What is the difference between mildew and mold?
Many times we get asked the question of what is the difference between mildew and mold?
Mildew: A thin whitish coating consisting of minute fungal hyphae, growing on plants or damp organic material such as paper/leather or a white substance that grows on the surfaces of things in wet, warm conditions
Mold: Is a fungus that grows in the form of multicellular filaments called hyphae. (Wikipedia)
So as you see Mold and Mildew both consists from fungal growth and mildew and mold share the same similarities but are not the same kind of fungus, mildew is grey or white film as mold is thick and sticky but can also come in variable colors, shapes, and sizes and consist of 100,ooo different types. Both types can thrive from moisture and high humidity. Mold and mildew both come from tiny spores that are carried through the air.
Now Problems caused by mold and mildew are two different things, Mold causes structural damage which can occur over time or with a lot of moisture and high humidity in a very short time. Mold can also cause a lot of health issues. Where mildew causes more damage to plants more than a structure but can still cause health problems.
Common health problems from mold can consist anywhere from mild effects like allergies to huge health problems like pneumonia, hives, breathing problems and so on. Mildew health problems is lesser with just sore throat, headaches, coughing, breathing problems.
We recommend keeping a dehumidifier running during the summer months and if your home has a stone basement it may be necessary to run a dehumidifier year round to keep the humidity levels below 50% and the lower the better to help prevent mold or mildew growth.
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