What Is Black Mold?

Concerns about "black mold" and "toxic mold" in our Mankato, Owatonna, and Waseca communities have been frequently raised by our residents. The inquiries stem from a desire to understand the nature of these molds and assess the validity of the potentially alarming reports circulating in the news and discussions among friends and family. Sorting through the information and distinguishing facts from sensationalism is crucial for those genuinely concerned about black mold.

The mold often referred to as "black mold" is scientifically identified as Stachybotrys chartarum. While it does produce allergens and irritants, it's essential to recognize that many other types of mold share similar characteristics. Whether it's identified as "black mold" or any other mold variant, caution is paramount in handling it. It's advisable to avoid entering affected areas and refrain from touching or disturbing the mold, irrespective of its specific type. Obtaining accurate information about mold and taking precautions ensures the safety of you and those around you who share concerns about potential mold exposure.




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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 Mankato / Owatonna 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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