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Mold VS Mildew - Know The Difference To Protect Your Phoenix Home

2/4/2021 (Permalink)

Mold is growing behind a leaking dishwasher in Phoenix. SERVPRO of Paradise Valley was called out to a Phoenix home after a dishwasher leak caused mold to grow behind the unit.

Mold and mildew are two different types of fungi that can be dangerous and destructive. They have some similarities, which can make them hard to differentiate between the two. However, in order to properly treat affected areas, it's important to identify the type of fungi. So, let's take a look at what they have in common and what sets them apart.

Similarities

- Thrive in moist environments

- Grow rapidly

- Can have a musty smell

- Live on a variety of surfaces

- Can cause structural damage

- Can cause health effects

Differences

- Size and color

- Pose different health effects

- Respond to different treatment

What is Mold?

Mold is a fungus that grows from microscopic spores. It can have a fuzzy appearance. Mold is typically green or black; however, it can also be brown, yellow, white, blue, or gray. Mold can penetrate beneath the surface of the affected material. 

How to Treat Mold

Due to health effects, it's best to leave it to the professionals. Our technicians at SERVPRO of Paradise Valley have the proper PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), cleaning equipment, supplies, skills, and experience to get the job done. We will have mold samples taken and tested by a certified hygienist. Once the job is completed, a hygienist will return to test the air quality. If any structural damage from the mold or water has occurred, our in-house reconstruction team is available for repairs. From the beginning to the end, we will be there to assist you.

What is Mildew?

Mildew is a surface fungus. It's often found on damp surfaces. Humid areas are most commonly affected by mildew, including bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, basements, and attics. Mildew has a powdery or downy texture. The color starts off white, but can turn yellow, brown, or black. 

How to Treat Mildew

Mildew can be treated by scrubbing the surface with a mildew cleaner. Make sure to follow all of the instructions on the product's label. It is advised to work in a well-ventilated area. Wearing a mask may help to avoid breathing in fumes and spores. Protect your hands with rubber gloves. Once you have removed the mildew, rinse the area well with water.

Mold and Mildew Prevention

Prevent future occurrences by keeping areas clean and dry. Fix any leaks. A dehumidifier or exhaust fan will help to maintain proper indoor humidity levels. Keep you air ducts clean. SERVPRO of Paradise Valley offers duct cleaning services. 

Resources:

https://www.hgtv.com/design/remodel/interior-remodel/mold-vs-mildew

https://www.goldeagle.com/tips-tools/mold-vs-mildew-what's-difference/

https://molekule.science/mildew-vs-mold-difference/

https://aerindustries.com/blog/2019/05/08/mold-vs-mildew/

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