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What is Black Mold?

12/23/2020 (Permalink)

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What is Black Mold?

When we hear the words "black mold", we think of only one type of dangerous mold. But is there really such a thing as black mold? And, is that the only mold which is dangerous for your health?

Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called “black mold” or “toxic mold”. Sensational news reports warn about the dangers of black mold and these stories can be alarming and confusing. Any mold in your home should be treated with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.

Toxic black mold is a greenish-black gelatinous mold. It is usually slimy because of a wet layer on the top. However, if a toxic black mold colony's water source runs out it can appear dry and powdery.

There are several molds that look similar to toxic black mold. If you find what you think might be Stachybotrys the only way you can tell for sure is to have a mold expert look at a sample under a microscope.

If you suspect you have mold, call SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford at (914) 358-9000.

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