DO NOT USE CHLORINE BLEACH
TO CLEAN OR KILL TOXIC MOLD
Whether it’s found in a home or a commercial building, mold can cause serious health problems. Don’t make matters worse by trying to clean toxic mold with bleach.
Chlorine Bleach kills bacteria and viruses, but has not been proven effective in killing molds on porous surfaces like wood and drywall.
Bleach is 94% water. Water is one of the main contributors of the growth of harmful bacteria and mold. Attempts to remediate toxic mold using bleach only re-grow and regenerate mold and bacteria – at twice the rate originally found before bleaching.
Chlorine bleach should not be used in mold removal as confirmed by OSHA’s Mold Remediation guidelines.
For more information about the hazards of using bleach see Dr. Mercola’s interview with Dr. Jack Thrasher: Dr. Thrasher on the health dangers of mold
PuroClean Emergency Recovery Services Mold Remediation Protocol adheres to the standards for mold removal as illustrated in:
The 4 Steps that *must* be taken to deal with toxic mold:
Step 1: Identify Water Source
The first step in any toxic mold remediation project, and the most crucial step, is to deal with the underlying water situation. Mold is always related to water, so a search for mold will always begin by using professional meters and expertise to look for unwanted water under cabinets or inside of walls, etc.
No matter what we do, if the source of the water isn’t fixed, then the toxic mold will return!
We inform the property owner of our findings from the inspection and offer you opportunity to consult with a third-party, qualified Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP helps evaluate the extent of the problem and writes the remediation protocol. Because it’s impossible to determine the type of mold by looking at it, an indoor air quality test identifies the type, species, and extent of mold infestation. This step is crucial if someone wants to know the specific molds present for health reasons. However, the EPA and NYC standards for mold removal allow our company to deal with small areas of visible mold without the necessity of requiring an IEP. When the area of visible mold is larger, then we do require an IEP to be involved in the process.
Step 3: Remediate the Mold
We treat every mold contamination situation as a serious matter. Remediation efforts are the same, regardless of the type of mold involved. As professionals, we treat all mold as hazardous, so our procedures, processes, and safety precautions are the same for every project.
The object of mold remediation is to kill mold at its “roots” and safely remove it while protecting the health of your family or employees. Therefore effective mold remediation disinfects porous wood and drywall while monitoring the safety of indoor air quality by providing containment and creating a negative air flow preventing the contamination of other areas of the home or commercial building.
Step 4: Clearance Test
At the end of every mold remediation, regardless of the size of the restoration, an air sample should be taken by an independent third-party qualified mold testing company and sent to a laboratory for analysis.
This step checks our work to make sure the mold has indeed been removed.
The reasonable standard used to evaluate the sample is that the mold counts by “less than outdoors.” Since we live in an interactive world and the “outside” comes in every time we open the door, the fact that spore counts in our remediation area are less than the outside indicates that the mold removal was successful.