Mold vs. Mildew. What is the difference?

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 

Upgrade your bathroom with a modern touch of high quality non-porous acrylic with a wide range of color schemes that are available. DaBella and our partner Sentrel Bath Systems offer a complete line of high-quality bathtubs, showers and accessories that are designed to last a lifetime. Our colors are non-toxic and will not fade or peel, making them great for kids and pets. Best of all, you can customize your bathtub to fit your style and budget. Each Sentrel Bath system comes with their state-of-the-art NanoProtect technology that eliminates the worry of staining, buildup of mold and reduces the chances for scratching.  

DaBella has recently been ranked by Qualified Remodeler as the #11 home improvement company in the United States based on performance. DaBella was also ranked as the #1 Qualified Remodeler roofing company in the United States. 

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. 

Fiberglass Tubs vs Acrylic: Which is Best For My Next Bath Remodel?

The Manufacturing Process 

The manufacturing process for acrylic tubs is quite simple but it is more hands on than fiberglass. A sheet of acrylic is heated up to about 200 degrees, it is then sucked by vacuums into a mold and then cooled by fans. Once the mold of the tub is finished it is then reinforced by a thick layer of fiberglass. Once the fiberglass is layered it is then laminated with rollers that remove all air bubbles which could weaken the tub and allows the fiberglass to stick to acrylic perfectly. The drains and any other holes are then cut to the precise specifications.  

Fiberglass tubs are made by heating up thin layers of glass strings so that they bind together. Once the binding process is completed the layer of Fiberglass is then molded and shaped and sprayed with resin to hold the shape. Fiberglass tubs are quite easy to manufacture because it does not take a significant number of steps or materials to complete.  

The Differences Between Fiberglass & Acrylic Tubs 

The main differences between fiberglass and acrylic tubs are the manufacturing process; usually fiberglass is an easier process and does not cost as much as acrylic to manufacture. Acrylic tubs can come with more customizable options including textures, colors, and fixtures. Also, acrylic is much more durable than fiberglass because of the fiberglass coating that surrounds the bottom. DaBella offers top of the line nonporous acrylic bathtubs and shower pans for their reliability, durability, and minimal maintenance qualities.   

What is different about fiberglass is that the manufacturing and installation is slightly cheaper than acrylic. But you will not be able to get the durability of acrylic. Also, Fiberglass tubs do tend to involve much more maintenance because they can shift and will get scratched, crack and will need to be refinished at some point during their lifetime.  

The Similarities Between Acrylic & Fiberglass Tubs 

Both fiberglass and acrylic are fiberglass-based materials but the shell of acrylic is different than fiberglass. Both materials are quite easy to install and do not involve a lot of labor. Fiberglass and acrylic baths are sometimes installed in one day. Both materials are very affordable, and you will not break the bank paying for either. Both require regular weekly to monthly cleaning to preserve their pristineness. You will need to pay regular attention to fiberglass tubs as they are prone to staining. You can clean both with just about any kind of cleaner you find in the store that will not scratch or damage your new tub.  

Maintenance Differences 

Both acrylic and fiberglass are amazingly easy to maintain. What DaBella recommends you use to clean your acrylic tub would be either Fantastic, Windex, Tilex spray, 409 spray, Lime Away spray, Fabuloso, Green Works, Spic & Span spray, Pine Sol, or Simple Green. You do not want to use any abrasive or gritty cleaners on your acrylic tub including Scotch Brite Pads, Magic Eraser, Comet Power or any solvents and thinners.  

Fiberglass tubs do tend to have more maintenance involved because the layer of coating is prone to scratching and cracking. Also, fiberglass tubs do tend to lose their color after a few years so they will need to be refinished every few years to keep them pristine. Fiberglass tubs are also prone to shifting and bending because it is a flimsy material. This can inevitably make the caulking around the tub to crack allowing water to seep through which will cause problems in the future if not taken care of.  

Are Acrylic or Fiberglass Tubs Best for Your Next Bath Remodel?  

