What Is Black Mold?

It's at times easy to forget, but a mold damage event is simply a water damage event plus time. 

Because of the constant humidity in Florida, the around-the-clock use of AC units and the constant threat of storms, mold damage is a common occurrence. But, what about Black Mold?

Black Mold, also commonly referred to as Toxic Mold, gets a lot of press, and there is a lot of sensational news that makes its rounds. The technical name for Black Mold is Stachybotrys Chartarum, it produces allergens and irritants and should be taken seriously —  stay out of affected areas and do not touch or disturb. The right response is caution, identification (to confirm the type of mold it actually is) and action. 

Learn more about mold and what to do with our Mold Damage Tips

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 Miami Lakes 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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