Mold Mania! 10 Crazy Facts You Never Knew About Mold
1. Black mold, (scientific name stachybotrys), is only one species of over 10,000 different species of mold
2. Bleach does not work on mold. It may kill mold growth, but not airborne mold spores.
If you use bleach, do not assume the mold has been entirely removed from your home.
3. Dead mold spores are just as harmful to humans (manifesting in the lungs) as live mold spores
4. The archaeologists that discovered King Tut’s tomb in Egypt likely died from dead aspergillus mold spores that sat dormant for centuries. One death was believed to be part of the tomb’s “curse” because it occurred within months of exposure to the tomb.
5. Mold will not decompose a happy meal.
6. The T-2 mycotoxin is composed of three different species of mold, (including black mold), which combined are so toxic it has been used as a biological war agent. In its aerosol form it is known as “yellow rain,” which was used heavily during the Vietnam war.
7. The largest settlement to any individual claiming property or health damage involving mold was awarded to actor and Johnny Carson sidekick on the Tonight Show, Ed McMahon for $7.2 million.
8. Everything is bigger in Texas. Turns out the number one city in the U.S. for mold allergies is Dallas, Texas.
9. Texas is also the home to the most publicized mold case on record. Melinda Ballard sued her home insurance company over mold damages and was initially awarded $32 million! (Later this amount was reduced to $4 million).
10. The states you are least likely to find mold are Wisconsin, West Virginia, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Alabama. It is not that these states are less humid or experience less rain, but rather their home construction is built tight, improving energy efficiency which protects against mold growth.
Climate actually has little to do with indoor mold growth; it usually comes down to building practices and construction
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