The RSMC has compiled a list of myths about mold. These four points will address builder and owner concerns as it relates to the “M” word.

1. Mold grows only on paper, wood and other organic material
Mold will grow on any surface, including glass, fiberglass and even steel. Mold needs three things to grow: 1) mold spores (which are almost always in the air); 2) moisture; and 3) a food source. Houses are constructed using a wide variety of organic materials, therefore, the only effective strategy to control mold is to control moisture.

2. Mold can be eliminated
We all benefit from some molds such as the species that led to the development of penicillin. Only “clean room” technologies-which are too expensive and unnecessary for the home or office-can eliminate mold spores. Therefore, the only thing you can control in your home or office is moisture.

3. Only experts can clean mold
Homeowners can clean small patches of mold using household detergents and warm water. After cleaning, rinsing and drying the spot where mold has grown, rubber gloves and cleaning cloths used in the process should be discarded. Larger patches of mold may need to be eliminated by trained professionals.

4. Once mold starts, it will always be present
Mold can be stopped in its tracks but only if moisture is minimized or eliminated. Therefore, leaks should be corrected as soon as they become apparent. Building experts urge homeowners to be aware of some of the telltale signs of mold, which include dampness, odors, discoloration, peeling paint, condensation, compacted insulation and actual mold outbreaks.