Don’t Spray Mold!

Don’t Spray Mold!
There seems to be lots of mis-information on the Internet recommending that you spray chemicals on mold. This article explains why spraying mold will in fact make the situation worse.
WHAT IS MOLD?
Molds are a type of fungi and are neither plant nor animal. There are over 100,000 types of mold with at least 1,000 types found in North America and live in colonies growing on food, fabric, bathroom walls, construction materials, and soil. Mold proliferates through the release of spores into the air we breathe and are not visible to the naked eye.
Indoor molds cause two key problems.
1. They destroy the material that they feed on, including bathroom walls, carpets, insulation, and ceilings.
2. Exposure to high concentrations of certain types of mold creates health problems. For this reason, materials that are infected with mold need to be removed. In fact, mold is like a cancer, unless it is dealt with and removed, it will continue to grow. The only way to deal with mold is to eradicate it.
HOW DOES MOLD GROW?
Most homes and buildings have mold because they offer the three ingredients mold needs to grow:
1. Food, which includes materials high in cellulose content such as paper and wood. Drywall, wallpaper, carpet, ceiling tiles, dust, and dirt, are also food sources for mold.
2. Temperatures of 5 degrees to 38 degrees present the perfect environment for mold.
3. Finally, water is the key ingredient. Mold can not grow without moisture. Where there is moisture, you will find mold. This is one of the reasons that leaking pipes, roofs and ceiling, sewer backups, floods, and condensation end up causing mold issues.
Mold is a growing concern because we spend up to 90 percent of our time indoors, creating a situation ripe for health issues.
KILLING MOLD IS NOT THE ANSWER!
Getting rid of mold by applying bleach or chemicals is NOT the answer to the problem because dead mold spores are just as harmful to the human lung as live spores. You may have read or heard about the myth of the “Mummy’s Curse” in which all of the Archaeologists that discovered King Tutankhamen’s Tomb eventually died. They, in fact, died from dead aspergillus mold spores that laid dormant for centuries!
In addition, mold spores like Aspergillus and Stachybotrys (black mold) are toxic in both a live form and a dead form. The key to proper mold removal is to remove all of the mold spores.
Mold is toxic and can cause many health issues. In fact, mold produces mycotoxins that are pathogenic to animals and humans. In 2011 we posted an article on the uses of mold as a biological weapon to illustrate just how toxic mold is.
In the words of our founder and President, James C. Watson:

“There is no chemical that should be sprayed on mold as the dead mold spores are just as harmful as the living mold spores. All standards and reference guides including the IICRC mold removal guideline frown upon spraying mold. It is all abut removal, air filtration and proper cleaning. When you spray stuff on mold it will release its spores into the air and the air is the last place you want a large contamination of mold spores“.
Well stated James! 🙂

Killing Mold Is Not The Answer

Killing Mold Is Not The Answer
There seems to be a misconception that getting rid of mold by applying bleach or chemicals is the answer to the problem. This is actually not the case because dead mold spores are just as harmful to the human lung as live spores.
There is actually a historical anecdote about the toxic nature of dead mold spores. You probably have heard of the myth of the “Mummy’s Curse” in which all of the Archaeologists that discovered King Tutankhamen’s Tomb eventually died. In 1922, a team of British archeologists in Egypt found the tomb and by 1929, the eleven people associated with the tomb died of early and “unnatural” causes and this is how the myth of the “Mummy’s Curse” evolved. In reality, the actual cause of death of was the result of inhaling dead Aspergillus mold spores and this is the reason that Archaeologists today wear respirators and suits when they are on a dig site.
In addition, mold spores like Aspergillus and Stachybotrys (black mold) are toxic in both a live form and a dead form. The key to proper mold removal is to remove all of the mold spores. This is what Got Mold? does and the reason we follow an Eight Step Process on all of our projects. Our ultimate goal is to provide Health & Longevity to our clients, their friends, and family.
If you discover mold in your home, don’t take this issue lightly and review one of our earlier articles on Mold Do’s and Don’ts. We give you straight forward information to help you stay healthy and to prevent further spread of spores in your home or business.
Mold is toxic and can cause many health issues. In fact, mold produces mycotoxins that are pathogenic to animals and humans. In 2011 we posted an article on the uses of mold as a biological weapon to illustrate just how toxic mold is.
If you discover mold in your home or business, just remember that some molds can be toxic and that it is best not to disturb the mold which could inadvertently release spores in the air and create even more problems. We recommend that you contact us for a professional assessment. Our goal is to provide you with peace of mind.

