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What Causes Mold and How to Get Rid of It

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| 2016 Feb 05 |
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What Causes Mold and How to Get Rid of It

Mold: although it can be hazardous to your health, there’s no need to panic. With a few simple precautions, it can be relatively simple to deal with.

According to a Harvard University School of Public Health study, over 50% of our homes have indoor mold. And once you have mold spores, it’s incredibly easy for those spores to latch on to a moist surface and multiply. That leaves many families vulnerable to the possible health effects of indoor mold.

Symptoms of mold exposure include watery or itchy eyes, sore throat, congestion, coughing, skin irritation and even asthma and respiratory problems. In fact, a study at the University of Arizona suggests that mold spores are a suspected cause in the tripling of the asthma rate in the past 20 years.

By knowing the facts or all about mold, you can better keep your home and family, safe and healthy.

Causes of mold

Mold typically needs three conditions to grow:

  1. Moisture from humidity, leaks or flooding
  2. Nutrients: organic materials that can act as a food source
  3. Optimal temperature, generally between 64-82 degrees.

These elements can create a mold problem that can colonize and multiply quickly in as little as 24-48 hours.

Mold Spores Under a Microscope - Mold Busters
Mold spores can multiply quickly given a moist environment and the right conditions.

For decades, the answer to mold problems has always been bleach. We’d spray it on, cover our eyes and run for cover from the fumes. Bleach can be toxic and poses health risks to users and to occupants during and after use. In addition, by removing mold with bleach, we are not preventing the mold from returning. It may look great once you’re done, but the mold will grow back within weeks. Bleach is particularly ineffective at treating mold on porous surfaces such as drywall, lumber and grout.

Mold Removal Solutions: Bleach
Bleach is not only ineffective at cleaning mold, but it does nothing to prevent more mold from growing back in the future

Bleach and other harsh cleaning chemicals typically leave the roots of mold intact and ready to return. That’s why we think it’s time to ditch the bleach and swap it for something a little gentler, but even more effective!

Mold Control Products - Mold Busters Ottawa
Effective mold control solutions

An alternative to toxic chemical solutions is Concrobium, which works to effectively kill the mold spores at the root, and remains on the surface to prevent future mold. Safe to use around pets and children, it’s a great way to safely remove mold and mildew stains both indoors and outdoors.

Mold can be nasty: showing up on everything from your sparkling white shower, carpets, drywall, furniture and clothing, to your outdoor camping equipment and sports gear. That’s another reason why avoiding bleach is a better solution than destroying your upholstery or favourite tent with harsh chemicals.

That said, it is important to identify and fix the source of the mold otherwise it will inevitably reappear. Excess moisture is the number one culprit, so make sure you limit moisture indoors and properly ventilate your home to ensure there’s sufficient fresh air. Cleaning on a regular basis also prevents build up. Read more tips on how to prevent mold in your home.

Another great resource for mold-busting tips is the Mold Busters e-book It’s Not Mold Until It’s Tested. This book covers a broad range of topics in detail, from the causes of mold (such as the lack of air circulation and high humidity) and the most common spots for mold growth to effective mold cleaning tips.

These are just some of the way you can cleanse your house of mold and mildew, but if you are concerned about the health effects or cannot rid your home of the issue, then be sure to contact a certified inspector who can eliminate the problem as soon as possible!

Author Bio

Concrobium Mold Solutions, manufactured by Siamons International, eliminates and prevents harmful mold, We work closely with homeowners, builders, professional mold remediators and property managers to help them address their unique mold challenges, to provide great solutions supported by knowledgeable, helpful people. Concrobium will continue to bring innovative solutions to market so that you don’t have to use products that are harmful to your family, your home, or the environment. Check us out on Twitter and Facebook!