The Difference Between Mold and Mildew in the Home
While most people think that molds and mildews are similar, experts from Water Mold Fire Restoration have established significant differences between the two. Despite belonging to the same family of fungi, there are specific characteristics that clearly distinguishes molds and mildews. Good examples of differences between molds and fungi are observed in aspects such as color, size and their texture. Molds, for example, are fungus that usually grow on food and moist organic materials. In most cases, molds grow in places that are dark and warm. When molds grow, they produce a musty smell and are usually spotted in round spots. The color of mold ranges from white, green, blue, brown and black. The texture is usually fuzzy, slimy or greasy depending on where it has grown.
Mildew, on the other hand, is a fungus that grows mainly on the surfaces and is usually white or grey in color. Mildews have powdery or fluffy textures and can be easily removed from surfaces using soap, water and elbow grease. The musty smell produced by mildew is usually eliminated using a mixture of vinegar and water. It is important to note that mildews are harmful to the health of humans and any exposure to it can cause coughing, sore throat, irritation of the eyes and severe respiratory issues. As a surface fungus, mildews usually grow on dumpy surfaces like clothes, leather, paper, soap scum and even the shower curtains.
While both mold and mildew grow in homes and commercial properties especially on warm, moist and dumpy surfaces, they have key differences that determine the extent to which one should deal with them when the body gets into contact or when they grow in homes or in residential properties. Usually, experts acknowledge that dealing with mildew is easier compared to mold which requires the engagement of a specialist to test and advice on the best remediation technique or strategy to be used. Another significant difference between molds and mildews lies in their colors. For example, mildews are whitish or greyish and grows in flat patterns while molds grow as irregular spots and have varying colors.
Another significant difference between molds and mildews lies on their effect on surfaces. For example, mildews have no prolonged effects on the surfaces where they grow such as the fabric, papers and plants. Molds, on the other hand, have significant effects on the surfaces in which they grow. For example, they can penetrate the structures and the surfaces where they grow and cause serious damage on them, necessitating the need to replace or repair the damaged surfaces or structures in case of homes. Other than effects on surfaces and structures, molds cause severe health complications such as those related to respiratory systems and memory. The health effects of mildews however, are not severe as those of molds and can present themselves in the form of allergies making the individual coming into contact with them to cough, sneeze, experience some sore throats and a little headache.
If you discover mold growth in your home, you should immediately reach out to the certified mold remediation and restoration professionals at Fresh Air, call (210) 349-1500 .