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The Difference Between Mold and Mildew

It’s common for people to use the terms mold and mildew interchangeably. However, each has distinctive differences, even though they’re both types of fungi. Don’t attempt to address mildew without using gloves and protective goggles. Individuals shouldn’t try to remove mold on their own. It can be a serious health hazard and is easily spread to other areas.

Mold

To the eye, mold can appear fuzzy or slimy. It’s raised, not flat, and appears in colors of red, green, blue or black, depending on the type. Mold has a strong musty and pungent odor that’s very disagreeable. As mold proliferates, it produces microbial volatile organic compounds (MVOCs) responsible for the smell. It grows best at temperatures between 77 ad 86 degrees.

One of the most significant differences is that mold has roots that sink in and infiltrate porous materials such as wood, wallboard, leather and paper. Mold is insidious in its growth. It’s why home remedies such as bleach don’t work. Bleach kills surface mold, but doesn’t reach the fungi’s roots.

Mold generates symptoms in people ranging from runny nose, cough, sore throat and sneezing to respiratory distress, particularly in individuals with asthmas and COPD. It can also cause more serious consequences that affect the nervous system. Mold can cause memory loss, mood changes and depression.

Removing mold is complicated and requires the services of a professional remediation service. The experts have the tools, knowledge and expertise to kill mold at the root level. They can also remove infested materials and contain the infestation so it won’t spread throughout the entirety of a structure.

Mildew

In comparison, mildew is flat, typically appears white or gray in color, and is often powdery. Mildew has a distinctive smell similar to mold, but it’s much lighter in nature. People can experience headaches, sore throat and mild respiratory symptoms when mildew is present.

Humidity levels between 62 and 93 percent present an ideal environment for mildew growth. Temperature is equally important. Mildew produces best in temperatures of 77 to 88 degrees. Mildew grows on surfaces, but doesn’t sink roots into materials. However, there are some types of mildew that are quite resistant and the services of a remediation professional will be required.

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How to Spot Mold in Your Home

There are approximately 12 types of molds that typically inhabit homes. Mold is a naturally occurring fungi in the outdoor environment that provides the valuable service of helping to break down plant and animal matter. It’s spread by spores through the air, water, on pets and on people and their clothing.

A mold infestation is fairly easy to identify once it’s located. The fungi can appear as an innocuous scuff mark on a wall or behind furniture. It may also look like a dirty area on any surface. Mold only needs moisture, warmth and relative darkness to grow and homes with a fungi infestation will acquire a musty smell.

If your home has experienced water damage from storms, roof damage or a water leak, there’s a good chance that there’s been mold growth. What you may not know is that mold can also grow in AC filters and ductwork that’s then blown about your home where it can start a new colony.

A DIY test can be done with a swab and a diluted bleach solution of 1 part bleach to 16 parts water. Dab a small area of the solution on the suspect area. If the area quickly lightens or continues to come back after it’s been cleaned, there’s a good chance it’s mold.

Mold can have a serious effect on health that’s often chalked up to allergies. Symptoms include coughing, sneezing, runny nose, and sinus headaches. People may also experience wheezing and difficult breathing, congestion, and a sore and itchy throat. If the symptoms get better when you leave the house, you should suspect mold. Some types of molds are highly toxic and have the potential to result in life-threatening illness.

The best recourse if you’ve detected mold in your home is to hire a professional remediation company. The professionals will contain the contaminant, have a sample analyzed by a lab, and treat the entire home if necessary to remove the affected area and restore air quality.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

TODAY at: 561-344-5070

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