What Is Black Mold?

Is Black Mold Really Black?

If you come across blackish looking mold in your Kansas City home, there is a chance it could be "Black Mold." The Latin official name for this organism is Stachybotrys chartarum; if you can pronounce that, you already know more about it than most.

There are many thousands of mold species known, and the list only grows longer with each passing year. Black Mold is one of about a dozen that is commonly found within structural environments. The colors vary and do not hint at levels of toxicity or health effects. Most are harmless, posing no threats to people.

Should I Believe What I Read About Black Mold?

We suggest the saying about the internet--"I read it there, so it must be true," is of course often fallacious. There is no need to panic or feel uncomfortable upon discovering a mold stain in your Kansas City bathroom or basement. Speak to a reparable firm about your concerns.

Our Advice to You

• Call us for a free visual inspection of your home
• Visible mold can be sent for testing
• Air samples can also be sent to a third-party laboratory for spore identification and volume
• That is a personal decision, though we find little merit in testing. If you see mold, you have mold. Remediation is the answer.
• Store-bought testing kits are not a good idea, they are inaccurate, and the treatments remain the same
• Call us first!

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 Olathe / Lenexa and SERVPRO of Blue Valley immediately. 

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (913) 782-4693

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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