What Is Black Mold?

Black mold, scientifically known as Stachybotrys chartarum, is a type of fungus characterized by its dark greenish-black color and slimy texture. It thrives in damp, warm environments and often grows on materials rich in cellulose, such as wood, paper, and drywall. This mold is notorious for its potential health hazards, as it can produce mycotoxins that may cause respiratory problems, skin irritation, allergic reactions, and in severe cases, more serious health issues.

Exposure to black mold typically occurs through inhalation of spores or direct contact with contaminated surfaces. Individuals with compromised immune systems, allergies, or asthma are particularly vulnerable to its adverse effects. Prevention involves maintaining proper indoor ventilation, controlling humidity levels, promptly addressing water leaks or moisture buildup, and regularly inspecting and maintaining the building's structure.

Removal of black mold is essential to mitigate health risks. This process involves careful containment and safe removal of affected materials, followed by thorough cleaning and disinfection. Professional assistance is often necessary to ensure the proper handling and disposal of contaminated materials, ensuring a safe and mold-free environment for inhabitants. Timely intervention and proactive measures can prevent the growth and spread of black mold, safeguarding both the structural integrity of buildings and the well-being of individuals.

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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 East San Antonio 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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