There are many old misconceptions about mould in homes circulating to this day. However, by learning the truth behind these myths, one can have a better understanding about mould and its impact on health and homes. Here’s a list of 5 common mould myths and the truth behind them to help homeowners when they encounter a mould problem:
Myth 1: All mould is toxic
Truth: While many moulds are a health hazard due to long-term exposure, there are beneficial moulds as well. The mould found in natural environments helps decompose organic material, allowing other organisms to grow. Certain moulds, such as Aspergillus flavus, are used in the production of cheese. Some moulds are used in medicine. For instance, the Penicillium mould has been used to create Penicillin, the first antibiotic discovered.
Myth 2: Bleach kills mould
Truth: Many people use bleach as a mould removal solution in their home. However, they are unaware that bleach kills only live mould, but not mould spores. The worst part is that removing mould with bleach and water can allow mould to regrow even faster. Using a mix of household detergent and water for small-scale mould remediation is the preferred method.
Myth 3: There should be no mould in a seemingly mould-free home
Truth: The truth is that mould spores are present everywhere, indoors and outdoors. The air we are breathing contains mould spores, and completely eliminating it is almost impossible. The problem lies in the concentration of mould in a home. Greater amounts of mould can pose health risks and damage the home if the mould infestation is not taken care of.
Myth 4: You shouldn’t worry about a small spot of mould
Truth: In reality, a small area affected by mould can grow larger and larger if the moisture problem is not addressed. What’s more, mould can spread to any organic surface, as well as to the heating and ventilation system in a home. This can result in widespread damage and costly repairs.
Myth 5: You can clean up mould infestations yourself
Truth: Even though areas smaller than 1 square meter can be cleaned by homeowners, bigger infestations require professional mould removal services. In fact, removing mould using UV light or high-heat drying can accelerate mould growth. Well-trained mould remediation professionals have the specialized equipment and know the necessary techniques to get rid of mould infestations much more efficiently.
Guidelines to prevent mould growth in homes are available in this article. Essential mould removal do’s and don’ts are available here. PuroClean team stands ready to provide professional restoration services to any property affected by fire, water or mould damage.