Some people turn to bleach to kill mold, but bleach doesn’t kill the mold roots growing inside porous materials like drywall and wood. The water content in bleach actually FEEDS the mold.  Fumes from bleach pollute the air and are harmful to people and pets. Chlorine bleach generates a byproduct called dioxin, which is linked to cancer. Use over time builds up these pollutants in the home.

The Charleston area is a mecca for mold, according to Joe Lange, of Green Home Solutions of Charleston. “It is estimated that approximately 50 percent of Charleston-area homes have some form of mold, and 80 percent of that mold is invisible to the eye.” Green Home Solutions offers an eco-friendly way to eliminate mold and restore air quality without the use of toxic chemicals.

Since there are more than 1,000 different types of mold, Green Home Solutions starts with a mold inspection, followed by independent lab testing. If intervention is needed, they apply a mist of an EPA-approved, plant-based enzyme mixture. It eliminates both the visible mold and the mold spores that are not visible. Since it is safe for people and pets and most surfaces, there is minimal disruption to the home and family. The process can be completed in as little as 24 hours. There is rarely need for demolition, which makes it more affordable than traditional mold-remediation approaches.

Given that mold does not appear without moisture, Green Home Solutions works to identify where the moisture is coming from. Lange and his partner bring 25 years of commercial and residential building experience to use in determining the source of moisture. Crawl spaces are often a source of moisture and mold issues. It is important to keep humidity to approximately 50 percent or below to prevent mold growth. Green Home Solutions offers comprehensive services to help with that, including crawl space encapsulation, vapor barrier installation, and basement sealing.

 For more information, call 843-608-1425 or visit ghsCharleston.com. 

The Eco-friendly Approach to Mold Removal and Improving Indoor Air Quality   
by Toni Conover, Publisher

Our health is affected by more than food and water, exercise, sleep and stress. The air we breathe also has a profound effect on our well-being.

Indoor pollutants include biological contaminants, such as mold and mildews, which release disease-causing toxins. Inhalation of these toxins can lead to a variety of health issues, including hay fever-type symptoms, breathing difficulty, headaches, lethargy, fever and digestive problems. In addition, immuno-suppressed individuals and those with lung disease are at increased risk for infection from molds.