The words black mold can send a chill straight into any homeowner’s heart, but the key is not to panic. First, STOP Restoration will help you understand what black mold is, as well as how to prevent the future growth of black mold. Finally, we can help you handle what to do if you do have a problem with black mold in your home. STOP Restoration’s team of professional can address any questions or concerns you may have about black mold, too.

What is black mold

According to the CDC, black mold or Stachybotrys chartarum (also known by its synonym Stachybotrys atra) grows where there is moisture from water damage, excessive humidity, water leaks, condensation, water infiltration or flooding. You may have heard of black mold being described as toxic mold. Again, the CDC says that “While certain molds are toxigenic, meaning they can produce toxins (specifically mycotoxins), the molds themselves are not toxic, or poisonous.”

That is not to say that mold of any type growing in your home isn’t a hazard. But mold is present everywhere in our lives, from in the air to on many surfaces. Mold spores can enter your home through open windows or doors, as well as through outdoor air intakes. They can even attach themselves to people and animals. The issue arises when these mold spores find a surface that encourages their growth, such as any wet cellulose material. Cellulose is found in ceiling tiles, wood products, paints, wallpaper, insulation materials, drywall, carpet, fabric and upholstery.

How to prevent black mold

Mold of any kind, but especially black mold, thrives in moisture-rich environments. That is why the three most common spaces in your home where you find this invader are your basement, crawlspaces and showers.

Begin by inspecting your home for any excess moisture or leaks, particularly in the three common areas. If leaks are found, consulting a professional such as STOP Restoration is the best and safest way to rid your home of black mold.

Once any black mold issues are resolved, you can ward off further issues by placing a dehumidifier in the susceptible areas to prevent or slow the return of the black mold.

Check out STOP Restoration’s FAQ’s about black mold to learn more.

What to do if you have black mold

The STOP Restoration process for dealing with black mold in a home involves three steps: containment of the black mold, the reduction or elimination of moisture sources that are causing the black mold and, finally, the removal of all visible mold and of any contaminated materials.

The reason why it is important to hire a professional such as STOP Restoration to handle any black mold issues in your home is to ensure the safety and health of your family.