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Why Using Bleach on Mold in Your Indian River County Property is a Bad Idea

3/21/2022 (Permalink)

Mold growing on drywall Here you can see the mold growing on a piece of dry wall that our technicians replaced.

When people find mold growth on their property, the first thought that comes to mind is to reach for the bottle of bleach. However, it is a very common misconception that bleach “kills” mold.

According to the EPA: “Biocides are substances that can destroy living organisms. The use of a chemical or biocide that kills organisms such as mold (chlorine bleach, for example) is not recommended as a routine practice during mold cleanup.” This is because when mold grows on a porous surface its roots spread deep into the material in an attempt to access more nutrients. Applying bleach would simply change the color of the surface mold, giving the appearance that it has vanished while the roots remain. Over time the mold will regain its color and grow back, often worse than before bleach was applied.

If you believe you have mold in your home it is always recommended you call a licensed and insured mold remediation expert, such as SERVPRO of Vero Beach. We are Indian River County’s leading mold expert. Call our office at 772-770-0501 to schedule your consultation!

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