Trying to figure out what looks best, what will hold up the longest and is within your budget can be a difficult decision. At DaBella we recommend you go for a material that will go the distance and be easy to maintain. Acrylic is undoubtedly the best material for your home for its lightweight qualities, durability, and undemanding maintenance.  

Why Choose DaBella for Your Next Bath Remodel? 

DaBella offers top of the line bath remodels that will transform your bathroom into a spa-like paradise and will give your bathroom an updated look. Our Acrylic units are made of a non-porous acrylic that will make your new shower or tub amazingly easy to clean and will not stain, crack, or lose Its color.  

At DaBella we strongly believe that quality begins at home, this means we prioritize a quality installation and home improvement experience over anything else. Our bath replacements come with unsurpassed quality and installations that will add to the value and industry leading manufactures warranties that will keep your investment protected for a lifetime  

Come to the professionals at DaBella if you are ready to take the next steps toward your new bath remodel or any other home improvement project including roofing, siding, or window replacement. Contact us on our website or give us a call at 844-DaBella. We will bring the showroom to you where you are able to pick a style and color that you will love. Our expert bath specialists will go through all the options and make sure you will be pleased with your final decision.  

Walk-In Tubs for Seniors & Accessible Bathtubs

Take Care Of Your Loved Ones With a Walk-in Tub

According to the CDC, one out of four people aged 65 and older slip and fall each year. Falls among that same age group caused over 34,000 deaths in 2019. Also in 2019, there were a recorded 3 million hospital visits for slip and fall incidents resulting in about $50 billion in medical costs. This results in head injuries and hip fractures that may be detrimental to everyday life for this demographic of people. After the first initial fall, the chance of falling again doubles. A substantial portion of these slips and falls transpire in the bathroom because of the lack of safety equipment necessary for those with disabilities.

The most common reasons for a slip & fall accident includes lower body weakness, difficulties with previous injuries that may affect balance, medications that may affect balance, vision problems and most importantly home hazards that haven’t been addressed or have been overlooked.

Anatomy of a Walk in tubHome hazards are sometimes easy fixes like adding extra railings on staircases, removing rugs and unused clutter from around the house. There could also be slightly more costly fixes and improvements that could be made in one of the more threatening rooms in your home. The bathroom is undoubtedly the most dangerous because of loose water that is commonly on the floor with no easy way to spot it before a slip and fall happens. Other problems that may occur, especially for the elderly and handicapped, is stepping in and out of the bathtub or shower. This is because they are not capable of lifting their leg over the bath tub threshold without assistance. The solution that many come to terms with is to install a walk-in tub.

What is a Walk-in Bathtub?

A walk-in tub is one with a door with a low entry threshold that is usually only a couple inches high. This makes it easier to enter and exit than a

traditional bathtub with a 12-inch threshold. Something that is also unique for a walk-in tub is that they are equipped with a molded seat, allowing users to sit down in an upright position. This also makes it easier for those who struggle with taking a regular bath in a traditional bathtub because of the awkward and unnatural way of sitting. Usually, these walk-in tubs are about twice the normal depth of a traditional bathtub, granting them to soak the entire body up to the neckline.

How these walk-in tubs work is the person opens the door and sits down and then closes the door behind them. The door is sealed so water does not escape through the door. They then fill up the tub with water and begin the soaking process. After the person is done with their bath, they then drain the tub. These tubs are usually equipped with a drainer that clears the water at a quicker pace than a traditional bathtub.

Safety First

Walk in tubs are known for the low entry and exit threshold. Traditional tub/shower combos require a large step that may make it difficult for the elderly and handicapped to access. Something else that manufacturers offer is grab bars. These grab bars make it easier for mobility once in the tub and it will take a lot of weight off the feet when entering and exiting the tub. Grab bars provide balance when it is needed most when sitting down, especially with those who struggle with balance and standing up due to medical issues or age. All manufacturers also use nonslip materials, which is especially important when entering and exiting. The nonslip grooved flooring is different for each manufacturer but reduces the chances of slipping dramatically.

