What Is Black Mold?

Miami Mold of Many Colors Including Black

Mold colonies, composed of multi-cellular filaments called hyphae, take as little as 48-hours to develop under the right conditions. Dormant mold spores, omnipresent in nature, including the interior of our Miami home, are generally not a threat to the well-being of your family.

So, what is the story about Black Mold?

We look at Black Mold as an almost non-story. The Latin scientific name is Stachybotrys chartarum, just one of many thousands of species that can visit us while on vacation or working in our beautiful Miami area. The color has no bearing on its potency or risks to humans, pets, plants, and structures.

SERVPRO Avoids Scare Tactics and Hyperbole

• We emphasize that Black Mold is just that, a fungus
• These organisms can cause health effects
• The physical appearance of mold on substrates -- no testing generally needed
• Qualified Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) can restore a safe environment to a household

Our best advice that we can offer to our neighbors is this--if you suspect, see, or smell mold--whether it is black, green, red, or any color of the rainbow, avoid the area and call us to evaluate the situation. Our goal is to give you peace of mind; there is never a need to frighten individuals. We have a culture of professionalism and always serving our customers in their best interests.

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 South Miami immediately. 

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (305) 269-8900

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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