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BLEACH vs MOLD ~ Who Knew?

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Despite popular belief, BLEACH DOES NOT KILL MOLD on porous surfaces!

Because Mold grows in colonies and has roots which grow deep into the material, bleach will NOT kill Mold in its entirety. Bleach will kill the surface Mold but the water content contained in bleach will actually worsen Mold conditions! Mold is a living organism which means it needs food to survive. Within a porous structure, Mold will use the water in bleach as a food source to feed its roots. This will actually cause the mold to grow back stronger!

The following are some Interesting, Educational FACTS about BLEACH and MOLD

  • The Clorox ® Company, EPA and OSHA have specifically advised that Bleach should not be used in mold remediation
  • Bleach does not kill mold, it will only remove the stain caused by mold
  • Bleach in some cases will allow toxic mold to grow where it was not present before
  • Bleach itself is considered to be toxic and is classified the same as gasoline
  • Bleach on gypsum (the material found in sheet rock or drywall) will emit chlorine gas for at least a week
  • Bleach applied to wood will push mold spores deeper into the wood fibers creating more problems later
  • Bleach does more harm than good

Contact SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole TODAY to Remediate YOUR Mold Issue!

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