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What's the Difference Between Mold & Mildew?


Mold and mildew are so closely related that they have become interchangeable to many people over the years. While they are both types of fungi prone to growing in moist areas, there are some key differences between the two. If you believe one might be growing in your home, use the guide below from mold inspection professionals to determine which problem you could be facing.
How to Tell if You Have Mold or Mildew

Typically, mildew will appear as powdery gray or white specks along wet surface areas. Since it only lives on the exterior of materials, you don’t have to worry about it becoming invasive, and it can be easily removed with a cleaner and a scrub brush.

Unlike mildew, mold is often the result of a much larger infestation that can present serious health concerns. When you see the dark green, bright red, or even black fuzzy spots on your walls, there’s often a much bigger problem lurking behind them. Usually, the first indicator of a mold problem will be the odor, so when you start to notice a musty, wet smell coming out of your bathroom, kitchen, or any other room, schedule a mold inspection immediately.
What Is Black Mold?

mold inspectionNot all mold is created equal. Sometimes it can produce a poisonous toxin known as mycotoxin. Although regular mold can cause allergy symptoms in some people, this harmful black mold can lead to respiratory issues, fatigue, confusion, and many other problems in anyone living in the household. Having a mold inspection performed is the only way to be sure which one you are dealing with, but as any type of mold can grow into the dangerous type, it’s important to put a stop to it as soon as it’s spotted.


If you’ve spotted mold growing or suspect it might be, call the professionals at Dove Services. For over 20 years, this family-owned and -operated business has provided certified mold removal and inspections to homeowners in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, AL. Their services come backed with an area-exclusive one-year guarantee. Call them today at (251) 540-7357 for a free estimate and mold inspection. Also, visit their website to learn more about their mold remediation and decontamination services.

Posted on Oct 29, 2018


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