What Is Black Mold?

Many of our community members in Mankato, Owatonna, and Waseca have asked us about "black mold" and "toxic mold." They want to know what it is and if it is as dangerous as these sensational news reports claim. Hearing these reports and what your friends and family have heard about black mold can be alarming and confusing. Getting the facts to understand mold is beneficial to you and those around you that are concerned about black mold. The type of mold often called black mold is stachybotrys chartarum. It does produce allergens and irritants, but so do many other types of mold. Whether the mold in your home appears to be "black mold" or any other kind of mold, it should be handled with caution. Stay out of affected areas and don't touch or disturb the mold, no matter what kind it appears to be.

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 Mankato / Owatonna immediately. 

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (507) 200-3700

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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SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here too and are proud to be part of this community. We are also part of a national network of over 1,600 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large scale disasters.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

  • Mankato
  • Owatonna
  • Waseca
  • Eagle Lake
  • Mapleton
  • New Richland
  • Ellendale
  • Amboy
  • Pemberton