In Honor of all the Sump Pump Failures and Floods we've experienced across North East OH, BLEACH is this Month's Hot Topic! 

After a Water Event often Whole Communities are dealing with Moisture.  Because this usually also includes, Churches, Health Care Facilities, Schools and Businesses as well as Home Owners;  the race is on to Kill Germs, Eliminate Odors and Preserve properties from additional damage and biological deterioration. This includes doing what is necessary to Prevent the formation of Fungal Colonies (Mold) on Porous Materials.  

The Myth

A myth exists concerning the use and “Effectiveness” of Chlorine Bleach in the remediation of a mold problem. Mold remediation involves the removal and or clean up of mold contaminated building materials.  Often it involves removing porous substrates like Carpet and Padding, as well as removing baseboards and cutting  walls to allow proper drying procedures.  Only when a Proper Mold Inspection has been provided FIRST and  determines their is NO fungal colonies already present that it is safe to proceed according without concern for problems with the Air Quality Indoors.    

Based on our Experiences working with many Home and Businesses that trusted their Insurance Provider to deliver them the expertise they required for Water Mitigation and Structural Drying now dealing with Mold, this MOLD INSPECTION should be done by an Independent MOLD EXPERT FROM SAFEHOUSE SOLUTIONS THAT WORKS FOR YOU.  It becomes SafeHouse's job to protect your interest.  It's your insurance company adjuster's job to protect the Insurance Company's.      

Why Chlorine Bleach is NOT Recommended for Mold Remediation.

Clorine bleach is corrosive and that fact is stated on the product label (not to mention the exposure hazards of dioxins). Yet the properties of chlorine bleach prevent it from “soaking into” wood-based building materials to get at the deeply embedded mycelia (roots) of mold. The object to killing mold is to kill its “roots”.  Reputable mold remediation contractors use appropriate products that effectively disinfect properly scrubbed and cleaned salvageable mold infected wood products. 

WARNING- Beware of Any One Claiming to Be a Mold Inspector, Mold Removal Service, Water Mitigation or Restoration  Contractor, Handy Man or Other Individual that Recommends or Wants to Use Chlorine Bleach for Mold clean Up. ​

Opposing Views and Confusion.

HERE'S WHY- Previously Well-intentioned recommendations of health departments and other state and local agencies are perpetuating that belief. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) who once recommended using clorine bleach for mold abatement was the first federal agency to stop recommending the use of liquid bleach in mold remediation. A Qualified Mold Professional is VERY FAMILIAR WITH OSHA.  Subsequently, The Environmental Protection Agency  wrote-out/edited their A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture and Your Home (EPA 402-k-02-003) to exclude their once recommended use of  bleach as a mold clean-up agent as of 2011.  If you are qualified to address Mold, you will be taking Continuing Education Courses.  If they haven't taken one since 2011 they don't "really Know Mold and its Nature."  Neither are they likely educated on the latest technologies, New Standards or Guidelines.

And on a side note, ANYONE in the Mold Inspection or Abatement Services Business should carry MOLD POLLUTION AND ERRORS & OMMISSIONS INSURANCE,  NOT General Liability.  

Does Bleach Really Kill Mold?

Will chlorine bleach kill mold or not—yes or no? The answer is yes, but with a caveat. That answer comes from The Clorox Company, Oakland CA, manufacturer and distributor of Ultra Clorox® Regular Bleach. The company’s correspondence toSpore°Tech Mold Investigations, LLC stated that their Tech Center studies supported by independent laboratories show that “…3/4 cup of Clorox liquid bleach per gallon of water will be effective on hard, non-porous surfaces against… Aspergillus niger and Trichophyton mentagrophytes (Athlete’s Foot Fungus)”.Whether or not chlorine bleach kills other molds and fungi, the company did not say. The “hard, non-porous surfaces” part of the sentence is a caveat. Mold remediation involves the need to disinfect wood and wood-based building materials, all of which are porous materials. Thus, chlorine bleach should not be used in mold remediation as confirmed by OSHA’s and EPA's updated recommendations and suggested guidelines. The use of bleach as a mold disinfectant is best left to kitchen and bathroom countertops, tubs and shower glass, etc.   Still have questions or concerns give us a call at 216 246-3157.  

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