Most people are familiar with mold and the negative effects that it causes. Mold is everywhere and you may be exposed to it in places you would never imagine. However as much as you know about mold, there may be some important things you don’t know. Here are six surprising facts about mold.

1. Bleach Does Not Kill Mold

Bleach can clean a lot and is said to kill most bacteria but mold is not one of them.  When you spray bleach on mold, it is not eliminating the source and it will grow back. Also while doing so the mold spores are only killed but then become distributed throughout your home.

2. Mold Can Be Deadly

Mold can cause a range of health issues including skin rashes, respiratory illnesses, and even worse. Cold and flu-like symptoms are linked to mold exposure. Even worse, if mold is severe enough and you are elderly or your immune system is comprised mold can actually be deadly.

3. Insurance limits Coverage for Mold

Check with your insurance policy and know what it covers. A typical insurance policy does not usually cover more than $5,000. for mold damage. Much of this can be eaten up by testing and protocols necessary to properly perform the remediation of the mold. This only would be covered if the mold is a result of a sudden occurrence. There is typically no coverage for mold that is the result of a long-term leak or other home maintenance issue.

4. Mold Can be Found on Christmas Trees

Do your allergies tend to get worse around Christmas time? It may be due to the fact that you have mold on your Christmas tree. If it is a certain temperature outside and your tree is brought inside mold can grow on it pretty quickly. You can avoid this by purchasing an artificial tree.

5. Painting Over Mold Does Not Remove It

Do not think that you can paint over the mold and it will be gone. Mold goes a lot deeper than the surface and even though you won’t be able to see it anymore it is there. The mold will come back through the paint in a few weeks.

6. There are more than 100,000 Types of Mold

Can you believe there are over 100,000 types of mold? Not all mold is harmful, and some types are even used for medicine. With so many types of mold, it can be difficult to know the difference between beneficial and harmful molds. However, should you find mold anywhere in your home it is important to have a professional check it out because toxic mold exposure can be a serious threat to your health.

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