Subscribe via RSS Feed

Archive for June, 2010

The Difference Between Mold and Mildew

The Difference Between Mold and Mildew

[ 1 ] June 25, 2010

Mold and Mildew

Most people don’t realize there are different types of mold. In fact, there’s even a difference between mold and mildew. They are similar in appearance, and most people can’t tell them apart. Mold and mildew are actually different types of fungi. They are also different in texture and color. One thing they have in common is they’re unwanted. You’d be hard pressed to find anyone happy about mold or mildew growing in their home.

Mold and mildew both like warm and moist areas. They also grow in many of the same places. That’s why people get confused about them. Both types of fungi can grow in showers, and on paper and fabrics. However, mildew grows in showers and on fabrics more often than mold does. Both types of fungi can also grow on food items, but mold affects food more often than mildew does.

They both spread when their spores are disturbed. The spores travel through the air and grow wherever the situation is right. Mold is usually black, sometimes green or even blue. Mildew is normally white or gray in color.

Mildew Characteristics

There are basically two types of mildew. Powdery mildew has the appearance of gray or white patches. You might see this type on flowers and other plants. Downy mildew is often found on food. The way it looks will vary depending on the food item. It might look like a hunk of powder or sugar is on the food. It can also appear as chalky looking spots on leaves.

Mold Characteristics

Mold usually looks slimy or fuzzy, and that depends on what type it is. Although it’s usually black, mold actually comes in a variety of colors. It comes in a variety of shapes as well. Usually, it appears as black or green spots in a shower or bathroom. Sometimes it grows in the crevices of bathroom tile. This is usually not a serious health threat. However, it is a serious threat when the situation turns toxic, and mold removal becomes very important.

Toxic mold contains mycotoxins. Mycotoxins can cause all kinds of illnesses. Some people aren’t affected by it at all, but others become seriously ill. Symptoms include headaches, asthma and coughing. Eye and throat irritation can occur as well.

In serious cases, a person could experience trouble with their lungs, rashes, blurred vision or worse. This doesn’t mean you should run screaming whenever you see mold. Just be aware of these symptoms, and take action if you think you’re in danger.

All types of mold and mildew thrive in wet, dark places. Get rid of their breeding grounds, and you’ll get rid of them. Bathrooms are a common problem spot. They are often wet and not well ventilated. Those create perfect conditions for mold and mildew to thrive. Dry the area after each use, and open a window to admit fresh air. If you do this you should not develop bathroom mold in the first place.

get rid of mold

How to Get Rid of Mold

[ 0 ] June 24, 2010

Some homeowners see mold and panic. They have no idea how to get rid of mold, and they go into panic mode. There’s no need to panic because it’s a common problem. However, dealing with the problem can be disgusting and difficult for some homeowners. Additionally, it is unsightly to see this disgusting stuff growing in your home.

Aside from its ugly appearance, mold actually can cause serious health risks. This doesn’t happen often, but it’s a possibility.

People exposed can often experience respiratory diseases, allergic reactions and in some cases, more severe health problems. Remember, this is unlikely to occur. The best thing you can do is get rid of the mold. Depending on the severity of the situation, you can possibly handle the job on your own.

Here are some important things to consider:

1.  Mold loves wet and warm areas. If your home has high humidity levels, you should take action to remove some of the humidity from the air. Doing this is easier than it sounds. Invest in a high-quality dehumidifier.
 
The machines can be purchased from home improvement stores, and are usually moderately priced. Some of them even measure the levels of humidity in your home. Levels between 30% to 50% are recommended. During the summer months, an air conditioner can work just as well as a dehumidifier.

2. If the mold problem is in a small area around the house, it can usually be cleaned with household cleaning products. A mixture of distilled vinegar and baking soda should get the job done.

Just apply the paste, let it sit and clean it away with a cloth or sponge. You can also try mold removal products available at your local hardware store. Open a window or door and air out the area when you’re done.

It is important that you wear protective clothing such as long sleeves, pants, masks and gloves to prevent exposure during your mold removal project. Breathing in mold spores or toxic chemicals can affect your breathing.

3. You cannot remove mold from porous materials such as the drywall, wallpaper, carpet, certain fabric and other porous surfaces. Some things just can’t be cleaned. If that’s the case, you’ll have to throw these items out.

You might be able to remove mildew from fabrics if you catch the problem soon enough. Otherwise, the stains are there to stay.

4. Check for mold problems in common trouble spots. Check the walls in your bathroom and underneath the sink. Check your shower curtain as well. Look for spots that indicate a water leak. Brown spots on the walls or a sagging ceiling could indicate a leak. If that’s the case, mold could grow where you’d never see it. Take care of any leaks as soon as possible.

If the problem is just too much to handle, call in the professionals. A professional mold removal service will know exactly how to get rid of mold. You’ll have to sit back, relax and let someone else take care of the problem.

Page 1 of 712345...Last »