Can A HEPA Vacuum Help With Mold?

Can a HEPA vacuum help with mold? A HEPA vacuum system is the best thing you can do to rid your home of allergens. "Yes, absolutely." says Kevin Bristol, President of Advance Mold Remediation. Mold will...

"Yes, absolutely." says Kevin Bristol, President of Advance Mold Remediation. Mold will grow on anything indoors or out of doors, like wood, carpet, paper, plaster walls, fabric and even cement. According to Bristol you will find mold wherever you have the type of bacteria or microorganism that thrives on moisture. Mold reproduces by spores that can float through the air and wherever they land they begin to grow, produce and decompose the object. Small amounts of mold or mildew in the bathroom or kitchen are normal and can be cleaned by wiping it down with a solution of bleach and water. Mold becomes a problem when it starts thriving in our homes and decomposing the structure or causing health issues, this is when the homeowner must take action to keep the environment clean.

Some molds in the home can cause severe health problems such as asthma, headaches, dizziness, learning disabilities, flu like symptoms and severe breathing problems. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, "some people are sensitive to molds. For these people, exposure to molds can cause symptoms such as nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, or skin irritation. Some people, such as those with serious allergies to molds, may have more severe reactions. Severe reactions may occur among workers exposed to large amounts of molds in occupational settings, such as farmers working around moldy hay. Severe reactions may include fever and shortness of breath. Some people with chronic lung illnesses, such as obstructive lung disease, may develop mold infections in their lungs."

The odors let off in the air by mold are called Microbial Volatile Organic Compounds or VOC's. Mycotoxin is the term used when the VOC's are toxic. Most household molds are non-toxic. According to Bristol the toxins let off while removing a severe mold problem, especially black mold, can be toxic if you breathe them in. Most mold problems in the home can be cleaned up easily on your own, but if the area that is moldy is out of reach or larger than a 10 foot area it is best to call a professional.

Prevention is your best bet in controlling mold. According to Bristol, vacuuming with a HEPA vacuum "is the best thing... because you are trapping 99.97% of all molds, spores, and bacteria" in the HEPA filter canister. HEPA stands for high efficiency particulate air filter and vacuums with these filters are very effective at trapping dirt and microscopic airborne particles. As a matter of fact, Bristol's companies, and most professional mold removal companies, use expensive commercial HEPA vacuums to clean the surface and air in their client's buildings. Bristol believes that there are plenty of quality HEPA vacuums on the market that are effective for the consumer. His pick was the Hoover HEPA vacuum. And he says you should expect to pay, "about $300.00 for a good vacuum". Vacuuming, "a minimum of once a week", especially if you have allergies can reduce mold growth in your home according to Bristol.

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