Some homeowners use the terms mold and mildew interchangeably, but they are not the same thing! At Environmental Consulting and Contracting Group, we work with numerous customers every day who aren’t sure what is growing in their home and just want it gone! If you are ready to step up your mold prevention game, here is what you need to know about the main differences between mold and mildew.
You can think of mildew as mold’s less severe and less intimidating relative! Mildew is a type of fungi, just like mold, but it does less harm and has fewer hazardous effects. Mildew is often found in damp areas, and it is either gray-white or brown. It’s often completely flat and appears to be powdery to the touch. Mildew lives on the surface of materials like bathroom tile and toilets and will not sink into the object itself. What should you do if you spot mildew in your home? Take the time to clean it up and scrub it away with any cleaning product, like bleach, vinegar, or a store bought cleaner designed for tackling mold.
Mold is much more worrisome than mildew because the health effects are much more serious. Mold often carries a pungent, musty smell along with it and it can be hard to spot if you don’t know what you should be looking for. Mold looks fuzzy to the touch and is usually darker in color than mildew. With this, mold can look like just about any color in the rainbow including vibrant red shades and deep greens. Since mold can look like mildew or dirt, many people ignore mold patches until they have started to grow out of control. If you see a single patch of mold, you can assume that there is more mold hiding somewhere else that isn’t as easy to spot.
Eliminate Black Mold Today with Environmental Consulting and Contracting Group
If you are concerned about moisture and the potential for mold growth in your home, call the professionals at Environmental Consulting and Contracting Group for any and all of your black mold questions. We have over 30 years combined experience in professional mold remediation and mold cleanup, so please rest assured that if there is a problem we will be able to tackle it. We offer our valued customers a lifetime guarantee against the return of mold growth because we are so confident in our work. Give us a call at 1-877-591-MOLD or visit us online for more information. To learn more ways to combat mold growth in your home, follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Google+.