Styles & Therapy Features

A walk-in tub comes in a wide range of sizes and styles depending on the manufacturer. They can range from soaking tubs to more luxurious tubs with an assortment of therapeutic features. For those who struggle with sore muscles, back aches, arthritis and overall complications with age, a therapeutic high-end air or water jetted tub could help alleviate some of these aches and increase circulation throughout the body. A showering wand is also generally included to make showering possible and make it easier for those who may like a bath and shower experience.

Maintenance & Cleaning

With most acrylic bathtubs there is little maintenance that may need to be done. A weekly minor cleaning will do you justice for keeping your tub clean from soap scum and other bacteria that love this area of the bathroom. When it comes to the functionality of the tub itself and its mechanisms, the manufacturer usually has a warranty that covers all the components that make up your new walk-in bathtub.

Here at DaBella, our walk-in tubs are made of a non-porous acrylic. This type of material allows for dirt and grime to slip off easily when being cleaned and will keep your tub looking pristine for years to come.

Wheelchair Accessibility

Wheelchair accessible tubs are exceptional for those who may be struggling with the regular activity of bathing. These tubs are designed specifically for people who are wheelchair users and are equipped with outward swinging doors, handrails for easy access and ADA compliant slide-in seat.

DaBella Provides Great Walk-In Tubs for Seniors.

Whether it be looking out for the safety of a loved one or looking to add some safety features to your bath that may make it easier for you to do some of your bathroom necessities. You can count on DaBella for the best walk in tubs seniors. We offer a catalog of options to upgrade your tub to your exact needs and preferences. Contact us today for a free, no obligation estimates for a walk-in bath tub.

Also, enter our sweepstakes for $15,000 home makeover that you can use on your new walk-in bathtub or use it on the other services and products we offer such as roofing, siding, windows, bathtub or shower. We recently picked a winner for our 2021 sweepstakes. Check out the 2021 sweepstakes winners experience! If you are interested in entering our next sweepstakes; fill out a quick form on our website.

DaBella has been in business for just over 11 years now and is now operating in 13 states with 36 different locations. DaBella specializes in roofing, windows, siding and bathtubs and showers. If you are ready to take the necessary steps towards your next home improvement project. Contact DaBella today by phone at 844-322-3552.

9 Questions to Ask a Contractor Before Starting Your Project

Questions For Contractors For a Successful Home Improvement Project!

Starting a home improvement project can be a daunting task for anyone. Doing your due diligence in research and planning is essential for any home improvement project to be successful. Hiring the right contractor for what you have in mind may be even more difficult. We have listed 9 essential questions to ask a contractor before you hire.

Are You Licensed, Bonded & Insured?

A contractor license is mandatory for any construction business that is generating revenue while working on residential homes. Most licenses differ from state to state. it should be made clear which state your contractor is licensed in. A contractor license suggests that they have the necessary skills and have taken the steps to properly conduct business in your state. Asking for a contractor license is very normal and a copy should be provided when asked for.

If a contractor cannot provide a license for you to review, then you should look elsewhere for someone to work on your home. A contractor that cannot provide a copy of a contractor license should not be trusted and should be reported immediately to the state’s contractor licenser.

When a contractor is bonded, they have obtained a surety bond. The surety bond has 3 parts. The principle – the company that has obtained the bond, the obligee – the party that requires the bond before permitting the business to do the work, it is usually a state or municipal institution. The bond protects the 3rd party from any kind of losses that may occur such as incomplete work, damage, theft etc. The third party can file a claim and be compensated for any kind of losses that may have occurred.

Not to be confused with the surety bond, a contractor that is insured by a third party should be covered for any kind of risks that may occur while on the job. The most common forms of insurance are workers comp and general liability insurance.

DaBella is fully licensed, bonded and insured in every state that we operate in. If you have any further questions about licenses or insurance coverage, our specialist will be happy to go over that information with you during a free estimate.

Can You Provide a List of References?

Providing a list of references should be no problem for most reputable contractors, especially if they have been in business for a good amount of time. Showing you questions or getting some form of communication for a reference will allow you to get a promising idea of the kind of work they do and the standard they set for themselves when dealing with customers.

