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Mold & Mildew: What's the Difference?

What Is Mold?

What Is Mold?

Mold tends to grow on food, inside walls, and on other permanent structures. Most people recognize the fuzzy, usually white, blue, or green mold that grows on a loaf of bread that’s over a week old, but there is another type as well. The second type of mold that may grow in your home looks slimy, and it is more commonly found on bathroom ceiling/walls or in other rooms that have high humidity. Mold can be found in many other colors as well, including red, brown, and black.

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What Is Mildew?

What Is Mildew?

Mildew is often found in showers, or on paper and fabrics. In contrast to mold, mildew generally has a powdery or downy appearance and is white or gray in color. It can eventually turn yellow or brown if it is not removed. Mildew greatly affects crops and plants, but it can also appear in your home. If it is left to grow for a long period of time, it can turn into a more moldy-looking growth.

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Health Risk of Mold & Mildew

Health Risk of Mold & Mildew

Both mold and mildew have the potential to cause problems, but a mold inspection and mold remediation will eliminate both of these fungi from your home. These fungi may cause similar symptoms in people who are sensitive towards them, including respiratory issues and headaches. Mold can also cause skin and eye irritations, nasal congestion, fever, and possibly a mold infection of the lungs if the mold is allowed to grow out of control.

Mold & Mildew Prevention

Mold & Mildew Prevention

Preventative measures are the best defense against mold and mildew, so keep the humidity low in your house and address water leaks immediately. In terms of cleaning the two, it depends on the severity and location of the growth. Mildew on hard surfaces, such as in the bathroom, can be scrubbed off with a mildew remover and some paper towels. You may be able to complete a mold removal yourself, using general household cleaner, but if there is too much of it, hiring professionals could be worth the time and mold removal cost.