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Fact vs. Fiction: Mold in Your Home

mold damage cleanupWe have heard and seen it all. Some people who are afraid of mold and suspect any strange smell or spot on the wall is reason for concern. On the flip side, M.A. Restoration has helped homeowners who have lived with extensive mold growth in their homes for years and years.

There are also a lot of people who don’t believe some simple facts about mold, such as that mold can make people sick. Let’s dive a little deeper!

It is true that…

  • Any place there is moisture inside a structure, mold can grow. Think about roof leaks especially after heavy rains or an ice dam, leaky windows and doors, leaking pipes, sewer backups or overflows, damp basements and crawl spaces, condensation on cold surfaces like basement walls, and the list goes on and on.
  • Standing water from a flood can also cause mold growth if the space is not quickly dried and properly cleaned.
  • Mold grows best in places that are warm, damp and humid. Hmm… kind of like a Westborough summer?!
  • You can control mold growth by controlling humidity levels in your home, like running the air conditioning on a humid, hot August day.
  • Even if you do everything you can to prevent mold in your home, sometimes nature just runs its course.
  • Mold spores can survive harsh environmental conditions, including extreme dryness.

It is NOT true that…

  • All mold is toxic
  • It takes a long time for mold to grow where moisture is present.
  • Bleach kills mold. It might kill some mold on some surfaces, but there is no proof it kills everything. Plus, its corrosive nature could do some serious damage to the surfaces in your home.
  • Killing mold is enough. Professional mold remediators strive to remove mold to ensure the spores are gone for good, and there is no danger of mold spores from that moldy area to spread throughout your home.
  • If you don’t feel sick, there must not be any mold. Not every person is susceptible to mold-related illnesses, but some are, and the effects can be serious. The main mold-related illness is called Chronic Inflammatory Disease, and it is the direct result of exposure to mold spores. Research shows about 25% of people are genetically predisposed to CIRS. Beyond CIRS, mold spores can also trigger asthma flare-ups, rashes, cough, and other physical responses.

Restoration companies are well stocked with a variety of drying equipment and chemicals to get in and out of your house as quickly as possible. Like many industries, restoration contractors abide by some industry best practices and standards of care. This means thousands of other homeowners around the country have had mold removed from their home using some of the same basic protocols and processes that M.A. Restoration uses. You can also rest assured those getting the job done for you are well-trained to effectively remove the mold so it will not turn in to a recurring problem.

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