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10 Things You May Not Know About Mold

  1. Mold can grow on Christmas trees.
    Mold growth is common in areas surrounding outdoor foliage, so when you bring a living Christmas tree indoors, you may be bringing mold into your home.
  2. You can’t paint over mold.
    Painting over mold is a bad idea for many reasons. It will cause paint to bubble and crack once it’s dried. The mold will continue to live and grow underneath the paint.
  3. There are thousands of different kinds of mold.
    Though there are many, many different types of mold, there are about 12 common types that grow in homes. Some may affect your health and your home differently.
  4. Not all insurance policies cover mold.
    Some homeowners’ policies do not cover mold infestations. Check your policy before mold strikes to make sure that you’re covered.
  5. Some mold is harmful, and some mold is not.
    Not all molds are created equal. Mold growth is everywhere, and much of it can be harmless. But other molds—such as black mold—can be very dangerous.
  6. Mold growth is often a sign of water damage.
    Because mold needs moisture to grow, it often grows indoors when there is water damage. If your home has been infested by mold, make sure you get down to the source. There could be a bigger problem.
  7. Mold growth is usually hidden.
    Often times mold grows in the walls or in other hidden places. Mold thrives in dark and damp places.
  8. Some people have a mold allergy.
    Mold will not have the same effect on everyone. Most molds that grow indoors are fairly harmless. But if you have a mold allergy, the spores that mold releases into the air can cause you to have an allergic reaction.
  9. Bleach does not kill mold.
    Despite popular belief, mold can outlive bleach. If you have a mold infestation, call a professional to remove it.
  10. Mold can grow on any surface as long as there is moisture.
    All mold needs to grow is moisture and food. It can thrive on any surface.

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