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Can I Use Bleach For Mold Remediation In The Office?

8/27/2020 (Permalink)

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West Palm Beach Entrepreneurs Want A Quick Fix For Mold.

West Palm Beach business owners know that it is essential to keep their company headquarters in good condition. Your office building is one of your most significant expenses, and so you want to take as good care of it as you can.

If you notice mold growth in your West Palm Beach premises, you might wonder if you can use bleach for mold remediation. Bleach has become something of a folk remedy – many people believe it is a safe and effective way to deal with mold yourself, instead of calling in a remediation company.

But is it a good idea to use bleach on the spores in your office? 

How does mold grow?

To understand some of the reasons bleach is not suitable for mold remediation, we must first understand how mold grows. Spores can develop if the environment has a supply of organic material for food, water, oxygen, and the correct temperatures.

Items such as drywall, wallpaper, and even carpets, provide organic material for spores to munch on. Add in enough oxygen, the right temperatures, and a damp environment, and you have a recipe for spore growth in your office.

Does bleach kill mold?

Technically, yes – bleach can kill some mold spores. However, the Environment Protection Agency does not recommend using bleach for cleaning mold, and SERVPRO strongly recommends you find an alternative. In some cases, using bleach is very ineffective, and in other cases, it can make the problem worse.

It is also important to note that bleach is caustic and is a toxic chemical. It is not generally safe to use, and SERVPRO encourages you to steer clear of it.

Why is bleach not effective for killing mold?

Most bleach labels state it is not suitable for porous surfaces. Bleach cannot penetrate the deeper levels of porous surfaces such as wood or drywall.

When mold grows on wood or drywall, it does not only build on the surface. It forms deeper roots into the material where it can continue to feed and propagate. If you use bleach on a non-porous surface, you may believe you have eradicated the mold. However, you have only tackled the surface appearance and have not dealt with the underlying spore growth. The fungus can quickly regrow in this situation.

 Can bleach make the problem worse?

Unfortunately, yes, using bleach can make your mold problems worse. Bleach has high water content, and that water can sink into porous materials, leaving the chlorine component behind to evaporate on the surface. That water feeds the deeper mold roots and encourages further growth. Now the mold has extra fuel to come back more strongly than before.

What is the best alternative to bleach?

The best alternative to bleach is hiring a professional remediation company like SERVPRO. We train our technicians in assessing a mold situation and using the most appropriate tools.

Hiring a professional team means you do not have to take time out of your business to deal with mold yourself, and you are not using toxic bleach in the work environment. We have industry-standard antimicrobial and antifungal products to hand, which are better suited to the job than bleach.

Can SERVPRO get rid of mold?

No – it is a myth that a remediation company can remove mold from your premises. Because the spores are microscopic and present throughout the natural world, it is impossible to eradicate them. However, thorough mold remediation can get rid of existing spores and discourage new growth.

SERVPRO of Lake Worth uses devices such as:

Moisture sensors

Moisture meters and penetrating moisture meters

Thermo-hygrometers

Infrared imaging

To monitor moisture levels in your office. Monitoring means we can tackle mold growth wherever it is hiding. We also know for sure when the moisture level and humidity has dropped to a level mold does not like. Our monitoring process means our remediation process is more than surface deep, and therefore more effective.

What is the SERVPRO mold remediation process?

On arrival, our team will:

Inspect and assess so we can draw up the best plan

Set up containment if needed to prevent further spread of spores

Use air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to pull the microscopic spores out of the air

Remove mold and mold-infested materials

Clean your office and office furniture as much as practical

We also train our teams to handle odor removal and carry out restoration jobs (such as replacing drywall or carpets). We understand the need to get back to work, which is why we aim to leave your property, “Like it never even happened.”

For help with mold remediation, call SERVPRO of Lake Worth at (561) 588-9777.

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