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Deciphering If Its Mold or Mildew?

7/21/2020 (Permalink)

Hand pointing at a white wall that has black mold growth Deciding if you have mold damage or a mildew problem is often easy

Difference Between Mold or Mildew

When faced with an unknown substance in your Old Town Riverside, CA, it can be easy to assume that you may have mold damage. In some cases, it might be a mildew problem and not a mold one. Regardless of which it is, it is important to get the issue immediately taken care of. How you approach the cleaning process requires understanding the difference between the two.

Mildew Growth
Often considered a plant disease, mildew is a form of mold that typically has two classifications:

Powdery – Typically white or gray splotches found on flowering plants. Over time, it can turn to a brown or black color.
Downy – This type often affects foods, such as potatoes. It usually begins as yellow spots that turn brown.

Mildew grows on a surface and easily be removed. Although it normally only affects plants and food, it is important to get rid of it.

Mold Growth
There are many types of mold that can grow indoors. While some are more harmful than others, any mold damage should be taken care of by mold remediation and restoration expert to ensure it is properly cleaned and the area it was growing no longer provides mold spores a welcoming environment.
The appearance of the fungus is the easiest way to identify if it is mold or mildew. Mold forms as green or black patches that appear either slimy or fuzzy. It also can have irregular spots with other colors, such as brown, gray, yellow, and blue. Unlike the surface-loving mildew, mold penetrates below the surface. Along with growing on food, it can easily spread in organic materials in the home, including drywall, fabrics, furniture, bathrooms, and clothes. If left unchecked, it can begin to rot areas of the home and quickly spread to unaffected areas.
Deciding if you have mold damage or a mildew problem is often easy. Regardless of which it is, consider having it inspected by a professional to help determine the underlying causes.

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