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What’s the Difference Between Mold and Mildew?

Updated: Jun 17

What is Mold?


You’ve probably wondered “what is mold anyway?” and “why is mold so bad?” The reality is that mold is a fungi that grows multicellular structures. These structures are called hyphae which produce spores. This is the type of mold that most think of as it grows black or green on a surface. If you see this, you would benefit from mold and remediation. The different common mold types include:

  • Alternaria - grows on walls, showers, windows, and damp places

  • Aspergillus - most common mold found indoors

  • Cladosporium - Grows on fabrics, carpets, curtains and wood surfaces

  • Penicillium - Found on carpeting, wallpaper, insulation, and mattresses

  • Stachybotrys Chartarum - AKA black mold, found around pipes and ducts. If you see this, call Air Methods Environment for black mold mitigation and black mold treatment.



What is Mildew?


Mildew grows flat and thrives on damp surfaces. Items like paper, fabrics and other organic materials are just a few of the places that mildew likes to grow. Common mildew types include:

  • Powdery mildew - mainly found on flowering plants

  • Downy mildew - commonly found in agricultural products like grapes and potatoes



The Perfect Equation for Mold

Mold needs moisture in order to thrive. Places like refrigerators, showers, and pipes are the perfect destination for mold to make a home in. What you need to know is that the mold needs to be evicted as soon as possible to avoid potential health risks. Time to mold clean!



Call the Mold Experts at Air Methods!



If you notice potential mold growth in your home, call a medical professional right away to get help. Additionally, contact Air Methods Environmental to schedule an asbestos air monitoring, household mold removal, lead testing, or asbestos air testing. Contact us today at (541) 668 - 1848 or fill out the form here.



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