Mold - Health, Money and Home Improvement Scams
Scam artists love to prey on people's immediate needs, fear and ignorance about things. Have you ever taken your car to a mechanic and thought "Is he lying to me?" At some point, we have all had an immediate need, and unfortunately this is when scam artists like to cultivate fear knowing full well you probably know nothing about the subject.
I found this entertaining, enlightening video on the topic of household mold.
Selling dozens of homes in Southwestern Ohio each year, I have been in my fair share of moldy homes, especially with HUD homes and foreclosures. I can tell you that mold are no fun. It's a concern, absolutely. Especially if you or your children have certain health issues. At the same time though, just like anything else, "professionals" of questionable character will get out the snake oil and start trying to milk it.
Don't get me wrong, sometimes mold issues must be mitigated but lets get real. You may have to strip a room down to it's bones and start over but many mild-moderate problems can be remedied with a spritz of bleach water. Watch out though; some mold mitigation services will tell you how dangerous and deadly mold is and make a big show of it for you hoping to sell expensive and often unnecessary services.
Many don't realize they are breathing millions of mold spores a day, have their entire lives and it's perfectly normal. If, however, you have a lot of mold in the home you'll need to address it but it's more important to address the issues that are causing it.
Mold requires three things to survive; nutrition, warmth and water. There's absolutely nothing you can do about the first two, but homes have sources of moisture that are obvious but also obscure and these are what really need to be addressed. It's good to get mold taken care of, but more importantly; fix the source.
I've had some clients ask me where mold keeps coming from in a kitchen pantry or in a seemingly dry corner of a room. You'd be surprised at just how sneaky moisture can be. I found this entertaining video about mold to share and there are many great examples about overlooked places where moisture comes from. Fix these and your mold problem won't come back.