Did you know the difference between mold and mildew? Read on to find out!
Both mold and mildew are types of fungi that grow and thrive in moist environments, live on surfaces, and spread easily. Leaving them unattended can lead to significant structural issues in the property and may cause health-related issues.
You may have been using the terms mold and mildew interchangeably, but there are major differences between the two types of fungi.
Here are some differences:
Differences Between Mold and Mildew
Mold feeds on food and organic matter. It is reproduced through tiny airborne spores that can travel easily from one part of the room to another and can survive in extreme environments, too. With mold growth, you’ll sense a musty smell early on but won’t be able to see it until mold colonies start growing on surfaces.
Mildew, on the other hand, typically grows on plants. It’s also found on clothing, papers, window sills, leather, shower curtains, etc. Its reproduction occurs through the generation of spores.
Differences in Smell
Both mold and mildew release odorless gases but may also give out a musty smell. As mentioned earlier, you may be able to smell mold even before it becomes visible to you. The same can be said about mildew. The smell is unpleasant and dank, something you’d expect from wet socks or decaying wood in damp forests.
Hence, there’s no difference between the two when it comes to smell. To eliminate the smell, wear rubber hand-gloves and disinfect the suspected surfaces using bleach and a mixture of water and vinegar.
Differences in Appearance
Mold features a fuzzy appearance and can be black, green, orange, pink, purple, or brown in color. Mildew can also vary in appearance. Powdery mildew is typically white and resembles talcum powder, while downy mildew appears as yellow spots that become brighter over time before turning brown in color.
Differences in Health Effects
Mold produces harmful toxins referred to as mycotoxins. Constant exposure to mycotoxins can result in respiratory issues and allergies that keep on aggravating.
Inhaling mildew can lead to severe headaches, scratchy throat, coughing, and lung problems. If mildew starts growing in the lungs, it may prove life-threatening for the victim. Besides, mildew often ends up damaging plants and crops after infesting them.
While mold and mildew are different in various ways, the fact is that they are both dangerous. To prevent them from growing in your home, keep all the surfaces dry and ensure proper ventilation. Control the humidity levels in your home and track and address any kitchen or bathroom leaks as soon as possible.
If you already suspect the presence of mold or mildew, contact S.T.O.P for mold inspection and remediation. S.T.O.P is an experienced home restoration company serving in North Las Vegas, Anthem, Providence, Cadence, and many other areas.