Mold is something practically every homeowner deals with at some point, but how much do you really know about it? It’s true that it can grow in virtually any environment where there is excess moisture, and it’s true that some types of mold are worse than others, but beyond that, would you know how to recognize what kind of mold is in your home, or be able to tell if you even had a mold problem at all? There are a lot of misconceptions out there, so keep reading to learn the biggest myths about mold. And remember, for all of your professional mold remediation needs, you can count on FP Property Restoration.
The Top 7 Myths Surrounding Mold
- Mold is Natural, So It Can’t Be That Bad for You: While mold is a naturally occurring substance, don’t ever assume that just because it can grow in nature, it is safe to be around. Just like not every berry or every plant you find outside is harmless, not every type of mold you find growing in your house is benign. Everyone reacts to mold differently, and immunocompromised individuals, as well as children and the elderly, are especially likely to have negative reactions to mold exposure. However, by the same token, it’s also not true that…
- All Types of Mold Are Toxic: You may have heard some talk about toxic mold over time—or you may have heard so much that you assume all mold is toxic and harmful. However, while some mold is indeed dangerous, and can cause serious allergic reactions and other symptoms, just because it isn’t good for you doesn’t mean it’s inherently “toxic” either. Granted, it can be hard to figure out if a given type of mold is toxic on your own, so you may want to contact a professional to help figure it out for you.
- Any Type of Mold That Is Black Is Black Mold: There is a difference between “black mold” and black mold. The well-known type of toxic mold called Stachybotrys chartarum is what people are usually talking about when they refer to black mold. However, there are other types of mold out there that are black in color, but are completely different than black mold, and no not have any of the same toxicity as Stachybotrys chartarum.
- Mold Makes Anyone Who Comes in Contact with it Sick: As we mentioned above, different people react to mold in different ways. In a worst case scenario, ingesting mold spores could cause sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes and throats, skin irritation, headaches, nausea, and even joint pain. But a person with respiratory issues, for instance, is likely to react to mold growth differently than a person that has never had any health problems associated with breathing. Again, physical effects depend completely on the type of mold and the person in question.
- Mold & Mildew Are Exactly the Same: This is a tricky one. Mildew refers to certain types of mold growth, so people often assume that when they see mildew, it is automatically mold. However, mildew refers more broadly to fungus growth. And while all types of mold are fungus, not all types of mildew are mold. It’s mostly a semantics issue, but it’s worth knowing, so you can figure out if you actually have a mold problem or not.
- Mold Can Be Easily Killed with Bleach: It is true that you can remove surface mold with bleach, but to actually kill all the mold growing in your house, you will likely need to hire a professional. Keep in mind, there are always some mold spores present in the air. However, when you have a mold problem, there is likely to be mold that you can see, and mold that you can’t, and it’s the type you can’t that you really need to worry about. Hence the importance of hiring a mold remediation expert to get the job done right.
- It Is Easy to Remove Mold on Your Own: In case we haven’t mentioned it enough already, mold remediation requires professional assistance. While anyone can be certified to inspect mold, only a licensed mold remediator, as in an individual technician, is qualified to perform the in-depth inspection and testing your property really needs. Fortunately, our licensed mold remediation team at FP Property Restoration have the skills and experience needed to identify mold growth and take care of it ASAP. If you believe you are dealing with a toxic mold problem in your home, don’t wait. Call FP Property Restoration today, and let our mold remediation pros do what they do best.