What Is Black Mold?

We always see the warnings about the dangers of “black mold” or “toxic mold”. They can alarming and confusing so it’s beneficial to get the facts to better understand mold. Black mold, also known as Stachybotrys chartarum, is a type of mold that produces allergens, irritants, and other health issues. Treat any mold with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold. In severe cases of prolonged exposure, black mold health effects can be more dangerous so it is very important to call a professional if you discover mold in your home or business. 

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 Chattanooga 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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