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.

Video: Mould Invades Ottawa Home

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!

Mold in the News: Issue 3

Mold in the News: Issue 3
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!
Family’s mould hell: A couple whose infant daughter is suffering from a chronic cough say they have had to fight a 10-year battle to be moved from their mould-infested home. Sabrina and Danny Ebanks-Thornback say they have endured eight years in a damp housing association home – only to be moved into a second mouldy property.
Chelsea Hotel Mold Investigation in Atlantic City: CBS 3 I-Team went undercover, and beyond the glitzy lobby, beach views and swanky dining at the Chelsea Hotel in Atlantic City, we found what appeared to be mold in a number of rooms: guest rooms, utility rooms, and storage rooms where we saw cots and cribs.
Return of the Mold Monster: Military Housing Sucks, Corrupt Government Contractor: NewsChannel 3’s investigation into mold in military housing is getting results for military families. Lincoln Military Housing is spending millions to try to solve the problems our exclusive investigation uncovered three months ago, hoping to make things right with their residents at home. But at the same time, the company is trying to get off the hook in the courtroom.
Mould in schools a concern for union, parents: The union representing elementary school teachers in Ontario say parents and school boards must be vigilant about the spread of mould in school buildings and portables. Peter Guiliani, the head of the Ottawa-Carleton local of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, said his union has complained about mould in Ottawa schools on behalf of both staff and students, and said parents should do the same.
Police union links mould to legionnaires: The WA Police Union believes continuing issues of mould at a station in the Pilbara may have contributed to an officer contracting Legionnaires disease. Both the Karratha and South Hedland police stations had severe mould problems last year. Some officers had to be relocated to nearby stations as a result.
44% of reserve homes in Canada have mould: Snaw’Naw’As Chief David Bob stands by the stoop of a faded two-storey home that has seen better days. The white paint is peeling off the door and the porch is sagging beneath its own weight. The dilapidated house was built more than two decades ago when homes weren’t constructed to withstand the wet coastal weather, and like others its age, it’s vulnerable to black mould. Mouldy reserve homes in Canada are amounting to a national crisis and First Nations in Nanoose and Nanaimo are not immune.

Mold in the News: Issue 2

Mold in the News: Issue 2
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 Takes Over Home In Queens: At first you may think it’s just black marker, or perhaps dirt on Patrina Smith’s walls, but a close look reveals large blotches of mold which continue to grow each day at her home in Jamaica Queens. “I walk through the door and see this,” Patrina says as she points to splatters of mold on her ceiling. Over time fur has also grown over the mold in her two bedroom home.
Couple says mold in apartment caused health problems: According to the Environmental Protection Agency, living with mold in your home can cause everything from mild asthma to shortness of breath and even lung disease. “The burning of the eyes, the coughing and the headaches, constant headaches,” said Frank Killian on how he thinks mold affected him. Killen said he and his girlfriend, Deb, dealt with health issues for the past two years because of mold in his apartment.
School cafeteria inspections uncover risky violations such as mold: Updated story on Barton Elementary school mold problem reported earlier.
Broward County Florida Courthouse’s Toxic Mold Alleged to be Cause of Employees’ Illnesses: Allegations contained in lawsuits from 19 past and present employees who worked in the Broward County courthouse claim toxic substances in the building are have made them sick. The injured employees claim the courthouse, located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is contaminated with toxic mold and asbestos.
Tenant’s court-approved deal in mold lawsuit in limbo: A court-approved mediated agreement between a woman who said she suffered serious health problems from years of mold contamination in her government-subsidized apartment may have hit a snag.
FEMA: Mold Hazard After Flooding, May Return as Weather Warms: FEMA: Mold Hazard After Flooding, May Return as Weather Warms The floodwaters may have receded months ago, but mold and mildew – dormant during the winter months — may reappear in water-damaged homes as the weather warms. Mold only grows in warm, wet conditions and may have been inactive and unnoticed during the winter months. It can lurk throughout a home, from the attic to the basement and crawl spaces.
One Verona school sets up surveillance to combat vandals; another combats mold: Due to ongoing vandalism at Forest Avenue Elementary School, the Verona Police Department is lending a portable surveillance system to the school, Verona Board of Education member Glenn Elliot announced at last week’s board meeting. Mold keeps reappearing in the basement storage area of F.N. Brown Elementary school. Student do not spend class or activity time in the affected area.