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We all know mold in our Northern Virginia homes is bad for many reasons, but many Washington DC area homeowners are unaware of the differences between mold and mildew. Knowing what makes them different can be the difference between life and death in some cases.
Since both mold and mildew are fungi, they can be difficult to tell apart for many people. However, even though both mold and mildew are fungi, they prefer different environments for growth. Each type of fungus has different textures and colors, as well as locations in your Northern Virginia homes.
Unbeknownst to most people, mildew is type of mold. But so are hundreds of other types of fungi. Mildew also grows in many different species, but basically is broken into two types powdery and downy. Powdery mildew is found on flowering plants and downy mildew is often found on agricultural plants like grapes.
Usually both mold and mildew are found in areas of the home that are moist, dark and warm. Bathrooms, attics and basements are ideal places, as are closets and cabinets. Both types of fungi, mold and mildew, are found growing in a variety of colors, but typically mildew is white or gray. Normally, mold is black, brown, green or a combination of those colors.
Since both mold and mildew grow from tiny spores floating in the air, it is nearly impossible to eradicate them from your Northern Virginia home completely. In high enough concentrations, both mold and mildew can be dangerous, especially for those with allergies, breathing problems or otherwise compromised immune systems.
Identifying if the fungus growing in your home is mold or mildew is important for mold remediation projects. If you have mildew, a mold remediation process is likely unnecessary. To be certain if what you see is mold or mildew, contact the mold testing and mold remediation specialists at Victory Mold Remediation. Serving all of the Washington DC metro area, and all of Northern Virginia, our team of experts at Victory Mold Remediation can put your mind and ease and protect your health from the dangers of mold and mildew.