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Why Bleach Can Make Your Mold Worse

4/17/2020 (Permalink)

Arm of someone wearing yellow rubber glove pointing a spray bottle towards a wall with visible mold damage. Mold spores are very complex and volatile, this is why you should always turn to a licensed mold remediation specialist.

One of the biggest misconceptions with regards to mold is that bleach “kills” mold. Often, a mold problem becomes perpetuated by the use of bleach. Chlorine bleach loses effectiveness very quickly because of how quickly chlorine evaporates leaving behind the water used by manufacturers to dilute the chemical to legal concentrations for household use. This means, when you spray/wipe bleach onto a surface (especially a porous one) that is growing mold, it will remove the very superficial layer of mold but feed the deeper roots of the spore with the water that is left behind when the chlorine evaporates-thus causing the mold to grow and spread, eventually returning back to the surface. If you should ever encounter mold growth in your home please give us a call at 772-770-0501. We will assess the damage and follow a very specific protocol to ensure the mold is eradicated completely and properly the first time.

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