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What is Black Mold?

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What is Black Mold? mold damage

Black mold, or stachybotrys chartarum, as it is known to scientists, can cause health problems to the occupants of a home or business. In this article, we’re going to take a high-level scan of what these symptoms are, how black mold works, and what can be done in order to prevent it from growing in your home or building.

What are the Symptoms of Black Mold?

Some of the most common symptoms of black mold include coughing, sneezing, irritations to the eyes, nose, and throat, headaches, and fatigue. As if these symptoms weren’t bad enough sometimes they also include nausea. In the event of prolonged exposure these symptoms can worsen to include vomiting, and internal bleeding, and bleeding from the nose.

How Does Black Mold Grow?

Black mold, like all mold, grows in an environment that is high in moisture and low in air content. Actually, it is the nitrogen in the air that needs to be low, however, since nitrogen makes up 78% of the air we breathe, we can deduce that if there is not much air, but enough water content in a particular environment, mold will grow.

How Can We Prevent Mold Growth?

Mold grows almost everywhere in the world, so we cannot get rid of it entirely. However, it doesn’t cause any problems until it starts to grow excessively. That’s when colonies start to form. This usually happens as a result of water damage in your home or business. If you have had some type of water damage such as a toilet overflow or leaky sink there are preventative measures that should be taken. First you should make sure that the affected area has been dried thoroughly. Remember, many types of carpet will need to be removed in order to be dried because if the water has been trapped underneath your floor or carpet you will likely have mold growth.

After drying the water damaged area a quick cleaning of the area with soap and water, or a bleach solution will help kill any potential mold growth in the area. Also, use a dehumidifier once you have finished cleaning the area.

SERVPRO® of Panhandle is a leader in mold remediation. If you have mold and need help contact us today, we’re always here to help!

Mold Remediation in Martinsburg, WV

5/1/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation in Martinsburg, WV Mold Remediation in West Virginia

Mold is a real problem for many families in West Virginia. It can produce irritation and allergic reactions to people in the household, which can be very serious. Mold thrives in humid environment, and as we all know, the summer months are very humid in Martinsburg, and the rest of the Panhandle region.

What is mold?

Mold is a microscopic particle that exist almost everywhere, outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to completely remove all mold from a home or business. However, it doesn’t necessarily need to be removed, nor does it become a problem until the humidity – or moisture level – increases. That’s when the mold begins to thrive in number, and starts to form colonies.

That's also when these colonies begin to cause problems for people, especially in children and people with compromised immune systems. Even if you don't feel the effects of mole, there's the strong odor it produces. If you’ve ever smelled it before you don't want that experience again. If that smell is in your home, where you and your family expect to be comfortable, and to be able to relax you'l want to take care of it right away.

What can be done about it?

For this reason it is important to monitor the humidity level in your home, especially in Northern Virginia, where the humidity is present year-round, and the summer months can produce conditions in the environment that are favorable for mold growth. 

Generally, you want to keep the humidity level below 49%. When it is above this level that’s when these mold particles start to thrive and form colonies, producing the odor and causing allergic reactions in many people.

Mold Inspection and Remediation

SERVPRO of Panhandle can inspect your home for mold, identify the cause, and completely removes it without a trace. Give us a call for more information on our mold removal process today!