Hands down, that this is the most frequently asked question we get! The hope is for a simple answer or a quick fix, but when it comes to mold, that’s just not an option. Even dead mold spores may still cause allergic reactions in some people. It is not enough to simply kill the mold, it must be removed. Now that you are familiar with the basics of Mold, we can cover a few common mold myths and facts, below.
No really, we’re not pulling your leg! The EPA clearly states, “the use of a biocide, such as chlorine bleach, is not recommended as a routine practice during mold remediation…” (epa.gov). Bleach will NOT kill mold, especially when growing in porous materials like drywall and wood. Bleach simply removes the discoloration you see but it will leave the microflora intact, which guarantees that the mold will return in exactly the same spot at some point in the future.
Maintaining a relative humidity level between 30 – 50 percent, can easily ensure that there will not be any mold growth within that space.
Much like an iceberg, it’s not what you can see, it’s what you can’t. Mold is opportunistic, so it must wait for the opportunity to grow. To do so, this means that it must increase its chances of encountering water. Mold does so by ‘rooting’ deeply into organic materials. Visually eliminating mold does not remove the roots, the health-hazardous spores, or the opportunity for complete elimination. No amount of mold is “okay.”
There are certain steps that should be followed regardless of the size or nature of the mold growth. First and foremost is to find the source of moisture, and remove the moisture. Then, based upon the amount of mold growth and other factors such as building materials, building occupants, etc. the remediation scope can be determined. The EPA has put together the following list of questions: