The RSMC has compiled a list of myths about mold. These four points will address builder and owner concerns as it relates to the “M” word.
The RSMC has compiled a list of myths about mold. These four
points will address builder and owner concerns as it relates to the “M” word.
1.Mold grows only on
paper, wood and other organic material
Mold will grow on any surface, including glass, fiberglass
and even steel. Mold needs three things to grow: 1) mold spores (which are
almost always in the air); 2) moisture; and 3) a food source. Houses are
constructed using a wide variety of organic materials, therefore, the only effective
strategy to control mold is to control moisture.
2.Mold can be
We all benefit from some molds such as the species that led
to the development of penicillin. Only “clean room” technologies-which are too
expensive and unnecessary for the home or office-can eliminate mold spores.
Therefore, the only thing you can control in your home or office is moisture.
3.Only experts can
Homeowners can clean small patches of mold using household
detergents and warm water. After cleaning, rinsing and drying the spot where
mold has grown, rubber gloves and cleaning cloths used in the process should be
discarded. Larger patches of mold may need to be eliminated by trained
4.Once mold starts,
it will always be present
Mold can be stopped in its tracks but only if moisture is
minimized or eliminated. Therefore, leaks should be corrected as soon as they
become apparent. Building experts urge homeowners to be aware of some of the
telltale signs of mold, which include dampness, odors, discoloration, peeling
paint, condensation, compacted insulation and actual mold outbreaks.