What Is Black Mold?

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Is black mold dangerous? While many sensationalized news reports warn about the dangers of "toxic mold," they are alarming and often contain misinformation. While mold can be a concern, it is best to have the facts.

Stachybotrys chartarum is the mold species that is most commonly referred to as black mold, and it does produce allergens and irritants. S. chartarum is not unique in this regard; there are over many species of mold that can be both black and produce allergens. Regardless, there are no known species that are considered toxic.

You should treat any mold with caution—stay out of affected areas and don't touch or disturb the mold. If you do discover mold growth in your home, you can learn more about what you should do by visiting Mold Damage Tips.

Learn more about mold and what to do until help arrives by visiting Mold Damage Tips

How Do I Tell If It’s Black Mold?

Since many types of mold can cause reactions, you should contact us regardless of the color or type of mold. In many instances, multiple types of mold may exist in the same house or structure. If you suspect you have a mold problem, contact SERVPRO of Iredell County immediately. 

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Understanding Mold

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

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