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Is It Mold or Mildew?


Having trouble telling whether you’re dealing with mold or mildew? We’re here to help.

Mold and mildew are both kinds of fungi brought about by excessive moisture, but knowing the difference means you can treat them much better. Mildew and mold are closely related; mold is typically black, blue, red, or green, but mildew is white. While mildew isn’t quite as hazardous to human health as mold, it’s nonetheless a problem. Knowing which is which will allow you to quickly treat the problem and protect you and your family’s home.

What’s the Difference?

Excessive mildew can lead to difficulty in breathing, excessive coughing, sore throats, and headaches–mold can also lead to these health issues, but with more intensity, as well as pneumonia, rashes or hives, and inflammation or pain in joints. Usually, you can tell the difference between mold based on what color it is. If you’re unsure, using a litmus test will let you know within a matter of minutes. Simply dab a few drops of bleach onto your mold or mildew patch, wait for a few minutes, and if it turns light it’s mildew. If it stays dark, it’s mold.

How Do You Treat Mold or Mildew?

Both mold and mildew require a few certain factors to develop, such as a food source (which would be any kind of organic matter) and sufficient moisture. This means places like bathrooms and basements develop mold and mildew often. Mold prevention requires reducing moisture, so installing fans and promoting airflow is a great way to cut down on mold and mildew.

Got Mold or Mildew?

If you’ve got mold or mildew on your property, don’t wait and try to deal with it yourself. It’s best to call a mold remediation company like us here at ServiceMaster. It’s difficult to remove mold without a professional, and even if it may look like you’ve done the job, it could be spreading on its own. Mold and mildew need to be properly removed by a professional and then re-tested to make sure it’s fully eradicated.

Concerned About Mold?

If you’ve developed mold, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We can help professionally restore any damaged areas. If you just have questions about disaster prevention, let us know too. Being properly prepared is essential for your safety and well-being.

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