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Mold vs. Mildew. What is the difference?

7 minutes

What is Mold? 

A fungus known as mold grows in humid and damp conditions. Mold releases spores into the air. If you consume or inhale, it could cause some serious harm to you and your family. The primary symptom of mold exposure is a sore throat. Other symptoms may include fever, cough, and weight loss. Mold is usually found to be a white, green, or blackish hue. The best way to avoid mold exposure is to maintain a dry and clean environment. Keep your home dry by avoiding excessive moisture and clean your home regularly to prevent the growth of mold. 

What is Mildew?  

Mildew is a common name for the fungus Botrytis cineria, also known as grey mold. This fungus causes the white or grey fuzzy growth on leaves and stems of plants. It is one of the most common causes of plant disease in the world. The two primary species of mildew are found in the soil and on plant surfaces. 

Difference Between Mold & Mildew 

The two words are often used interchangeably, but they refer to two different things. Mold is a type of fungus that sometimes appears on food. It is sometimes called mildew when it appears on other objects such as your bathroom or windows. The first type is harmless, while the second can cause allergic reactions in some people and is often a sign of a dirty environment. The two terms are sometimes used interchangeably to refer to the same thing, which is the fungus that produces mycotoxins, which are poisonous compounds that are found in some food products. However, the two terms are sometimes used to refer to various kinds of fungus, which is the scientific name for a single organism or species.  

The biggest difference between mold and mildew is that the two types of fungus are commonly found in different environments and on different substrates, which is the physical environment in which a fungus lives.  

Where Does Mold and Mildew Grow the Most?  

Mold and mildew are two types of fungus that are commonly found in buildings and on surfaces. They are often found on food, but they can also grow on other materials such as paper, wood, and drywall. Fungi thrive in warm and humid environments, which are conditions that are typically found in a building. They are often found on the walls and ceilings of a building, but they can also grow on other surfaces such as fabrics, paper products, and carpets. Mold and mildew, which are two types of fungus, often appear on moist surfaces such as showers, bathtubs, and toilets. They also can grow in dark, closed spaces such as basements and closets. However, the two types of fungus prefer different environments, which is the physical place where a fungus lives. Mold is often found on moist surfaces, such as bathrooms and kitchens.  

What are the Effects of Mold and Mildew in Your Home?  

The effects of mold and mildew can differ, depending on the surface they are growing on and the proximity of people to them. Mold, for example, can ruin food, but it generally does not leave lasting damage on other surfaces, such as tile floors or in the bathroom. Furthermore, people who breathe in mildew spores may start to cough, get a headache, or have difficulty breathing; in other words, this fungus can cause some health problems. However, the two types of fungus are not typically harmful to people, which is the reason why they are commonly found in buildings. They are also a sign that a building needs to be cleaned, which is the best way to get rid of them.  

What are the Appearance Differences Between Mold and Mildew?  

The appearance of mold and mildew can vary which is the reason why they are sometimes referred to as black mold, white mold, or other specific colors. Mold typically appears as a black or deep brown powder, which is the result of the growth of the fungus. Mildew, which is a type of fungus, appears as a white or brown powder, which is the result of the growth of a fungus on a different substance. The two types of fungus also differ in shape, which is the way that the fungus is arranged on a surface. 

How to Get Rid of Mold & Mildew in Your Home 

The first step in cleaning a home with mold is to make sure that the humidity levels are normal and that the home is not leaking. Here is an article on how to find a leak in your roof. Then, the home should be inspected for ventilation, which is the process of removing the air from a space so that the humidity is lowered. This can be done through the use of fans and other ventilation devices. The surfaces where the two types of fungus are growing should be cleaned. The surfaces should be cleaned with the use of a bleach solution only if it is a non-porous material, which kills the two types of fungus. If you need to kill the mold or mildew then After the two types of fungus have been removed, the home can be cleaned, which is the process of making a home clean.  

How to Prevent Mold & Mildew in the Future.  

To prevent mold and mildew from growing on surfaces, the home should be cleaned on a regular basis. This can be done by buying store bought products in the cleaning aisle that are specific for cleaning mold and mildew. Humidity should also be kept at normal levels. Furthermore, the home should be inspected for leaks and ventilation should be improved. In damp areas around your house including your basement and bathroom, you can use a dehumidifier to keep the humidity levels low. Also, if you find a leak from your roof or from your plumbing system, it should be fixed immediately. Leaking water can cause perfect conditions for mold and mildew to grow and prosper.  

Mold Vs Mildew in Shower 

Chances are if you see a discolored bath or shower, chances are that it is mold or a combination of soap scum and mold. Mold can really prosper in the bathroom. That is why whenever you are using your shower or tub you are leaving the exhaust fan in your bathroom on to eliminate some of the moisture. Leave your exhaust fan on for at least 15 minutes after you are done with your shower or bath to be sure there is little moisture left in the bathroom. You should also be cleaning your bath or shower at least once a month. Here is an article on how to clean your acrylic bath or shower. If no matter what you do to clean your bath or shower and nothing seems to be working to restore it to its original glory, it may be time to call a professional for a replacement.  

Is your Bath or Shower Past its Prime? Contact DaBella 

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Contact DaBella today at 844-322-3552 and we will provide you with a free no obligation quote for your bath or shower. DaBella also specializes in high quality roofing, fiber cement siding, and window replacement services that will keep your home looking great for years to come and add some needed curb appeal.