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How To Determine Whether You Are Dealing With Mold or Mildew

9/30/2020 (Permalink)

Detail of mold and dirt on the glass of window. Toxic mildew Mildew is frequently white, yellow, or gray and darkens with time

What Type Of Fungus Am I Dealing With?

Whether you are dealing with mold damage or mildew growth in your South Hill, WA, home, it is important to understand the fungus you are dealing with. This way you can address the problem effectively and safely.

Differences
Mold and mildew are both types of fungi. However, they have a few key differences. The following are three characteristics that the fungi do not share:

  • Texture
  • Color
  • Invasiveness

While mildew is often described as powdery or fluffy, mold frequently looks slimy or fuzzy. Although it’s possible for mold and mildew to be the same color, mildew is generally lighter, especially in the early stages. Mildew is frequently white, yellow, or gray and darkens with time. Mold is often black or green, although it comes in many other colors as well. Additionally, mold is generally more invasive and harder to remove than mildew. While DIY approaches are generally adequate for mildew removal, professional remediation is often required for large mold infestations. Permanent mold damage is also a concern, whereas mildew generally does not cause lasting damage.

Similarities
Despite their differences, there is a key characteristic that mildew and mold growth do share. Both need moisture in order to thrive. Cleaning up water damage and spills as soon as possible is important in the prevention of both types of fungi. Additionally, try to keep the indoor humidity below 50%. It may be necessary to run a dehumidifier in particularly wet areas, such as bathrooms, basements, and kitchens.
Additionally, both mold and mildew growth is easier to deal with if caught early. Inspect your home regularly, paying close attention to damp areas and any spaces that have had fungal growth before.
Although simple mildew growth can generally be handled by the homeowner, severe mold damage will likely necessitate professional help. An experienced restoration service can help you get your home back to normal quickly and safely.

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