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A Word About Black Mold

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

A photo of black mold growth from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

You’ve likely heard of black mold or, as some call it, “toxic mold.” The information about this fungus can be confusing and downright alarming, depending on what, exactly, you’ve heard.

According to the CDC, the term “toxic mold” is incorrect. The black mold, scientifically known as Stachybotrys chartarum, is not actually poisonous.

The CDC says there IS evidence, however, that black mold can cause “hay fever-like allergic symptoms” like coughing and wheezing. Studies show the people most at risk of having reactions are those with chronic respiratory diseases like asthma.

The mold will grow in wet environments. So, it can show up after flooding, water leaks, even severe humidity. It usually brings with it a musty smell.

And that is where the SERVPRO team comes in. We are trained and fully equipped to tackle black mold, or any mold variety you might be having trouble with in the Green Bay area.

After you’ve contacted us to do mold remediation at your home or business, there are a few things you need to do (or not do!)

  • Stay out of the mold affected areas.
  • Turn off HVAC system and fans.
  • Do NOT touch the mold.
  • Do NOT blow air across the moldy surfaces.
  • Do NOT try to dry the moldy surfaces yourself.
  • Do NOT try to clean up the moldy areas with bleach or disinfectants.

Our team is fully trained to use special techniques and equipment to handle the mold growth safely.

We will first inspect your property for any signs of the fungus, keeping in mind that it can grow underneath carpeting and behind walls.

Once we’ve identified where all the mold is, we will work to contain it to the contaminated areas. That means using negative air chambers to prevent the mold spores from spreading. We’ll also perform air filtration using “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums.

We will then administer anti-fungal and anti-microbial treatments on affected areas. This may require going so far as to tear out any affected materials like drywall and carpeting.

We can also clean and disinfect any salvageable personal items like furniture, clothing and curtains and remove any remaining odors from the mold using fogging equipment.

Finally, If SERVPRO did have to remove any structural materials like walls or flooring, we are equipped to provide reconstruction services to complete the job. We want to leave your property looking its very best.

It’s important to remember: significant mold growth can occur over as little as 24 to 72 hours. So, if you suspect you have a problem, call us at SERVPRO of West Brown County as soon as possible. You can reach us as 920-434-8224, 24 hours a day.

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