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Mythbusters: Breaking Down the Myths About Mold Damage

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There is no fun or simple way to take care of mold damage. It’s a substance that can grow quickly, spread easily, and be incredibly challenging to get rid of. This is why professional mold damage removal can be necessary. The professionals know the safety protocols and how to properly clean up and eliminate the mold you’re dealing with.

There are many different perceptions about mold that simply are misleading or misunderstood. In this guide, we will share some common myths. In true mythbuster form, we will also share why they are not true.

Myth: Your House Should Be Completely Mold-Free

This is somewhat true. If you have mold growing, you definitely want to get it taken care of. But the other part of the truth here is that mold spores are everywhere. Just because there are mold spores doesn’t mean you have mold damages or growth that you need to be concerned about. It would be nearly impossible to ensure that you have no mold spores whatsoever in the air around you. However, you can make sure you don’t have damage or growth from those mold spores. There is a difference.

Myth: Mold Isn’t Really a Big Deal

Another common myth is that mold is actually harmless and nothing to worry about. While those common mold spores that you can’t even see are probably harmless, mold growth is not typically so innocent. There are three types of mold: allergenic, pathogenic, and toxic. Even mold that isn’t toxic can cause allergic reactions and discomfort. If mold is growing, you’re going to need to get it removed in order to prevent illness and allergies.

Myth: All Black Mold is Toxic

This is a common misconception. Yes, there is a toxic mold of the Stachybotrys family known as “black mold.” However, there are thousands of mold species and unless it is from a toxic family, it’s not necessarily toxic just because the color is black. In fact, the mold commonly referred to as “black mold” is actually usually more of a dark green color. That being said, you simply don’t know without having it tested. It’s better to just remove it and avoid the risks.

Myth: Kill the Mold to Stop Mold Damage and Skip Removal

Here’s the thing: while you can kill the mold and potentially stop it from spreading, it doesn’t necessarily negate the risk of that mold. Yes, killing the mold is important to stop the spread. But you should still plan to remove the mold as well. Even when mold is dead, it can be airborne and possess allergenic or toxic qualities that lead to the side effects you want to avoid.

Myth: DIY Mold Damage Treatment is Enough

Finally, when you’re facing mold, a DIY treatment is often not sufficient to truly get rid of it. The professionals who handle mold removal have to be trained and certified to do so. There are specific requirements for personal protection, material disposal, and even how you clean, sanitize, contain, and provide air filtration during removal. When you do it DIY, you run the risk of missing mold or even making your problem worse.

If you’re dealing with mold damage, we can help! Contact Dry 24 Water Restoration today to handle your mold situation.


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