The internet is loaded with information about mold from hundreds of different sources. If you have done your due diligence and thoroughly researched “mold” then you know first-hand how confusing it is to separate fact from myth.
In this series, our healthy home expert Carl Grimes dispels some of the most common mold “myths” — starting with what we think is the biggest: Mold is the problem.
The reality is that mold isn't actually the problem. While mold growth can absolutely cause issues — both for human health and structural damage — in its own right, it is really a “symptom” of a more fundamental problem – dampness. Much like a fever is a “symptom” of an infection.
Dampness inside your house is the result of moisture not being able to escape and can come from many sources:
- Leaks (even small ones) in pipes, roof, basements, ice makers, freezers, sinks, etc.
- Condensation from showering, cooking, doing laundry, drying laundry inside
- Outdoor climate
While it is important to clean up visible mold and remove materials damaged by mold that can’t be cleaned, it is essential to eliminate the source of dampness. Cleaning up mold without fixing what is causing the dampness just means you will be cleaning up mold again and again (and again and again). The fundamental problem is dampness — so find and fix leaks, run exhaust fans in the bath and kitchen, make sure your dryer vents outside, limit drying clothes indoors, and keep your house well ventilated. The mold occurs because of the dampness so the more you do to minimize dampness, the more you can minimize the risk of mold. It is that simple.
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