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5 myths about mold debunked

March 11, 2015

There's a lot of hype that surrounds the mold that grows on your bathroom ceiling and other places in your home. While you should take care of the situation with caution, there's no need to get completely up in arms about it.

Here's the truth behind five myths about bathroom mold.

1. Any mold is extremely dangerous
Many times you'll hear people say that you should take care of the mold immediately because it can make you sick and, in some cases, result in death. These warnings aren't entirely wrong, but they're certainly off-kilter. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the term "toxic mold" isn't correct. The source pointed out that some molds are toxigenic, or hazardous - however, others aren't.

2. It's common to get sick from mold
If you simultaneously have the sniffles and some mold in your bathroom, the two aren't necessarily related to one another. The CDC explained that there are very few reports of toxigenics in household molds. Further, a link between mold and those previous ailments has yet to be proven. 

3. A moldy home is a dirty home
Mold is not an indicator of cleanliness, even if you hate the way it looks. The CDC confirmed that mold is caused by moisture, which means it can crop up just about anywhere - even in the most immaculate homes. 

4. Mold and mildew aren't synonyms
HGTV produced an in-depth piece explaining the differences between mold and mildew. First and foremost, it's important to note that the two words aren't interchangeable. In terms of physical appearance, mold is usually black or green and it typically spreads out over a larger space, when compared with mildew, which is typically gray or white. 

5. You can see it a mile away
Although mold and mildew are often an eyesore, there are instances where it's hard to see them despite their existence. HGTV suggested that even if you can't see or smell mold, but you have a hunch that it's lurking in your basement or attic, pick up home testing kit. 

The information in these articles is intended to provide guidance on the proper maintenance and care of systems and appliances in the home. Not all of the topics mentioned are covered by our home warranty or maintenance plans. Please review your home warranty contract carefully to understand your coverage.