What Is Black Mold?

What is black mold? News reports often warn us about the dangers of "toxic mold" or "black mold." But what is it? It is important to understand the facts in order to better understand mold. Stachybotrys Chartarum is a type of mold that often gets called "black mold." This type of mold, like many others, produces harmful irritants and allergens that can cause serious health effects. If you think you might have a mold problem, don't hesitate and give SERVPRO of Arlington Heights/Prospect Heights a call!

Review our Mold Damage Tips to learn what you can do until help arrives. 

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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 Arlington Heights / Prospect Heights 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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