold grow faster. If the infestation is larger than 10 square feet, or you have allergies, call a professional
If you find mold in your home or business in Alexandria, VA that’s more than you can handle, call the professionals at ServiceMaster NCR. Our certified technicians use the best testing and remediation methods in the industry. InstaScope Testing and Trifect Mold Removal will save you money by helping us do the job right the first time.
Mold remediation costs vary, depending on the extent of the infestation. According to HomeAdvisor.com, the national average to remove mold and toxic materials is $2,155.00.