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6 Common Myths About Indoor Mold

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With all of the contradicting information found on the internet today, it can be hard to sort out which “facts” you read about indoor mold are real or myths. Being an informed homeowner will help you stay prepared and on top of your mold prevention plan. 

While the presence of mold spores is not always a cause for alarm, it sure can be. 

Here at Valor Mold Removal, we have seen it all. If you think your home may have a mold problem, scheduling an at-home mold test will determine whether or not indoor mold is a problem worth tackling head on. 

Let’s go over a few of the most common myths related to indoor mold!

Myth 1: If I Don’t See Mold Growth, I Do Not Have Mold In My Home

Far too many homeowners believe that if they do not visibly see mold growth forming, there are absolutely no mold spores in the home. This is, unfortunately, never the case.

All homes have mold spores present in the air, but t’s all about the number of mold spores present that indicates whether you have a problem or not. As mold spores colonate, they begin to form visible patches of various colors. Typically, your home already has a serious mold problem by the time you actually see mold growth. 

Harmful airborne mold spores can be present in the home for weeks before growths occur.

Myth 2: Black Mold Is The Most Dangerous Type Of Mold

Similar to all fungi, there are both harmless and harmful types of mold. Mold grows in an assortment of colors ranging from black, grey, and brown to green, yellow, and red. 

Black mold is not a specific type of mold at all; it’s just a common coloration of many species of mold. Although, the most common type of ‘black mold’ is the Stachybotrys fungus. 

Just because the mold you are seeing in your home is not black, that does not mean it is harmless. In fact, most types of mold pose serious health risks.

Myth 3: Bleach Is An Effective Method Of Killing Mold

This may be the most common myth about indoor mold circulating around today. Unfortunately, far too many blog publications and even mold remediation companies suggest bleach as a means of eradicating a mold infestation. 

In truth, bleach is extremely ineffective at solving a mold problem, especially on porous surfaces. Bleach covers up the visible mold growths but does not stop mold from regrowing at an alarming rate. 

Even if all types of mold could be killed with bleach, failing to properly remove all traces of dead mold spores will pose similar health risks compared with leaving the mold as it was.

Myth 4: If I Had My Home Cleaned Free Of Mold, It Won’t Come Back

More often than not, a simple mold cleaning process is not enough to ensure a home is free of mold. You could remove the visible mold patches from your basement wall without realizing there is a leaky pipe causing the mold in the first place.

Without first locating and eliminating the source of mold, it absolutely will regrow in a matter of time. 

Lucky for you, Valor Mold Removal is highly skilled in all facets of the mold remediation process and will have your home mold-free in no time.

Myth 5: Indoor Mold Is Harmless

Sure, cheese is technically a type of mold that poses little to no real health concerns for the average healthy adult. Unfortunately, this is not the case for the vast majority of mold species. 

Exposure to an unhealthy level of mold spores for any period of time can cause serious health issues in people of all ages. Those who suffer from chronic respiratory illness, asthma, or allergies are highly susceptible to increased symptoms. 

Indoor mold is not too picky when it comes to health risks. Even fully healthy individuals with no prior health concerns can fall victim to the side effects associated with unhealthy amounts of mold spores.

Myth 6: I Can Handle My Home’s Mold Problem On My Own

Many homeowners see a small patch of mold and think, “I can handle this,” without knowing the entire scale of the problem at hand. Without proper testing, home assessments, and pure elbow grease, it’s impossible to fully comprehend your home’s mold situation. 

On top of that, long-term exposure to mold poses serious health risks. Coupled with using unneeded harmful chemicals in hopes of a quick solution, you’ve now worsened the situation. 

That’s where we come in! Once given the green light, Valor Mold Removal works tirelessly to remove all traces of mold from home, using next-level technology and safety standards to stop the spread of mold spores to other areas of the residence.

Have Additional Questions About Indoor Mold? Give Us A Call!

If you think you may have a mold problem, it’s time to get it under control! In cases where visible mold is already present, we can skip the initial testing phase and go straight into remediation, saving you time and money. 

Whether you are ready to schedule your appointment, have further questions about indoor mold, or just want to clarify some of your own mold myths, reach out today!

We can be reached Monday-Friday at (703) 897-7121, or you can send us a message!


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