Mold and Mildew: How They Differ and How to Spot Them

Mold and mildew: two words no property owner ever wants to hear. They’re common issues that can pose problems in your home or at your place of work.  So, what are the differences, and what can you do about them?

The Franchise Professionals at SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties shares these tips on spotting mold and mildew and how you can keep them from wreaking havoc.

Mold and Mildew Contamination

Mold and Mildew: What’s the Difference?

Let’s start with how they’re similar. Mold and mildew are both a form of fungi that are commonly found in nature and (dun, dun, dun) in your home or business. Both thrive in moisture, easily spread, and can live on a variety of surfaces.

So, how do they differ? Think of mildew as mold’s annoying kid brother. It’s a nuisance, but it hasn’t matured to the harmful effects that mold often has. That isn’t to say that mildew doesn’t pose a problem, but not to the magnitude that big brother, mold, has established. Mildew lives on the surface, but mold spores can penetrate deep and infect a surface from the inside-out.

How to Spot Mold and Mildew

Mildew typically appears in white or yellowish, powdery splotches that can eventually turn brown or black over time. Structural mold can appear in a rainbow of colors, says SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties. From green and yellow to brown, black, and white. Its texture is typically fuzzy or slimy in appearance. Both mold and mildew have been described as having a musty smell and can linger even when windows are open. Mildew is often more visible than mold; mold typically grows under carpets, behind drywall, inside insulation, and sometimes on wall surfaces.

What Property Owners Can Do

According to SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties, mold can enter buildings through windows, doors, and air conditioners and plant its flag without a trace. That is, until it becomes apparent. Mildew, on the other hand, mostly finds a way inside through wet areas and are easier to handle.

Property owners who suspect mold may be present should take immediate action to avert the situation from progressing. Try to identify areas of your home or business you suspect may be affected. What characteristics do you notice? If you’re able to identify an affected area as having mildew, your problem may be wiped away with a few household cleaning products. However, if you suspect mold has made a home in your space, you’ll need the help of a professional to handle the problem.

Mold and mildew are common problems faced by countless property owners. Knowing the difference between the two and how to spot them may save you in more ways than one.

Ready to bid adieu to mold and mildew in your home or business? Franchise Professionals at SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties are on-call for the clean. Contact them today to learn how they can be in, out, and on their way with mold remediation services. Call 609-624-0202.

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