Black Mold in the Shower
When you’re taking a shower, the last thing you want to see is the detestable substance that you fear to be mold. Mold, which grows and thrives in damp or humid environments, is not uncommon in bathrooms. There are many different types of mold, but perhaps the most feared and dreaded variety is the infamous black mold. Oftentimes, it’s stated that black mold causes health effects, which has made it synonymous with the name “toxic mold”. But, is black mold really as alarming as it’s often depicted? And, either way, what should you do if you discover black mold in your shower?
What is Black Mold?
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Black mold, or “Stachybotrys chartarum”, is a variety of mold that is often dark green or black in color. It also releases mycotoxins, which are toxic substances believed to pose effects to health. However, it has not yet been proven that inhaling mold spores directly causes these effects, according to Medical News Today. Many varieties of mold do, however, cause allergies and irritations. Therefore, if you spot black mold or mold of any kind in your shower, it is important to eliminate it as soon as possible in order to limit its health hazards to those living in your home. In order to keep those living in your home safe, don’t attempt to clean or remove the mold on your own, as handling mold is dangerous and requires specialized equipment. Instead, call SERVPRO of Hunt Valley and Harford County at (410) 229-0012 immediately for our professional black mold removal and mold remediation services.
Black Mold Infestation in Your Shower
Where does black mold grow? Just like other types of mold, black mold grows in areas with excessive moisture or humidity, making the shower a prime location. You can usually spot black mold in your shower by its black or dark green color and slimy texture. At first sight, you may wonder if there is a treatment for black mold or anything that you can do to prevent the mold growth and its effects. However, it is best to leave the mold alone, as attempting to touch it in any way may facilitate the spread. Upon discovering mold growth that resembles black mold, give us a call.
Preventing Black Mold
There are also several steps that you can take to prevent the growth of black mold in your shower. First, limit the amount of moisture and humidity in your shower by making sure that your bathroom is properly ventilated. This can be achieved by keeping a fan on or window open for the duration of your shower. You can also hinder the accumulation of moisture by drying damp areas or using a squeegee after taking a shower. Lastly, should you discover any broken pipes or leaks in your bathroom or shower, be sure to have them fixed as quickly as possible to avoid mold growth.
Call SERVPRO Today for Professional Mold Remediation
Here at SERVPRO, we know from experience just how quickly a minor mold problem can turn into a dangerous mold infestation. That’s why we’re committed to arriving on the scene immediately, prepared to begin the mold remediation process. With our comprehensive training in water and mold remediation, as well as our advanced mold remediation equipment, we can take on any type of mold problem. By picking up the phone and calling SERVPRO of Hunt Valley and Harford County upon first notice of mold growth in your shower, you can protect your home from further mold damage. Check out these articles on our website, Overview of Mold Services and Mold Restoration Process, to learn more about the wide array of mold services that we offer.