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The Illusion of Making Mold Disappear

7/20/2021 (Permalink)

Mold growth on walls Mold damage in South Jordan, UT.

How To Clean Up Mold

A lot of advice tells you to clean up mold with bleach, and it often looks like it worked. You can't see it, but mold reappears later. Like a magician, you made the mold disappear, but you didn't really do any magic. It was all an illusion.

Spores Seek New Homes

Molds exist nearly anywhere there is moisture and an organic food source. This means mold spores are also abundant in South Jordan, UT. They are undetectable by the human eye as they travel through the air. Spores find new homes in your building, entering through doors, vents, windows, and clothing.

Ideal Environments Encourage Mold

Those spores settle throughout your building and grow into colonies. Preventing damp, mold-friendly environments is the right approach to preventing those colonies and avoiding troublesome fungus cleanup jobs. Manage problems by resolving leaks and damage quickly and by controlling relative humidity. Here are a few problem areas where mold loves to grow:

  • High-humidity areas, such as basements, bathrooms, or near drafty windows
  • Porous building materials such as wood, drywall, carpet, and upholstery that have previously been damaged by water from pipes or roof leaks
  • Condensation from appliances, equipment, or pipes

Deep Roots Can't Be Wiped Away

You read several sources that promised bleach was your answer to help with fungus cleanup, so you tried it, and it appeared the mold was gone. This myth is perpetuated because sanitizing the surface removes stains and visual signs of mold, giving the illusion of mold cleanup. Soon, the illusion wears off; you can visually see the mold again because mold roots deeply into all those nooks and crannies of porous materials. Surface cleaning just isn't effective.

Mold Requires Special Treatment

Mold remediation specialists know that surface cleaning with bleach is just a trick, and true fungus cleanup takes special knowledge and the ability to clean deeply and thoroughly. They use special equipment to filter the air and contain spores during the cleanup process.

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