Using Bleach to Kill Mold Can Backfire

Household mold is dangerous and can cause many problems, including illness and the destruction of property. Mold should never be allowed to grow. Action should be taken immediately to prevent further damage and expenses.

Is my problem: Mold or Mildew?

“Mildew” and “mold” are often used interchangeably, as if they are the same thing. Mold that grows indoors is often called mildew, especially when found on clothing or other fabric. Scientists call a fungus that grows on plants mildew. If it grows on a plant, it is mildew; if it grows indoors, it is mold. It doesn’t matter much, however, as most people know what is meant when either word is used.

Should You Reach for the Bleach for Mold Remediation?

Bleach is commonly believed to be an effective fungicide (mold-killer). On porous surfaces such as walls, floors, ceilings, and cabinets, however, it is not effective – in fact, it can actually feed the mold and make the problem worse. This is counterintuitive – it goes against the common thought that bleach kills germs. How can bleach feed the mold, when it is supposed to kill it? It has to do with the composition of bleach and the structure of mold.

Chlorine bleach is mostly water. The water in the bleach carries the active chemical ingredient known as chlorine (sodium hypochlorite). Several sources, including the bleach-mold-myth say that the chlorine in bleach remains on the surface of the wood and does not soak down into the wood.

Mold grows in colonies, sending out branches as it grows. Killing one part of the mold will not kill the mold. overall.  Instead, the mold comes back. If it has been fed by using bleach or some other household cleaner, it comes back stronger. So call us today to get rid of your mold forever.