Hopefully, you'll never have to deal with mold growth inside or outside your home. Unfortunately, many homes will develop areas of mold over time. High humidity and moisture content, such as that found inside an attic, basement, or even a poorly ventilated bathroom space, can create the perfect breeding grounds for mold. There is also a lot of misinformation out there about mold, which is why it's so important to educate yourself as a homeowner.
Myth 1: Only Black Mold is Dangerous
While black mold is certainly the most dangerous type of mold out there, the truth is that no forms of mold inside are completely harmless. When mold grows inside your home, the spores from the mold also circulate through your home's duct work and air vents. Eventually, it ends up in the air you breathe, which can pose health risks. Most often, long-term exposure to mold spores causes respiratory problems.
Myth 2: Mold Removal is a DIY Job
If you see a spot of mold on your bathroom wall, your first instinct may be to scrub it away with some bleach and water. While this may temporarily remove the physical mold, the spores will still be in the air and the mold itself will likely grow back if the source of it isn't addressed. Not to mention, trying to remove mold can expose yourself to health risks if you aren't experienced or don't have the right equipment. Always turn to a professional for mold removal and remediation.
Myth 3: Home Insurance Doesn't Cover Mold Remediation
While it's true that home insurance doesn't automatically cover all causes of mold, there are some exceptions. For example, if you end up with mold as a result of a water damage from a covered roof problem, there is a chance your insurance could also cover any mold remediation required. You'll want to check with your home insurance agent and refer to your policy for specific information on this, however.
Myth 4: If I Can't See Mold, It's Not There
Perhaps one of the most dangerous mold myths is that if you can't see it, you don't need to worry about it. Often times, dangerous mold lurks in less visible spaces of your home, such as in the corners of basements and inside attics. This is why it's a good idea to give your entire home a thorough inspection every few years and be on the lookout for signs of mold, such as a musty smell or high indoor humidity.