5 “Facts” About Mold and Their Reality

5 Facts About Mold and Their Reality

Despite Colorado's mainly high-desert climate, mold is becoming a growing problem for homes and businesses here. While most mold claims in Colorado result from water damage, mold is also caused by construction flaws and maintenance issues. So, although mold problems exist, there’s a lot of misinformation about mold out there, and sometimes it’s overdramatized. Here are five “facts” that aren’t exactly true:

“Fact” 1: All Mold is Bad

Not true! Products such as blue cheese (Yum!) and penicillin contain mold.

“Fact” 2: All Mold is Unhealthy

It depends. The effect of mold on people varies greatly. Molds produce allergens, and while some people will be allergic to those allergens, not everyone will have a reaction.

According to the CDC, if someone is highly sensitive to mold, they may show symptoms such as difficulty breathing, a bloody nose, and itchy, watery eyes. Those with compromised immune symptoms are also at risk, and some studies suggest serious health effects can crop up from repeated exposure to mold.

“Fact” 3: There Shouldn’t Be Mold Inside a Building

That would be nearly impossible. Mold is all around us and is natural. There are mold spores in the air you breath and there’s really no way around it unless you decide to live in a bubble. Problems only arise when there’s a high concentration of mold indoors, which is usually caused by too much moisture or water damage in your home. It shouldn’t be visibly growing inside your home!

“Fact” 4: Bleach Kills Mold

Bleach can kill mold, BUT it depends on the surface the mold is on. Mold grows on both porous and non-porous materials. When dealing with mold on non-porous materials such as shower tiles, tubs, vinyl window trims, counter tops, etc. you can use bleach to kill the mold and disinfect. But using bleach to remove mold from porous materials like drywall and wood can actually accelerate mold growth rather than killing it!

When bleach is used on porous materials, the chlorine is left on the surface and only the water component of the bleach is absorbed into the material, aggravating the situation as this provides more moisture for the mold to feed on, where it may then produce allergens and irritants.

“Fact” 5: Anyone Can Clean Up Mold

While you may be able to clean up certain kinds of mold in small quantities, most people in Central Colorado aren’t equipped to do mold remediation. To properly “cleanup” a mold problem you must identify the cause, isolate the area to keep the mold from spreading, and clean and or remove the affected surfaces. Unless you’re trained, know how to setup a containment unit, own commercial sized HEPA air filtration units, protective gear, HEPA vacuums, and specialized cleaning agents, you need to call the professionals at Cyclone Kleen Up.