Dallas Mold Consultants, a mold inspection company, provides advanced mold testing and analysis to determine if mold issues are present in a home or building. The team works to identify the extent of any mold damage or infestation in Dallas and offers advice about the most appropriate solution to restore a property to a safe, normal, and healthy condition. Being a third-party testing firm, Dallas Mold Consultants does not offer mold remediation services. The company provides independent, unbiased testing procedures and post-remediation testing to ensure that any remediation work was performed properly for the Dallas, TX, area home or business.
Debunking Common Myths About Mold
Mold is a common household problem that homeowners must deal with. Mold grows very quickly, sometimes within twenty-four to forty-eight hours, if conditions are right. Many mold facts are readily available, yet the general population still holds many misconceptions about mold. Dispelling the myths gives people a better understanding of mold and its impact on their health and home. Here is the truth behind some of the common myths about mold.
Myth #1: Mold has no benefits.
Fact: Long-term exposure to mold may negatively impact a person’s health. However, certain molds serve beneficial purposes. The mold growing in nature aids the decomposition of organic matter, which allows other organisms to thrive. Cheese production uses molds such as Aspergillus flavus. Other molds are utilized in medicine, such as the Penicillium mold. It is used to obtain Penicillin, the first antibiotic ever discovered.
Myth #2: Repeated mold exposure will not result in complications or sickness.
Fact: Everyone who is exposed to mold does not necessarily become sick. However, all molds can potentially cause illness or distress. People who have respiratory issues are especially vulnerable.
Symptoms commonly associated with exposure to mold include watery eyes, coughing, congestion, and headaches. Memory loss and dizziness can occur. Research scientists have recently discovered that ongoing exposure to mold can produce symptoms that mirror Parkinson’s disease.
Myth #3: All mold in the home can be eliminated.
Fact: Mold spores are everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. The air everyone breathes contains mold spores, so completely eliminating the spores is virtually impossible. Problems with mold arise when the concentration of mold spores reaches levels of toxicity in the home. Larger concentrations of mold spores may foster health risks and cause damage to a home if mold infestation is not immediately mitigated.
Myth #4: It is always possible to identify the type of mold growing in a home.
Fact: Mold species range in number from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands. The wide variety of mold and fungi species makes it all but impossible to identify most molds. Some of the most common types found in homes are Penicillium, Cladosporium, Aspergillus, and Alternaria.
Myth #5: Mold can always be seen.
Fact: Many people think that because they are not able to see mold means that there is no mold problem. Mold spores are microscopic, and some types of mold are not readily visible. Smell is a better mold detector than eyesight. The presence of a musty odor is a reliable indicator that mold is likely present in the home or business.
Myth #6: Household bleach is an effective tool to destroy mold.
Fact: Many homeowners turn to bleach to remove mold in their homes. However, bleach kills only living mold, and mold spores are not affected. Removing mold with a mixture of water and bleach can allow mold to propagate even faster. Instead of bleach, employ a combination of household detergent and water for small-scale mold remediation.
Myth #7: A small spot of mold should not be a matter of concern.
Fact: A minor mold problem can expand very quickly if the moisture problem is not resolved. Also, mold can spread to any organic surface. The home HVAC system is a haven for mold. Once in the system, the mold can cause widespread damage that requires costly repairs.
Myth #8: Once the mold is removed, it will not return.
Fact: The only way to prevent mold from returning is to resolve the water or moisture problem that originally caused the mold infestation.
Truth: Mold infestation is a serious issue that needs immediate professional attention.
Even very small infestation areas require professional consulting and mold removal services. A homeowner’s actions to personally remove mold may backfire and accelerate mold growth. Having a third-party mold consultant perform mold testing, offer remediation strategies, and confirm results makes sense for the homeowner who is eager to create a healthy home environment. Well-trained mold remediation professionals know the best techniques and have specialized equipment to remove mold efficiently.
For more information about the mold consultant in Dallas, contact Dallas Mold Consultants by phone at (972) 945-6653.