What Is Black Mold?

The terms "black mold" or "toxic mold" are likely something you have likely heard of or maybe have heard alarming reports about. When people refer to "black mold" they often are referring to Stachybotrys chartarum, which is a greenish-black mold that most commonly grows on surfaces such as paper, wood, and drywall. It grows as a result of constant moisture and warmth, meaning Central Arkansas is a perfect location for it to grow. This strand of mold can be toxic and can produce irritants and allergens, though it is not the only type of mold to do this. Treat any mold you discover with caution -- stay out of the affected areas and do not touch or disturb it. 

For more information on the health effects of Stachybotrys chartarum visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention webpage

Learn more about mold and what to do until help arrives by visiting 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 Saline County and SERVPRO of Hot Springs 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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