What Is Black Mold?

SERVPRO of Scarsdale / Mount Vernon - What is Black Mold?

We are fearful of the unknown. Mold can be confusing and at SERVPRO of Scarsdale / Mount Vernon we want to assist our community to learn what black mold is so that we can better understand it. The scientific name of black mold is stachybotrys chartarum. According to the CDC, the color of mold is not an indicator of the danger associated with that mold. As mold is always present, it is the growth after water damage that we at SERVPRO of Scarsdale / Mount Vernon are able to assist with. The professional drying of moisture after flooding, leaking etc. occurs is what will prevent the growth of black mold. 

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 Scarsdale / Mount Vernon immediately. 

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (914) 699-5181

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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