Does Chlorine Bleach Kill Mold and Mildew

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Does Chlorine Bleach Kill Mold and Mildew

Mold spores are everywhere; they are part of our environment, microscopic and they play a very important part in our eco system. Mold, mildew and bacteria all contribute to the digestion process of breaking down leaves, dead trees and other plants back into soil. It is Mother Earths’ way of cleaning our planet and our environment of natural garbage.

The problem starts when the spores come into our home and lay about until they come into contact with a food source. Water and nutrients are what they need to grow. Water, moisture and humidity will all act as the water source. Building materials such as wood, sheet rock and paper products will all act as a nutrient source. Mold can grow out of control in a very short period of time destroying your home and endangering the health of you and your family. People with weak immune systems should be especially careful when exposed to toxic mold. Flu like symptoms is common in people that have been subjected to spores, mold growth and mildew exposure.

Chlorine Bleach and its ability to kill mold has been a controversy for some time. The largest of bleach manufactures has con seeded that bleach in its normal strength as we know it will NOT kill mold. In addition, the E.P.A. and several other Health Departments have advised that bleach is ineffective at cleaning, disinfecting or killing mold spores and mold. Bleach cannot clean dirt, grime and soils but only makes them transparent. Surfaces that are affected by mold must be cleaned first in order for the bleach to have any effect and even then the organic materials neutralize the effects of bleach rendering it ineffective against mold growth. Chlorine Bleach looses almost half of its strength in about 3 month.

Chlorine bleach is ineffective at killing mold spores and mold. If you have discovered mold in your home or work place consider using an approved E.P.A. registered product. Mold is not something you should mess around with. Every day that you wait, mold grows further into the structure of your home causing damage. Contact a mold remediation company at the first sigh of mold. Have you home tested for mold and safeguard you home and family.

By: Bradley Skierkowski