What Is Black Mold?

You've likely come across alarming news reports warning about the dangers of “black mold” or “toxic mold.” These reports can be both frightening and confusing. To navigate this topic with clarity, it's important to understand the facts about mold.

Stachybotrys chartarum, often referred to as black mold, is known for producing allergens and irritants. However, it’s crucial to note that many types of mold have the potential to produce similar allergens and irritants. Therefore, it’s essential to treat all mold with caution, not just black mold.

When you encounter mold, it’s best to stay out of the affected areas to avoid exposure. Additionally, refrain from touching or disturbing the mold, as this can spread the spores further.

Understanding these basics can help you make informed decisions and avoid unnecessary panic when dealing with mold. Always prioritize safety by seeking professional help for mold remediation to ensure it is handled properly and efficiently.


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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 Natick, Milford 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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