7 More Myths About Mold
This is the second in a series of posts about the facts and myths surround mold. Read our earlier post entitled “Common Myths About Mold.”
Myth #6: Mold Presents Health Risks To Everyone Equally
According to WebMd, Some people are more sensitive to mold. For them, inhaling or touching mold spores can cause allergic reactions, including sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash. People with serious mold allergies may have more severe reactions, including shortness of breath. In people with asthma who are allergic to mold, breathing in spores can also cause asthma attacks.
In addition to people with allergies and asthma, others who may be more sensitive to the effects of mold include:
• Infants and children
• The elderly
• People whose immune systems are compromised due to HIV infection, cancer, liver disease, or chemotherapy
• People with chronic lung disease
Myth #7: You Can Clean Off The Area Where You See Mold And Be Safe
Mold can become latent and reactivate. Tiny mold spores replicate every 24 hours and often grow back. Mold grows due to a source of water, so you must locate and eliminate all sources of water to the mold-infected area. You’ll have a much easier time cleaning off hard surfaces - with water and detergent and then drying the surface. But absorbent materials like ceiling tiles and carpeting, often require more than surface cleaning. Also know that moving mold around often spreads spores and increases risks to your property and its occupants.
Myth #8: Your Insurance Will Cover Mold Contamination
The insurance industry is concerned about the escalating and often unpredictable costs associated with mold testing and remediation. In fact, almost every residential insurance provider and most commercial property insurance policies now excludes coverage for loss or damage caused by, or resulting from a "fungus"--which can be defined to include mold.
Myth #9: Mold Causes Sinusitis, Infections, And Immune System Damage
There’s no clear-cut evidence that sensitivity to mold causes chronic sinusitis. And superficial fungal infections (like toenail fungus or jock itch) are not the result of exposure to mold in your home or workplace Superficial fungal infections generally result from fungi that develop inside the warm, moist environments found in shoes or tight garments. There’s also no credible evidence to suggest that environmental exposure to mold damages the immune system.
Myth #10: Some Surfaces Can Never Attract Mold
Mold can grow on any surface that has water and humidity present. If a material sustains water damage, mold will likely grow. In fact, in areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting. It’s more difficult to remove moisture and mold from carpet than from hard surfaces.
Myth #11: It Takes Weeks Or Months For Mold To Become A Problem
In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. It does not take weeks for mold to start causing health effects and significant damage to your property.
Myth #12: Mold Can Be Completely Eliminated
Unless you need to maintain a clean room, which is used for surgery or semiconductor development, complete mold elimination is too costly and unnecessary for any home or building. Mold spores are omnipresent in the world. The best thing to do is to control moisture and react quickly to flooding by drying out water-damaged materials. Remember, some types of mold can grow and become a problem in as little as 48 hours.
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