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Moss Mold Mildew and Myths

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

Moss Mold Mildew & Myths

Moss, Mold and Mildew are thought to be all related and in the mold family!  Fact: Not True!

We receive many calls from homeowners with questions and some are surprised with the facts about the differences and how to treat them. We hope that the following information may help to clarify.

Moss is a plant that converts sunlight and dissolved soil minerals into the energy it needs to grow and reproduce.

Myth: Moss grows only on north side of trees! Fact: Sometimes True!

Well this is partially true if you are in the Northern hemisphere but if you are in the Southern Hemisphere it grows mostly on the south side of trees.  If you are lost in the woods and are using moss to navigate you will get to where you are going only 50% of the time as this old rule of thumb only works 50% of the time.  Best to use a compass!!!

Mold is a fungus!  Fact: True!

Molds are eukaryotic micro-organisms that are decomposers of dead organic material such as leaves, wood and plants.  Today’s air-tight housing has caused a surge in mold related illnesses.  If you experience a water damage leak and it goes undetected, Mold will have the right conditions for growth. 

Myth:  Bleach will kill mold!  Fact: Not True!  Bleach is not a recognized EPA Sanitizer that can kill Mold! 

Is mildew mold? Fact: True!

Mildew is a form of mold (surface mold) and if left untreated could become a contaminant.  Mildew typically happens in bathroom showers!  Again, our new air-tight housing causes areas such as bathrooms to stay wet longer leading to mildew growth!  Fear not, Mildew is considered a surface mold and can be treated with applications of household cleaners!  In addition. It is recommended to always use the bathroom exhaust fan when showering or bathing to exhaust the humidity out of the area. 

Myth:  Mildew can be killed with bleach!  Fact: Might be True!  Bleach might work, but you should use a household cleaner that states for specific use for mildew! If it the household cleaner contains Microban, it can be used to clean mildew! If Mildew is consistently present, It might be an indication that you have a bigger issue!

With questions pertaining to mold and mildew concerns in your home, Please call SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson and Oro Valley / Marana East to have an assessment of your home today!

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