What Is Black Mold?
SERVPRO of Bartow County understands the concerns and misconceptions surrounding "black mold." Black mold is often referred to as Stachybotrys chartarum, a type of mold that can appear dark green or black in color. It has gained notoriety due to sensationalized media reports about its potential health effects. However, it's essential to note that the color of mold does not necessarily indicate its toxicity. Like many other types of mold, Stachybotrys chartarum produces allergens and irritants. However, not all strains of black-colored molds are toxic, and other colors of mold can also pose risks to your property.
Mold spores are present virtually everywhere, both indoors and outdoors, and can enter your property through various means, such as open doors, windows, or HVAC systems. Black mold tends to grow in damp and humid environments, typically where there has been water damage or prolonged moisture exposure.
At SERVPRO of Bartow County, we treat all mold infestations with the same level of caution and care, regardless of the color or type. Our mold remediation experts are trained to assess the extent of the mold damage, safely contain the affected areas, and implement effective remediation methods to restore a healthy indoor environment for our valued clients. If you suspect mold growth in your property, it's best to seek professional assistance to address the issue promptly and efficiently.
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 Bartow County immediately.
If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (770) 387-7455
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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- Barnsley Resort
- Red Top Mt. State Park