3 Misconceptions About Mold--Debunked!
A quick Google search on mold will reveal that there is a lot of false and conflicting information out there. This information often causes fear and misdirects homeowners into taking the wrong steps when dealing with their mold problems. Fortunately, we are mold experts who are here to clear up some of the most common misconceptions we run into.
1) Black mold is toxic and dangerous.
We often get calls from frantic customers who have found black mold in their home. Because black mold has been demonized by the media and the Internet for many years, it is often seen as life-threatening.
If you find black mold in your home, take a deep breath and relax. Black mold is simply that—mold that is black. Some variations can emit a type of toxin that can cause allergies in some people, but the CDC and other reputable organizations have declared that black mold should be treated with no more alarm than any other color of mold. In fact, this toxin is not exclusive to black mold.
2) Mold can be completely removed from a home.
Sometimes customers will ask us to “Get rid of all of the mold.” While we can certainly stop and remove active mold growth, the actual mold spores are literally everywhere. Because mold spores can remain dormant even in extremely uninhabitable environments, they are virtually impossible to eliminate from a home.
Fortunately, there’s nothing to worry about unless there is active growth! This can generally be avoided by keeping your home’s humidity low and drying any standing water.
3) I need to know what type of mold I have to get rid of it.
If you already see you have mold and an expert tells you that you still need to test it—run. Regardless of what species of mold you have growing in your home (there are thousands of different types), if you can see it, get rid of it.
We sometimes have customers request that we identify the exact species of mold they have, but unless they insist, we typically suggest that it’s not necessary. The standard remediation process is the same no matter what kind it is, so there’s no real need to know the species.
There’s a lot of mystery and ambiguity surrounding mold, but some misconceptions have created unnecessary fear that we hope to alleviate. If you do have mold growth, SERVPRO of Catawba County East to come and make it “Like it never even happened.”