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Mold vs. Mildew

3/6/2017 (Permalink)

How can we tell the difference between mold and mildew?  Often times we mistakenly use these terms interchangeable when in fact the only thing they have in common is that they are both a type of fungus.  Given the proper light, temperature and most importantly, moisture, mold will feed on something that was once alive, a non-organic material such as wood, paper, leather, cloth, tile to name a few.  Mildew only grows on something that is alive. Mildew is mostly found on plant life such as plants in a greenhouse with poor air ventilation and is also known as a "plant parasite."


However there is a noticeable contrast between mold and mildew when you are comparing size, color and texture.  Mildew is a patch of gray or white fungi  lying on the surface of a moist area. It can easily be remedied with a store bought cleaner and a scrubbing brush. Whereas mold, black or green in color, can be the result of a large infestation. Typically it is fuzzy and slimy in appearance when on food.  In a short amount of time mold will spread quickly, produce allergens and irritants, and has the potential to cause serious health hazards. 


Why choose SERVPRO Framingham and SERVPRO Newton Wellesley to solve this problem?  With our 24-hour emergency services, we are faster in response to any disaster, big or small. Be aware that a minor mold problem can quickly become a major infestation if left untreated. We can start the remediation process immediately when you contact us. A faster response lessens the mold damage, limits additional damage, and reduces the remediation cost.

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