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Our licensed staff at American Restoration Water & Fire has seen their share of mold in homes after water damage has occurred. But how do you know if you have mold or mildew? The International Center for Toxicology and Medicine estimates that over 70% of homes in the U.S. contain some sort of mold. Usually, this comes from spaces in your home with a lot of moisture, like leaky roofs, windows, pipes, or areas where there’s been flooding.

Health Effects: If not treated swiftly, mold exposure can lead to allergic responses such as sneezing, mouth and nose irritation and shortness of breath. Mildew, while also capable of triggering these symptoms, is generally less harmful and poses fewer health risks.

Habitat and Appearance: Like mold, mildew thrives in warmer, moist areas and can grow on various surfaces, including walls, ceilings, wood, or carpet. However, they do differ in appearance. Mold is usually fuzzy and black, grey, or green but can be almost any color. Mildew is identified as a patch of gray or white.

Types of Each: There are various species of mold, including black mold, known for its extreme health hazards. Mildew, on the other hand, is a single type of mold/surface fungi.

Growth Rate and Remedying: Mold often needs professional cleanup, while mildew can be easily wiped away due to it being surface lying. Mold also grows at a much more rapid pace.

While both mold and mildew are fungi that thrive in damp environments, their health effects, habitats, appearances, specific types, and growth rates all differ.

All of our technicians and site managers are certified in mold remediation by ACME Environmental (#071713-6). We can safely and effectively remove dangerous mold from your property.

Don’t risk your health or the health of your family. If you suspect mold or mildew growing in your home or business, call American Restoration Water & Fire today!