“I’ll Just Put Bleach On It…”

“I’ll Just Put Bleach On It…”

January 11, 2016

If you’ve got a mold problem on your hand and this thought enters your head, stop yourself in your tracks. While it’s often said that bleach can get rid of mold, this is a common misconception that can cause more harm than good. Bleach can do a decent job of killing some of the mold in a home on a smooth non porous surface like glass, but what it doesn’t do is kill the roots. Think about what might happen if you were to run a lawnmower over a section of weeds in your yard. It may look better for a period of time, but with the roots still intact, you can rest assured that the problem will return.

Mold can cause life threatening health issues in humans, so be certain your home and air quality are safe. It is time to dispel the myth that bleach alone can get the job done.

The Problem with Bleach as a Fix for Mold Growth

Sodium hypochlorite—more commonly referred to as “bleach”—is a corrosive, which is what leads many people to believe that it can serve as an adequate solution to mold issues. The problem, though, is that bleach is unable to penetrate deep into wood-based building materials, where the mycelia (roots) of the mold are often embedded. This is precisely why bleach applications often make an area look better, yet they don’t solve the underlying problem.

For this reason, today’s mold remediation specialists typically avoid ever using chlorine bleach-based cleaning products on wood materials that have been infected by mold. Instead, a biocide is injected after the surface has been properly prepared, which kills the mold colony and helps to ensure that future surface blooms to do not occur. Encapsulation (an application of a paint-like material) is the next step in the process, sealing-in the biocide so that it does not escape. Finally, post-testing must be performed so that there’s no question as to whether or not mold remains in the home.

Why Hire a Mold Remediation Specialist?

If mold is causing problems in your home, taking on the issue yourself is almost never advisable. Chlorine bleach applications won’t fix the underlying problem, and sodium hypochlorite can be dangerous when handled improperly. At Blue Planet, we specialize in it eliminating mold growth entirely. Our thorough approach helps to put your mind at ease, knowing that the problem will not reoccur in the future.

Mold can affect indoor air quality and the health of you and your family. With winter here, homeowners will be spending a lot more time indoors, and if mold is present, this can lead to a myriad of health issues. It’s time to take action. Contact us today to learn more and to schedule an appointment.