The Internet has provided us with large amounts of information on the health effects of mould inhalation.
Unfortunately, this means some of the information provided may not be accurate.
Below are the top 5 common myths regarding mould and your family.
Mould Myth #1: Black mould is the only toxic mould.
The first issue with this statement is the fact that the term black mould is ambiguous. The term black mould usually refers to a specific mould spore (mould looks black in colour) called Stachybotrys, which does has toxic health effects. However, there are other species of mould that are not black but do cause health concerns. Regardless of the colour and/or type, all mould should be remediated to reduce your family’s risk of exposure.
Mould Myth #2: Bleach will permanently kill mould.
Bleach is a relatively cheap chemical used to disinfect and does a great job at this. Bleach will kill mould spores that exist on non-porous surfaces. In other words, bleach will remove mould on bathtubs, tiles and countertops. However, bleach cannot fix the issue itself, which is usually caused by moisture entry. Without a solution, the mould will come back. Bleach also cannot disinfect porous surfaces and will not penetrate the spores on wood or drywall.
Mould Myth #3: Mould is always visible or smelt.
Although the majority of mould leaves physical traces, there are times when mould can remain hidden in structures. Hidden mould can lead to long-term exposure and ultimately create health issues for you and your family. It is best to call an expert in to perform a mould inspection to determine if hidden mould may be present.
Mould Myth #4: My new house won’t have any mould.
Mould occurs throughout the entire atmosphere; from outdoors on leafs to indoors on stale food. No house is immune to mould especially since no house is 100 per cent waterproof. Moisture is always searching for entry points throughout a home and the majority of homeowners will have moisture issues at some point and time. Typically moisture issues include roof leaks, basement floods, and poor ventilation systems.
Mould Myth #5: A home inspector will search all areas of the home for mould.
Most home inspectors are trained to inspect for mould within the property. However, home inspectors lack the proper training and equipment to perform detailed mould inspections. Home inspectors are looking at all visible faults within the home and may miss hidden mould or defects that may lead to future mould issues.
Now that you’ve read and understand the common myths in relation to mould, you can make an informed decision when it comes to the health and safety of your family.
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