Busted! Don’t Believe These Mold Myths!

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Busted! Don’t Believe These Mold Myths!

If you’ve recently discovered a mold problem in your house, it’s best to consult a professional right away. The worst thing you could do is follow a DIY way out of it with remedies found on the internet. Your mold situation could escalate sooner or come back more aggressively. You shouldn’t risk your family’s health over something that can be fixed easily.

Unfortunately, when it comes to treatment of mold to types of mold that are hazardous to health, there are many misconceptions that are circulating and widely believed by homeowners. By acting on these misconceptions, people more often than naught put themselves at risk.

As the best mold advisory services for your home in Brockton, MA, Baystate Mold Advisors, LLC wants to help you steer clear of any confusion. To do so, we have debunked three of the most widely believed myths about mold and its treatment.

Myth 1: Bleach kills mold.

This is only partially true. Bleach kills mold on non-porous materials like a tub or tile, but it can’t kill mold roots in other porous building materials like wood. The chemical composition of sodium hypochlorite can’t penetrate most building materials. Most believe this myth because the research wasn’t available before government agencies gave this out in a guide for dealing with floods. To debunk this myth, many customers state that after they ‘kill’ mold on the restroom ceiling with bleach a week or two later the mold is back and usually worse. We have them clean the same area with disinfecting wipes with ammonium chloride, and the mold does not come immediately back.

Myth 2: If you don’t see or smell mold, you don’t have any.

Most people believe that if you can’t see it, it isn’t a problem. Mold spores are microscopic, so we can only see them when they are very well established. Mold can still hurt you when you can’t see or smell it. Mold growing behind a wall, where you can’t see it, is still releasing mycotoxins that can cause health problems. We use a volatile organic compound (VOC) gas sample to verify if you have an active mold problem growing that you can’t see.

Myth 3: Anyone can get rid of mold.

This is the biggest myth doing the rounds. A common mistake customers make is that they try to address the problem themselves or hire someone under-qualified, as they believe the solution is simple enough to deal with. An unqualified contractor can take lots of money and still leave you with a mold problem that will need to be addressed by an actual professional. Customers should really look into the background of the contractor. Take the time to verify not only their business license but also their certification, that they have been adequately trained and approved. Is the contractor associated with organizations like NORMI - The National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors? Hiring a qualified professional is crucial to the health and well-being of your home and family.

If you’re looking for professional mold advisor across Brockton, MA, get in touch with Baystate Mold Advisors, LLC. Our professionals are regularly trained to detect mold growth. We have a strong background in basement waterproofing and specialize in mold inspections and remediation along with indoor air quality testing and improvement. We’ll complete an inspection of your home so you can be one step closer to improving your indoor air quality. For a complete list of our services, please click here. If you have any questions about Baystate Mold Advisors, LLC, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact us here.