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Mildew vs Mold: What is the Difference??

12/5/2020 (Permalink)

When it comes to mildew vs mold, SERVPRO of Tracy homeowners often have trouble identifying the differences between two fungi.

Many people might say," It's mildew , not mold".

The truth is both are fungi and both are necessary for our environment. But not in our bodies or our homes. To answer the question, mildew is mold in it's early stages.

Mold can grow fast. It can take only 24 to 48 hours for it to grow. In 1 to 12 days mold can colonize and grow fast.

Mold can come from many sources, some you may not have even thought of. 

Here are a few examples:

  • Damp Basement/crawl space
  • Over Flows from sinks and tubs
  • Flooding, leaks
  • High Humidity
  • Steam Cooking
  • Dryer Vents
  • Humidifiers

So keep the mold outside where it's needed for soil and leaves to break down.

So now you know. Keep it out of your home and call the professionals at SERVPRO of Tracy - 209-834-0200. We have the training and chemicals to help you.

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