When it comes to mold and mildew in your California home, M3 Environmental Consulting in Monterey wants you to know the difference and why it should matter to you. It is pretty easy to confuse mold and mildew. They are both fungi that thrive in warm damp areas, but there are some key differences between the two.
Mold Vs. Mildew
One of the ways you can tell mold and mildew apart is by their appearance. Mold is typically green or black. It has a fuzzy or slimy texture and grows on or underneath the surface of things that have gotten wet. It often has a strong and musty odor.
Mold can damage entire structures if it is left untreated and can cause very significant health issues in sensitive individuals. Please remember that mold cleanup isn’t a good DIY project. Due to the associated dangers and the possibility of hidden infestation, mold cleanup is really best left to the pros.
All About Mildew
Mildew is usually white, gray, or yellow in color. It has a fluffy or powdery texture and grows on the surface of items that are warm and damp. It smells very similar to mold. It can grow on any organic matter including fabric, paper, wood, and walls and is caused by moisture and humidity.
White mildew, or powdery mildew, is often found on plants. Greenhouses can be an excellent place for this type of mildew to thrive. Mildew found indoors can generally be remedied with mildew remover and a good scrub brush.
You Might Have Both
It is important to note that mold and mildew can occur together in the same area. If you notice a mildew smell, it can be covering up a larger mold problem below the surface, in walls, behind paneling, and in upholstery or carpet padding.
Is Mildew Toxic Or Dangerous?
You have most likely heard the warnings about the dangers of mold and for good reason. Mold can be harmful to the health of sensitive individuals. Mildew can be bad for you, as well. It may not be as dangerous as mold, but it can cause many of the same problems if you’ve been exposed. It is important to clean up mildew as soon as possible.
Symptoms of mildew exposure:
- Allergic Reactions
- Asthma Flareups
- Difficulty Breathing
- Throat Irritation
- Red & Watery Eyes
Mold exposure can cause all of the same symptoms that mildew exposure does as well as additional symptoms.
Other symptoms of mold exposure:
- Respiratory Issues
- Heart Problems
- Joint Pain
Is Mold Or Mildew In My Bathroom Shower?
Due to reoccurring warmth and moisture, small amounts of mold in the bathroom and shower area are frequent problems found in most houses. If treated promptly, it can usually be eliminated pretty easily. You will need to scrub your tub with a mold killer and remove any moldy caulk and then recaulk.
If mold has spread, then you should call for professional testing as soon as possible. This helps you determine the real extent of the problem. You may even uncover a hidden leak. Testing and inspection help to prevent the chances of a worsening problem and structural damage.
Practice Prevention, Protect Your Property
While mold can not always be prevented, you can try to avoid growth as much as you can. There are a few things that help keep this hard-to-fix problem at bay.
- Use Ventilation Fans When Showering
- Keep Humidity Levels Below 50% Indoors
- Repair Any Leaks Promptly
- Use Mildew Resistant Shower Curtains
- Hang Damp Rugs Up To Dry & Wash Frequently
- Remove Items From The The Tub Area After Bathing
Mold Testing For A Healthy Home Environment
The health and safety of the people in your home or building should always be a top priority. Our environmental consulting experts can inspect and test if you suspect mold or have a mildew issue.
At M3 Environmental Consulting, we offer professional mold testing services throughout the Monterey, CA, area. Breathe easier, knowing that your property is safe and free from mold and mildew.
Contact us today to schedule your inspection.