Mold Vs. Mildew – Know the Difference

Mold Vs. Mildew

The Experts on EE&G Restoration Miami have been asked this many times: What is the difference between mold and mildew?

Mold and mildew are a property owner’s nightmare come true. Odorous, unsightly and unhygienic, here’s the difference between these two hazards and ways to tackle them.

All You Need To Know About Mildew

Mildew is a plant disease that can affect indoor plants at home. Usually classified into two, this flat looking phenomenon is actually from the mold family.

Where is it found?

Mildew usually occurs on flat surfaces like paper, old fabrics, organic materials, and even your indoor plants!

The Types Of Mildew

  1. Powdery Mildew: This type of mildew is common in homes. It mainly affects indoor plants. The flowers look like white or gray splotches on the surface, the web-like appearance also becomes yellow, brown and even black over time because the fungus begins to grow.
  2. Downy Mildew: Usually found on produce that’s left too long in the fridge or outside, this fungus forms in yellow or brown color and has the same web-like appearance as the former type of mildew.

The Effects

Mildew usually affects plants, crops and other things that can be categorized as organic. However, it doesn’t just affect produce.

If left unattended, mildew can pose a health hazard to homeowners, especially in humid cities like Miami. The air quality can deteriorate and the mildew spores can bring bouts of coughing, headaches, sore throat and other respiratory problems.

All You Need To Know About Mold

Mold is another enemy that property owners in Miami are all too familiar with. This fungus contains multiple nuclei that grow in green or black patches and can multiply rapidly if not treated. Mold is usually fuzzy and irregularly shaped.

Where is it found?

Mold is usually found in permanent structures like walls, nooks, and crannies. It’s also found on items stored in damp places like paper, food or other water-absorbent items.

The Types Of Mold

  1. Alternaria: This grows on walls, windows, tiles, under sinks and other places that are damp most of the time. This kind of mold also appears after water damage.
  2. Aspergillus: This is also found indoors and grows on paper products, walls, and even fabric.
  3. Cladosporium: Usually grows in cool areas and affects carpets, floorboards, curtains and other kinds of upholstery.
  4. Penicillium: This type of mold appears on surfaces that have been in contact with water, like mattresses, carpets, cardboard boxes, etc. This mold has a particularly musty smell.

The Effects

Besides damaging and rotting wood, fabric, paper and other parts of the foundation, mold is pretty harmful and requires immediate attention.

Prolonged presence of mold can cause serious respiratory problems, allergic reactions, asthma attacks and other breathing problems which require proper medical care.

Speak to your EE&G Restoration Miami experts to know more about taking care of your