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Does Bleach Kill Mold?

Can You Use Bleach To Remove Mold?

Bleach won't kill mold - Mold Solutions NWMany people think that all they need to do to kill mold once and for all is to use bleach. This works just fine if the mold is on a non-porous surface such as glass, bathtubs or kitchen countertops (why would there be mold on the counter where food is prepared?).

Many of the new mold removal products, which are becoming more and more popular, contain bleach as an active ingredient. Again, this is fine on hard, non-porous surfaces.

The problem is, people think bleach will kill mold that is on everything…walls, ceilings, carpets or upholstery. This  is a false assumption.

Killing Mold

Mold is a living organism, with roots that grow into its food source. Therefore, the process of truly killing mold is to kill its roots, which is easier said than done.

You would think that because bleach is liquid, that it would soak into wood based materials, but the properties of bleach prevent it from doing so. Which means you may bleach the color of the top of the mold, but it’s roots go untouched, and continue to grow.

Facts about mold and bleach

Mold thrives on water - Mold Solutions NWMold loves moisture (water), bleach is made up of 95% water. It is recommended that you use a beach solution of 1part bleach and 10 parts water. This won’t kill the mold, and it may even encourage its growth!

We’re simply handing it what it needs to survive.

One of the problems with mold are the toxic spores that it sends into the air, bleach sends toxic gases into the air – both of which we inhale.

It seems to me that using bleach to try and kill mold is only compounding the problem.

More cold hard facts:

There are times when mold has taken over and is so bad that it can’t totally be remediated or removed. So whatever it’s growing in (you notice I didn’t say on), must be totally cut out and removed. It’s very difficult to remediate mold from such things as wallboard.

If you have a mold problem, the best way to insure its total removal is to call a qualified mold inspector and solutions provider to test and remove properly and thoroughly.

Mold Solutions is a full service mold solutions provider, who can remove the threats to your health and safety caused by mold.

Do You Have Air Pollutants in Your Home? Learn What To Do

Indoor Air Pollution Facts

Air Pollution is indoors as well as outdoors - Mold Solutions NWWe’re all aware of the many air pollutants we can come into contact with when we are outdoors: smog, smoke, and carbon dioxide to name a few.

We’re also aware of the respiratory health issues they can cause us. So as a society we do everything we can to keep the air we breath as clean as possible.

Are we as cautious in our homes? Are we aware of the indoor air pollutants that we encounter every day?

Time Spent Indoors

As Americans, we spend approximately 90% of our time indoors” – Aileen Gagney, Program Manager for Environmental and Lung Health for the WA American Lung Association.

The air we breathe every day, all day and all night is basically trapped inside our homes, and according to Gagney, it can be even more polluted than the outdoor air. Haven’t you ever noticed how good it feels to open a window and breathe in some fresh air?

Poor Air Quality in our Home Can be Caused by:

  • Cigarette Smoke causes indoor air pollutants - Mold Solutions NWSecond hand smoke
  • Household cleaning products: Bleach, aerosol spray cleaners, air fresheners
  • Paints
  • Formaldehyde
  • Animal dander
  • Dust mites
  • Mold

Mold is probably one of the most insidious of all these pollutants, because it’s almost impossible to entirely eliminate its presence in our home. Mold spores are always in the air outdoors, and every time we open a window or a door, they float inside.

When the spores find a cool, poorly ventilated, moist, organic area, they can begin to grow and reproduce more spores which begin to spread through the air…and the cycle continues.

Breathing the floating spores into our lungs is what causes respiratory problems in so many people. Those who have to be especially careful  to avoid mold are:

  • Mold affects the very young - Mold Solutions NWThe very young
  • The very old
  • People with asthma
  • People who already have respiratory problems

Although you can’t totally eliminate mold in your home, there are things you can do to minimize its growth.

  • Keep the humidity in your home at about 40-60% using dehumidifiers or air conditioners.
  • Always run your kitchen fans when cooking or running the dishwasher.
  • Always run your bathroom fans when bathing or showering.
  • Repair leaks immediately.
  • Don’t use carpeting in the bathroom.
  • Be aware of musty or stale smells that could indicate mold growth.

If you think you have mold growing in your home, don’t ignore it, call a certified mold inspector to assess the problem.

Mold Solutions is a full service mold solutions provider, who can remove the threats to your health and safety caused by mold.

Don’t wait until you have mold associated health issues, if your nose and your eyes have alerted you to a possible mold problem.

Mold Symptoms

Is Your House Showing Symptoms of Mold?

Does your house have mold symptoms - Mold Solutions NWBecause mold creeps in slowly and in undetectable places, many people aren’t even aware when their house is beginning to show symptoms of having mold growing in it.

Mold spores are everywhere, inside your home and out.

It’s when they find nice moist, warm places, with an organic food source that they begin to grow and flourish.

In reality, we all have those places and potentials in our homes…

  • Humid bathrooms
  • Damp dark basements
  • Poorly ventilated attics
  • Dark, moist under sink cabinets
  • Windows with condensation

Recognizing mold symptoms in your house

A great tool to detect mold is your nose:

  • You may be smelling musty, stale odors in your:
    • Bathroom
    • Laundry room
    • Attic
    • Basement
    • It can even be in the walls
  • Your clothing and towels may smell musty even after just being laundered
  • When your furnace or air conditioner turns on, the air may smell stale

Because you get used to the smells and odors in your home, you may not recognize unwanted odors right away. A good time to pay special attention to those symptoms is when you return and enter into your home after having been gone for a while.

Search for mold problems - Mold Solutions NWIf you can smell these odors, but you can’t see them, you may need to do a little detective work to determine the source: check behind sofas, under carpets, in cabinets, even check any wallpaper you may have in your home.

If your nose is telling you that you have mold, you probably do.

Use your eyes to locate mold growth also.

  • Watch for damp cardboard or other organic materials in your basement, attic or garage
  • Check your basement walls for crystalline substance that appears white or gray
  • If you have a water softener or filter in your home, speckles or splotches may appear on them
  • Be aware of discoloration on your ceilings or walls

Mold Solutions is a full service mold solutions provider, who can remove the threats to your health and safety caused by mold.

Don’t wait until you have mold associated health issues, if your nose and your eyes have alerted you to a possible mold problem.

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