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What is Black Mold?

9/18/2022 (Permalink)

Within this blog you will find numerous suggestions and informative facts relating to what we call “Black Mold”. By definition, Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often known as “black mold” or “toxic mold”. Sensational news reports warn about the dangers of black mold and these stories can be alarming and confusing. Any mold in your home should be treated with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.

How to Know it’s Mold?

Since many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should contact a qualified mold remediation company regardless of the color or type of mold. In many instances, multiple types of mold can exist in the same house or structure. If you suspect that you have a mold problem, contact SERVPRO of Ames for emergency mold remediation services at the earliest time in order to ensure efficiency in stopping the spread of spores.

Additional Knowledge About Mold

When water intrudes into your property, invasive 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 they also 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 at a rapid rate when exposed to water. These colonies may produce toxins that are harmful to not only humans, but pets as well.
  • 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.

If you or someone you know runs into trouble with mold, and needs emergency services, contact SERVPRO of Ames at (515) 233-4544 for professional inspections and readings. SERVPRO of Ames provides services for both residential and commercial properties, 24/7. 

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