The Difference Between Mildew and Mold
Many people think that there is not a difference between mildew and mold and that they are the same thing, a fungi. However; there are key differences between the two. Yes, they are both a fungi, and they may look the same from afar, but that is really only the few similarities between the two. The following highlights the main differences between mildew and mold and exemplify how to prevent either of them from showing up in your home.
Mildew, to begin with, is a less harmful fungi that is most commonly found on agricultural products, such as plants or crops. Mildew tends to show up on these agricultural products in the form of a powder or a downy in a white or yellow colour. Mildew grow in moist and warm locations such as showers, bathrooms, damp fabrics or basement walls. Mildew causes damage to the products that it has been found on, but does not cause severe allergic or health reactions like mold can. If left for long enough, mildew can eventually turn into mold. There are mildew removers at most hardware stores that you can place in and around your home; however, this is not the best prevention method. To prevent mildew, homeowners should try to keep all areas in the home moisture-free, especially those that are susceptible to mildew, and remove any infested plants that may foster the potential to produce mildew. You can also contact a professional remediation company to completely rid your home of mildew.
Mold, on the other hand, is a more harmful fungi that is found on items that have been affected by water damage or humidity. Mold is usually fuzzy and is most commonly coloured as black, blue, brown or white. Mold can cause extreme structural damage to homes and can cause a multitude of health issues. Mold is not only found on housing materials like walls, floors and ceilings, but can also be found on food products that have past their expiration date. To prevent mold, homeowners should keep all areas of their home moisture-free, by keeping humidity levels to a minimum. Keep a dehumidifier in your home, and alternate between both a humidifier and a dehumidifier to ensure you’re getting the right amount of moisture in your air. Additionally, it’s important to prevent any potential leakages in your attic or basement, as they’re both common locations for mold infestations.
In the instance that either mold or mildew shows up in your home, remove it immediately so that no further damage occurs. If mildew or mold has been found in your home, call a professional that can properly treat the affected areas. Matrix Remediation is an excellent service that focuses on professional mold remediation in homes and businesses. We offer a variety of different services to homes that have been affected by mold, mildew, water damage, fire and smoke damage, and asbestos. For more information or to book an appointment with Matrix Remediation, visit our website at www.matrixremediation.com.
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