What Is Black Mold?

Often, we see on the news warnings about the dangers of “black mold”, otherwise known as “toxic mold”. While it is true that black mold is typically our worst nightmare when it comes to being found in our homes; if it is found it does need to be dealt with as soon as possible by the trained professionals here at SERVPRO of Barrington/ North Schaumburg.

Black mold is a fungus called Stachybotrys chartarum. Like most mold, it is a living creature that thrives where there is high moisture, warm climate, and poor ventilation. Therefore, you will often find black mold in places like attics, crawl spaces, and bathrooms. However, toxic black mold can grow anywhere in homes and buildings. Stachybotrys chartarum does produce allergens and irritants, however many types of mold can produce these as well. Therefore, you should treat any kind of mold with caution. Mold spreads through spores, so if you find do find mold in your home, make sure you do stay out of the affected areas and do not touch or disturb it- then call your local mold remediation specialists at SERVPRO of Barrington/ North Schaumburg. Our highly trained and experienced technicians can return your home or business to its pre-mold condition.

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 Barrington / North Schaumburg 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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