Ask one of our specialists for a list of references during your free estimate.

What is The Expected Timeline For Work?

If you have a deadline for a project to be complete such as when you are selling the home, predicting a baby or having family over for the holidays; be clear with your contractor about when you want things done. Giving this message gives clear expectations that should be met when contracts are signed.

At DaBella, based on the product, the timeline varies but we have very close connections with our manufacturers, and we will make sure to stick to the timeline that was originally set to the best of our ability.

What Kind of Financing Do You Offer?

Homeowners can either pay in cash or finance their home improvement projects through the contractor directly or a contractor’s third-party financing lender. It is important to keep in mind that a homeowner should never be paying in full until the project is completed and to your satisfaction.

DaBella is neither a broker nor a lender. Financing is provided by third-party lenders unaffiliated with DaBella, under terms and conditions arranged directly between the customer and such lender, all subject to credit requirements and satisfactory completion of finance documents. Any finance terms advertised are estimates only. DaBella does not assist with, counsel or negotiate financing, other than providing customers an introduction to lenders interested in financing DaBella’s customers.

What is The Best Way to Stay in Contact with you?

Whether you’d like to get a simple update on where your project is in the process or have a problem with the installation. You should ask for the best way to get in touch with your contractor whether that’d be through phone, email, or submitting a contact us form on the website.

If you need to get in contact with DaBella, please contact our customer service team at 855-DaBella or 855-322-3552.

How Long Have You Been in Business?

You obviously want a contractor that has been in business for a good number of years and has a reputation for consistency and professionalism. Most home improvement contractors have some experience in this industry but are relatively new business owners. They could be very qualified workers but make sure that they are passing their knowledge and techniques onto their employees.

Dabella has been in business for just over 11 years with 36 offices located in 13 different states. Over those 10 years of business, we have set high expectations of what we want to accomplish. As a result, we have opened 36 offices since the beginning of 2011. Read about the Dabella Story here.

Will You Clean Up Once the Project is Completed?

A good contractor will make sure that all materials and all other building materials are not left on the property after the job is completed. Most contractors will be sure to pick up all nails with a magnet and transport all raw building materials off to be recycled. If the contractor does not include the cleanup in the contract, you do have the option of hiring a post construction cleanup crew.

At DaBella, we strive to leave you with a product that catches eyes and the only way we can do that is by leaving your property the same as it was before the project started. We will make sure your exterior is well protected during the installation as well as after. We will pick up all materials that were either unused or  after we are finished with your home improvement project.

Will I Have a Dedicated Team Working at my Home?

Most contractors work tirelessly on multiple projects for different homeowners. Having multiple crews working on your home could create chaos, especially if there wasn’t clear communication between the two crews on what has been done and what still needs to be done.

A crew that is consistent, stable and shows up with the same workers should make it so there are fewer errors. This will also make it easier to pick up where they left off if this is a multi-day project. You will have a crew that is dedicated to your home and only your home until the project is done. If there are any problems with the finished project, it will be easier to determine who is at fault.

Here at DaBella, we will assign a designated installer crew that will specifically work on your home. There is no jumping around from house to house and our crew will work on the same project until it is done and to your satisfaction.

What is the Schedule for Payments?

You should never pay for a project in full after signing contracts. You should always wait till the project is done to your satisfaction before submitting the final payment. Ask one of our specialists about our financing options and they would be happy to explain the schedule of payments you will make for your next home improvement project.

DaBella is Here to Help You With Your Questions

DaBella has been performing high quality home improvement experiences for thousands of homeowners every year. If you are in need of a roof, siding, windows or bath replacement services, contact the experts at DaBella. We will answer any and all of your questions and will provide you with a free no-obligation quote. Contact us today at 844-DaBella. 

How to Clean Acrylic Tubs

Easy Remedy For Cleaning Your Acrylic Bathtub.

Keeping your home clean of germs, bacteria and dirt can be a headache and is something that can be hard to stay on top of. Your acrylic shower or bathtub may be one of the items in your home that may be the most important to clean. Especially because it is something that you use every single day. There is certainly a wrong way as well as a right way to clean your acrylic bathtub or shower and we will be showcasing that here.

