What Is Black Mold?
Let's start with mold safety... DO NOT disturb mold spores or they will spread throughout your home and can cause health effects. Mold spores are airborne, meaning they will spread with the slightest movement of air. There are several types of mold commonly found in homes, one of which is extremely toxic and can cause health effects to you, your family and even your pets. Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called black mold, and it is the most dangerous mold currently found in homes. However, many types of mold are commonly found in homes and businesses, usually appearing 24 - 96 hours after water damage has occurred. Treat any mold with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold. See our Mold Damage Tips to ensure you are handling your mold safely.
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 North Calhoun County immediately.
If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (269) 963-3033
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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- Battle Creek
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- Brownlee Park
- Harper Creek
- Walnut Point
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