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Why you shouldn’t use bleach to kill mold

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

Misinformation and myths about mold have been around for years. This can make it difficult to know how accurate or outdated some advice is

Chlorine Bleach is often regarded as the answer for stopping mold growth and removing the mold. However, this is a myth. Bleach does not exonerate mold. Here are three reasons why bleach is not the answer to mold, and should never be used to clean a contaminated area.

1. Bleach Loses Effectiveness Over Time

Chlorine bleach can dissipate rapidly, causing the bleach to be less effective. Over time this occurs because chlorine can evaporate and even faster in areas that are above room temperature. When the chlorine disappears, the bleach bottle turns into a bottle of salt water.  

2. Bleach can actually contribute to mold growth

Chlorine bleach was made to clean surfaces, therefore can only kill surface bacteria and mold. This is due to bleach’s ion structure, which prevents the chlorine from penetrating porous material such as wood and drywall. When mold grows in porous areas, the enzyme’s roots grow deep within the material, rendering the bleach ineffective of exterminating the mold. The bleach can only remove the green stain from the mold, allowing surface to appear clean. But underneath the surface, the water component of the bleach penetrates and helps the internal roots to continue to grow, causing mold to reappear.

3. Bleach is Toxic

Bleach emits harmful fumes that pollute the air we breathe and can become harmful to humans and even pets. Over a period of time, inhaling the gases bleach emits can deteriorate the lungs and esophagus lining in addition to the scarring of the respiratory tract, which occurs in earlier stages. Also research shows that household bleach is one of the leading causes of accidental poisonings in the United States.

 Homes in Michigan are at a higher risk of having a mold issue when compared to other states. Why? Two words… heat and humidity. Mold thrives in dark, moist areas, and Michigan’s humidity only helps that process. That’s why if you experience water damage and don’t take care of it the right way and in the first 48 hours; mold has an opportunity to grow.

Mold 101: What to Know

1/28/2016 (Permalink)

There is a plethora of bad information floating around about mold. SERVPRO of Greater Pontiac has your back and can help you sort through the facts

  Chances are by now you have seen or heard horror stories about mold. Maybe it's from a neighbor, friend, or even the local news doing a story about the evil "Black Mold" that is spreading across the country. 

  First things first, lets understand one basic fact that some people may not tell you... Mold is everywhere. I can guarantee that you have brought mold into your home. The good thing is that not all mold is harmful to humans. The type of mold, the environment, and how much mold is in an area (measured in spores per cubic meter) goes a long way in determining what steps are necessary to keep your house and your family safe.

 The other factor that makes understaning mold difficult is that there is a plethora of misinformation floating around. What kind of risks are there? How rare is it to find mold in your house? What are the chances that your home insurance covers mold? How do you know which information is accurate? Don't worry, SERVPRO of Greater Pontiac Has your back. Check back over the next few weeks and months to learn more!