What Is Black Mold?

Infamous and notorious, those are not exactly words of high-praise, but they are true of Black Mold. Black Mold is a headliner, perhaps you've seen the sensational news reports, "dangerous black mold" or the more ominous, "toxic mold."

Alarm! Confusion! Fear!

Black mold's technical name is Stachybotrys chartarum, it's greenish-black in form and it does produce allergens and irritants. It grows on material with a high cellulose content, such as fiberboard, gypsum board, and paper. Black mold grows in moist environments, places where there is water damage, leaks, condensation and other types of water infiltrations. A regular source of moisture is required for its growth.

Not all dark molds are the infamous stachybotrys chartarum, which only more greatly makes the point, you need a reputable company like SERVPRO of Cranston on your side. 

Learn more about mold by visiting our Mold Damage Tips page. 

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 Cranston immediately. 

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (800) 734-0602

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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