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Mold and Mildew – How Can You Tell the Difference?

Mold and mildew have commonalities but are not the same substance. Both tend to look the same, both are fungi, grow in moist places, and are unwanted when you find them in your home. However, that’s where the similarities tend to end. While it can take some experience to learn how to tell the two apart, it is important to understand their differences and how to treat them when you come across them in your home.

What Color is the Mold?

The easiest way to tell the difference between mold and mildew is by color. Mold tends to come in different colors like black, green, and brown, where mildew is typically gray or white. This may seem pretty obvious, but both mold and mildew could present with other colors. Sometimes they like to appear as yellow, peach, purple or blue, just to mix things up a bit!

Mold and Mildew Textures

Do not touch mold or mildew directly. If you do have the misfortune of doing so, wash your hands with soap and water immediately. The texture does help play a role in identifying if the issue is mold or mildew. Mold is more fuzzy or slimy compared to mildew which tends to be powdery and flaky.

Location – Where Did You Find It?

Here’s the thing. Mold is found on food or other living sources like wood, drywall paper, ceilings, window sills, walls, etc. Mold requires humidity and organic material to thrive. Mildew likes moisture so kitchens, bathrooms, and basements are great places for it to grow. Mildew will likely attach itself to areas like showers, tubs, sinks, and toilets.

Health Problems

Mold and mildew can cause health problems including respiratory issues, fatigue, allergies, and headaches. It’s important to address the problems head-on with the help of a professional at the first sign of trouble. Since mold can be toxic in even small quantities, McMahon Services is your best bet for mold removal and remediation services. We will identify the problem and provide you with a plan of action on how to address it.

Prevention First

While mold and mildew are common in most homes, that doesn’t mean that you want large amounts floating around. Keeping your home as mold and mildew free as possible is the healthiest option for you and anyone else living in the home. The best way to do this is through humidity control, exhaust fans, dehumidifiers, and air conditioners.

Improve the airflow in the home to dry out any damp areas and consistently check for mold and mildew, having the problem addressed immediately if the problem persists.

McMahon Mold Remediation Services Include:

  • Certified Mold Remediation Technicians
  • Licensed, Insured, and Bonded
  • Experienced Troubleshooting to Determine the Moisture Source
  • Structure & Contents Cleaning
  • Air Duct Cleaning
  • State of the Art Equipment for Mold Abatement
  • References from Satisfied Customers Upon Request
  • Large Loss Capabilities & Equipment
  • State of the Art Air Scrubbing Technology

If you suspect mold growth caused by water damage, contact us for a free estimate within Chicago and surrounding Illinois areas.