No one wants to have mold in their home. After all, mold can damage a building’s underlying structure and cause problems for your health.
But there are several things people “know” about mold that are actually not really true.
Here are a few mold myths that we can bust.
Mold Smells Bad
People often describe mold as having an unpleasant, musty odor. Others think it smells earthy or like wet socks. Interestingly though, it is not the mold that actually smells. Rather, as the mold digests the surface that it is living on, it releases waste products that have the distinctive, pungent odor of mold. The good news is that the smell of mold can often be the first sign that there is a problem, and this should lead you to try to find the source.
Dry Mold Is Safe
Once moisture is removed from its environment, mold will dry out and appear dead. This leads many people to think that the mold is no longer a problem. It may surprise you that is incorrect. Dried mold may be unable to spread across a surface and create more damage to the underlying structure, but it is not necessarily dead. Often, it will revitalize if it becomes wet again. Also, in the dry state, mold can still release spores into the air. These spores can start new colonies and cause allergic or respiratory problems. Thus, you don’t want to just kill mold, but you want to remove it entirely.
If You Have Mold, Then You Have A Leak
Many people think you need to have a leak in a pipe, wall, or roof to breed mold. However, that is not the case. Although wetness from a leak certainly can lead to mold growth, any moisture can cause the problem. For example, condensation on a pipe is just as likely as a leak to result in mold. Additionally, moisture from a humid environment is more than sufficient to allow mold to grow. In fact, humidity without sufficient ventilation is a recipe for mold proliferation. Using a dehumidifier and ensuring that your HVAC system fan is running will help reduce the risk of mold in your home.
You Should Always Test When You Find Mold
Despite what some unscrupulous people in the mold industry may tell you, there is often no need to test the mold in your house to determine the type. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommend that mold should be removed, regardless of the type. There is no benefit of having mold in your house, either to your home or to your person. Thus, the best advice is to just get rid of it – even if you don’t know what type of mold it is. Note that there are a couple of reasons you may want to do a mold test. For example, if it would affect your diagnosis and treatment, your physician may want to know the species of your mold infestation. Also, a lawyer might want to have mold testing done to legally document the problem in preparation for a lawsuit. However, most of the time, a test just isn’t necessary.
If you need to have mold remediated, do not hesitate. Call us at Mold Remediation Tulsa for professional and thorough mold removal.