Mold vs. Mildew… One of the most commonly asked questions we receive is, “What’s the difference between mold and mildew?” These two types of fungi are similar in many ways: both of them flourish in moist environments. They both possess the capability to grow on a multitude of surfaces in your home, and they are both unsightly and unwanted by most homeowners. So how do you tell them apart? Is there really that big of a difference? Mildew is a typically green growth that is caused by microorganisms. It oftentimes is found in showers and bathrooms, and is normally thin and superficial. Mildew may look either powdery or downy, and usually grows in a flat pattern. Mildew is normally relatively easy to get rid of, and only causes illnesses in humans unless it is ingested or spreads across a large surface area. Mold is normally fuzzy or slimy in appearance. It can be many, many different colors and can produce large a much larger infestation than mildew. In the right conditions, mold has the capability to overtake an entire home, and can be very difficult to eradicate if not done properly. Some molds contain toxins called “mycotoxins,” which can cause allergic reactions and severe symptoms such as asthma, cough, rash, nosebleeds, and vomiting. If you’ve got a thin layer of something on your shower door, it’s probably mildew. If you’ve got a thick patch of something growing in your walls, basement, attic, or under your floorboards, you’ve got mold. Either way, both of these fungi can cause problems if left unattended in your home. Not only are they both displeasing, but they both have the potential to cause health problems and structural damage to your home. The only way to ultimately determine whether you have mold or mildew is to enlist the help of a professional. Their expert opinion will allow you to make informed decisions about eradicating the fungi from your home, and they will recommend the safest and most effective procedures for mold and mildew removal. If you believe that you have a mold or mildew problem, call one of our certified technicians and book your home inspection today.