Can You Clean Mold With Bleach?

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 by Kelsey Bullerdick


The problem with bleach.....

 

A lot of people think that mold is no big deal, they have seen it all their lives in bathrooms or basements, they just bleach to clean it up and forget about it. The problem with this is that mold will continue to grow back in the places where it was removed. Did you know that bleach actually feeds the mold you thought you were cleaning? Tiny little traces of nitrates are left behind when Sodium Hypochlorite (Bleach) is applied to a surface. These compounds are fertilizer for the next group of molds to land there! The water in the hypochlorite penetrates below the surface of porous materials like wood framing, while the bleach is left on the surface and eventually gases off into the atmosphere. The root of the mold fungus is left below the surface and regenerates over time. 

 

The Secret to Success is Moisture Control.

Preventing mold involves controlling molds' signature element to survival - water. There are two forms of water that mold can access in order to survive.

 

1. Visible water, like in a wet basement or the leak in a plumbing pipe. 

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2. The second form of water is vapor in the air. It's called Relative Humidity(RH). There are two ways to increase the RH - to cool the air or add water to it. There are two ways to reduce the RH - heat the air or take water out if it (dehumidify).

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Our Design Specialists have access to moisture detection tools to identify moisture problems that give life to mold. They can evaluate the moisture levels on surfaces, underneath the carpet, and in some cases behind drywall, without having to tear out materials or disrupt your homes' finished look. 

 

How do you know if the air in your home is safe?

When mold is allowed to thrive in our habitats it alters the quality of the air we breathe, it can cause us irritation affecting our health and happiness. You can't find a doctor who says mold in a home is good. You can't find a doctor who says mold in your home is not bad. It's bad. It's all bad. 

 

If you'd like to learn more about mold and how it affects people, check out The Environmental Protection Agency website. 

 

If you have issues with mold growth in your home, call us today at 1-812-602-4025 or contact us online to get a free estimate on our complete mold removal and remediation services

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