For millions of years, mold has covered the earth. There is at least a little bit of mold absolutely everywhere. To protect ourselves from the adverse health effects, it pays to understand mold just a little bit more.
“Black mold is bad.”
This statement first suggests that there is only one kind of black mold. There are many types of mold that look black. While many of these kinds of mold are quite hazardous to your health, there are some types of mold that appear black that are relatively harmless.
“I can simply use bleach to clean up mold.”
Eh, well, yes and no. While hazardous to the health of most living organisms, bleach isn’t the greatest fungicide (killer of fungi, of which mold is). Not only is bleach also toxic to the person administering it and the people who encounter it, but it’s also a water-based solution. Water and moisture are mold’s best friend. So, after the toxic aspect of the bleach is gone, any remaining mold will chug down the remaining moisture and keep on keeping on.
“Got a mold problem? Eh, just paint over it.”
Here’s a fun bit of information: mold can eat paint! While your latest paint job may cover up the unsightly and dangerous mold, it’s only a matter of time before it comes munching through to the other side — even if the paint claims to be “mold resistant.” Instead of trying to cover up the mold, your best bet is to get rid of it. (And, ahem, we can help with that.)
“Discolored spot? It’s probably mold.”
There are many different reasons why you may see spots of discoloration in your home or office. Some of them may be mold. Some of them may be just “schmutz.” The only way to know whether or not a discolored spot is mold is with proper testing. So, you’re right to be alarmed, but leave the sledgehammer in the garage until the test comes back. (And even then, trying to remove mold yourself is usually a terrible idea.)
“It’s not mold — it’s mildew.”
Well, let’s get something straight — mildew is a type of mold. While it may not be as dangerous as some other types of mold, it’s still mold and should be dealt with appropriately.
“It’s not mold because it doesn’t stink.”
Unfortunately, the smell test doesn’t work with detecting mold. Even if it did, that would essentially mean you were knowingly huffing an abundance of mysterious mold spores. Even if you have superhuman smell, mold is best leaving your nose out of.
“I got rid of the mold. We’re good!”
Ok, but what are you doing to keep mold from returning? If you haven’t worked out the problem (probably moisture related) that gave you a mold reason in the first place, it will likely be back.
If you fear that you have a mold problem, the demolition professionals from DT Specialized Services can help.