Mold vs. Mildew | which is it & why do you need it removed?
Is it mold or mildew? It’s most likely both. Mildew is just another sort of mold, and it may be just as dangerous if it isn’t treated properly. Here’s what you need to know.
What is Mold?
Mold is a fungus with a root-like system known as hyphae that physically grows into porous building materials like drywall and insulation. Mold requires water to grow and can appear within 24 to 48 hours of being exposed to it. It’s available in a variety of sizes, shapes, textures, and colors.
What is Mildew?
Mildew is a white or gray mold that is light in color and texture and has a powdery texture. Aspergillus is a common mildew that produces toxins known as mycotoxins, which can cause allergy-like symptoms.
Mycotoxins have also been linked to neurological and neuropsychiatric symptoms such as pain syndromes, movement difficulties, delirium, and coordination and balance problems.
It’s a common but potentially harmful mildew that we see all over the house in the remediation industry—mostly on windows and their surrounding frames and sills; on doors and frames leading outside; under bath mats; on shower curtains, especially between the liner and the curtain; and on bathroom grout or caulk.
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It’s critical that we take extreme caution while dealing with mold and mildew in our houses. It’s time to act if you notice mildew or mold on your shower curtain, bath mat, or other surfaces.
Spores are used by all molds and mildews to reproduce. Those spores will proliferate if they can locate a place where there is water or moisture to do so.
So, if you have mold growing in your bathroom all of the time, it’s likely that you have mold growing somewhere in the house that’s being aerosolized and finding the right place to grow in that wet environment.
As a result, if you have mold or mildew developing continuously anyplace inside your home, including the bathroom, we recommend getting your home analyzed by a qualified mold inspector.