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Servpro Santa Maria releases report on dangers of black mold 

santa-maria-water-damageBlack mold is a common, but toxic, problem

Servpro Santa Maria water damage restoration specialists have released a report this week regarding the dangers of what is commonly known as black mold. To view the report, read below or click here.

Black mold’s scientific name is Stachybotrys chartarum, or Stachybotrys atra is the strain of mold that is commonly recognized as “black mold.” This strain is particularly harmful to humans as it produces what are called mytotoxins into the air. This type of mold is also very common in houses, and can cause a whole host of problems.

Health problems caused by black mold:

  • Respiratory issues
  • Skin problems
  • Mucous membrane irritation
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Nausea
  • Hemorrhaging
  • Internal organ damage
  • Mental impairment
  • Neurological disorders
  • Exhaustion
  • Immune system suppression

There are, however, other types of mold that are also black. Stachybotrys chartarum has a slimy appearance and can vary in color from grey to greenish. This strain of mold feeds on cellulose, and drywall is one of its favorite environments. Black mold will grow behind the drywall, leaving visible patches of white on the wall. Also look for signs of mold in wooden paneling and carpeting.

The only way to know for sure if the mold in question is indeed Stachybotrys chartarum is to hire a mold-removal specialist such as Servpro Santa Maria water damage restoration specialists.

Mold removal

The removal of black mold should not be a “diy” project. When removing colonies of black mold, massive amounts of toxic spores will be released into the air, dramatically increasing exposure. Only trained water and mold damage restoration experts should attempt a removal of any size colony of what is believed to be black mold, as they will take the necessary steps to avoid exposure and return the home to a healthy state.

Once the colonies are removed, it is important to take preventative measures to prevent future colonies. Washing bathroom walls with a bleach solution, making sure that moist areas have proper ventilation, and checking for early signs of mold will help prevent future problems.

About Servpro Water Damage Restoration Specialists

Servpro Santa Maria water damage restoration specialists also help to restore structures with damage caused by water, fire and other disasters. Their motto is, “like it never happened.”

Call today at (805) 922-5457, or visit their website at They are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Servpro of Santa Maria
4161 Lockford St.
Santa Maria, CA 93455
(805) 922-5457.

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