First, make sure you are aware of what kind of material your tub is. The most common materials are fiber glass, porcelain, cast iron. All of these materials have different methods of cleaning and require different and specific cleaning products. Using the wrong chemical cleaning products could damage your tub greatly and over time will result in it having to be refinished or replaced.

What Products should I use?

You pay thousands of dollars for a brand-new acrylic bathtub, and you want to keep it intact for as long as possible. Cleaning products are often made for specific materials, so it is important to look at the description and uses of these cleaning products.

Cleaning products for your acrylic bathtub should be non-abrasive and gentle cleaners that won’t deteriorate your tub. Cleaning products that should be used include:

  • A gentle bristled brush, or a terry cloth or a soft sponge will be perfect to scrape off dirt and soap scum.
  • Dishwashing Liquid such as Dawn® Ultra Dishwashing liquid.
  • Iron Out® Rust remover.
  • Formula 409® All-purpose Cleaner
  • CLR® Bath & Kitchen Cleaner
  • Lysol® Power Bathroom Cleaner
  • Tilex® Spray
  • Lime Away® Spray
  • Fabuloso®
  • Green Works®
  • Spic & Span® spray
  • Pine Sol®
  • Simple Green®

This is a list of products that we recommend. You should be able to find these in almost any grocery store but there are many more cleaning products out there. The one thing that you should take away is to always read the description and the uses of all chemical cleaning products. After you’re done cleaning your bathtub or shower, make sure to always be rinsing the unit with warm water.

Homemade Cleaning Options for Cleaning Acrylic Bathtubs

If you’d like to take a different approach and go for a homemade concoction to knock out those difficult stains. Here’s a very simple step-by-step solution that can be done with items around your house:

  1. Fill your tub with hot water and add 2 cups of vinegar. Let the water and vinegar sit for about 10 minutes. This will help loosen up the dirt and mildew.
  2. After about 10 minutes of letting the water and vinegar settle. Drain the tub.
  3. Cover the entire tub with a thin layer of baking soda. (Or you can use a mixture of borax, dish soap and water. Mix the three ingredients together and it’ll create a super cleaner for your tub!)
  4. Then scrub your tub with a soft sponge, a soft bristled brush or a soft towel.
  5. After scrubbing for a few minutes and you believe the stains and mildew are gone, rinse the tub with warm water. Make sure all signs of the baking powder are gone.

What Products Should Not be Used?

Some cleaning products may be too rough and will leave scratches and may result in more mold and milder growth. This will make it inevitably harder to clean in the future. Here is a list of cleaning products that you shouldn’t use:

  • Don’t use any kind of steel wool brushes or sponges. These cleaning products are too rough on your tub and could create scratches.
  • Don’t use ammonia or bleach products. These chemicals break down acrylic over time and will cause extensive damage.
  • Don’t use cleaners that use aerosol. These types of products also break down the acrylic material.
  • Don’t use Paint thinner products as these are very harsh on your acrylic tub.

How Often Should I Be Cleaning an Acrylic Tub?

Your bathroom gets used every single day and your shower probably gets used at least every other day. Cleaning your bathroom once a week is enough to stop mildew and mold from growing. Keeping your entire bathroom clean and in pristine condition will keep your bathroom looking new and will reduce the chance of cracking, mold and mildew or costly repairs.

After you are done cleaning and you feel that every spot of the shower looks spotless, and you’ve rinsed with warm water. A very overlooked and important step is to dry to tub or shower with a clean micro-fiber towel.

What DaBella Can do For You!

Is your bathtub or shower getting to the point where it seems impossible to clean? Does it seem like no matter what cleaning products you use, and you can’t get those stubborn stains out? You may need a new bathtub or shower. At DaBella we use a nonporous acrylic bath products that stops grime and mold from populating and is easy to clean. With regular maintenance, our acrylic showers and baths will last the lifetime of your home. Contact DaBella today at 844-DaBella or contact us through our website.