Mold and mildew are often talked about together, and it’s easy to think that they are one and the same substance. We talk about the growth of mold and mildew in homes, how harmful it is, how to recognize the signs of this growth, and what to do when it is spotted. And while it can be confusing at times, there are, in fact, some differences between mold and mildew. Knowing the differences can help you recognize when you may have a problem and give you the info you need to call in a professional restoration company like North Arundel Contracting before the problem becomes too serious.
First, it’s helpful to talk about the similarities between mold and mildew because this is the primary reason why they are spoken of together. Mold and mildew are both fungal in nature, and they grow as a direct result of excessive moisture within a confined area. Mold and mildew can grow in a wide range of temperatures, too, with some species thriving in higher temperatures. Each of these can also do a lot of damage to homes and cause health problems for residents if not addressed promptly.
While both mold and mildew are fungi, the main difference between them is in their visual appearance. Being able to identify both types will go a long way in helping to protect your home from the harmful effects of each. Mold tends to look like dark fuzz – it can be confused for dirt at times – and comes in darker shades such as green, black, or red. On the other hand, mildew is much flatter, looking like dust or powder. While it eventually turns brown given time, mildew has lighter hues early on – think white or gray.
Prevent Mold and Mildew Growth
Both mold and mildew can lead to serious issues if left unchecked, so it’s important to do all you can to prevent their growth. Keep your home clean and use exhaust fans and dehumidifiers in areas where moisture is common. Check your HVAC vents to make sure they are open and unblocked. When your home suffers water damage, call in a restoration company immediately to have your home treated. If left alone, water damage can seep deeper into the home and promote the growth of mold and mildew in areas you cannot immediately see.
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