Mold Advocate Put In Jail

Mold Advocate Put In Jail
Earlier this week Sharon Kramer was jailed for telling the truth about mold and the negative health effects it can have.
She wrote an article about conflict of interest influencing the outcome of mold litigation trials that denied legitimate claims. She is going to jail because she has been accused of libel and refused to comply with a Judicial Court Order demanding her to commit perjury and retract her statement. To learn more about this outrageous case and the heavy handed tactics being used by the California courts, please click here.
It is a scientific fact that mold can have a negative impact on the health and well being of those exposed. Resistance to this fact is driven purely by economics because landlords, school boards, and other government agencies don’t want to deal with the cost of cleaning up the toxic mold. Unfortunately, the long term implications of ignoring this problem will just make the situation worse.
However, a recent court case in New York suggests that this issue may need to be addressed because the courts are finally acknowledging the scientific facts that prove the negative health implications that exposure to mold can have.
Mold is a growing concern. Got Mold? is here to help. If you suspect that you have mold, give us a call.

Mold in the News: Issue 4

Mold in the News: Issue 4
At Got Mold? our goal is to keep our followers aware of mold related news stories. Each day, we scour the internet looking for relevant information. Here are some stories we thought may interest you!
Mold remains a problem for people hit hard by Tropical Storm Lee: Nearly six months after Tropical Storm Lee soaked Central PA, people are still waking up to problems. We understand mold is a persistent pest for many flood victims. Mold is a pesky problem that may still be blossoming behind your back if you couldn’t take care of it immediately or turned a blind eye. Experts fear that as temperatures continue to climb and become more humid, the problem will only get worse.
Titusville police mold problem to cost city $600K: Titusville city leaders said a mold problem at the police department will now cost the city $600,000 to clean up. WFTV reported in October when officials discovered the mold at the headquarters on John Glenn Boulevard. There’s now mold in 42 rooms at the department. City leaders said peeling back the vinyl wallpaper at the Titusville police station was like peeling back an onion. Crews kept finding more mold and more problems.
Camp Allen takes action to get rid of mold in barracks: More mold problems have been reported; this time the complaints are coming from local bases. But the military is not shying away from the mold monster. Instead, they are trying to keep our troops safe from it. Complaints started surfacing in October about the mold and water damage on Camp Allen in Norfolk at the 1st fleet anti-terrorism security team building.
Does my House have Mold and What should I do?: Q. What is the difference between a mushroom, a toadstool, a mold, a mildew, and a fungus? A. They are all fungi (singular = fungus). The study of fungi is called mycology. Q. Where can I find fungi? A. Everywhere, including the Arctic, Antarctic, tropics, deserts, woodlands, oceans, lakes, streams, in the air, in the soil, and even on the soot in chimneys.
Video: Mould Invades Ottawa Home: Recent research suggests that mold can more than double the risk of respiratory illness in children. Please watch this video, there is great information here! Does your home have lots of humidity or visible mold, watch this video!
Video: Black Mold Covered by Wallpaper, This Will Gross You Out: From the outside, an apartment building on a north side commercial corridor looks unlike any other. But a look inside reveals shocking conditions. Shakeen Aslam, a tenant of the building at 2727 W. Devon Ave., said he stopping paying rent to the landlord because things were so deplorable; rotting ceilings, jerry-rigged and exposed wiring, and electric meters rusting from the water that had been leaking on them from above.
Health Care and Household Mold: Have you ever noticed a musty smell in your bathroom, closet, or other areas of the house, especially in areas near water? Mold: it’s as old as the Earth and it’s everywhere- inside homes and out. And under the right set of conditions, it can actually start to grow inside your house, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The NAHB reports that Mold is alive, but it is neither a plant nor an animal. Mold is a type of fungus.
Video: SNOKIST Recycles Black Toxic Moldy Apple Sauce 4 Children. Shocking!: Leeza Broome did what many parents do when her kids came down with upset stomachs in January – she fed them applesauce. A nurse recommended the applesauce diet. But the result was not good. “After that their diarrhea, both of them, got much worse,” said Broome.
Mold found in two Lake County fire stations: Mold has been found in two Lake County fire stations, an official said today. Firefighters will be moved into trailers in the parking lot when workers begin to eradicate the mold from a station in Astor and another in the Four Corners area, county spokeswoman Kelly LaFollette said. Cleanup is expected to take 50 working days.
Mold found at Port Barre High School: Significant water damage at Port Barre High School has caused a serious mold issue at the school’s library, science lab and a classroom, St. Landry Parish School System officials said this week. The problem first was spotted in the library, where books were so badly damaged by water that they had to be thrown out, system curriculum director Claudia Blanchard told the school board Building, Lands and Sites Committee on Monday.