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Professional Mold Remediator Explains the Difference Between Mold and Mildrew

Mold and mildew are used to describe fungi growing on surfaces. Ask any professional mold remediator and they will tell you that the difference between mold and mildew is in their appearance and the surfaces that they grow on. Mold is generally thicker and black, red, blue or green in color while mildew is lighter, powdery and is either gray or white. Both mold and mildew will grow in moist and warm places, however, mildew is commonly found in showers, on fabric, or on paper, and mold is found on food and in walls.

In plant science, there are 2 kinds of mildew, which are downy and powdery. Powdery mildew is frequently found on roses and other plants which flower, and looks like white or gray splotches. It is created by a type of fungus known as Ascomycota. Downy mildew comes from the oomycota fungus and can be found in agricultural products like potatoes and grapes. Its appearance, however, does vary from plant to plant, with some common indications such as distortions and leaf spots, downy patches and crystalline spores which closely resemble sugar.

Mold looks somewhat fuzzy or slimy, depending on what type it is. A heavy mold can often look very similar to a plant growth. Some surfaces which are covered by mold will begin to rot. Mold can be different colors also. On walls or ceilings, some types look like odd-shaped spots of gray or black.

Some molds contain toxins known as mycotoxins which often cause an allergic reaction or other illness in people. Symptoms of this can include headaches, coughing, and asthma. Eye and throat irritations could also occur due to breathing in these mold toxins. Molds are not always dangerous, as penicillin was created by the same form of mold. For more information on our mold control services, please call Peek Mold Control in Lawrenceville, Ga now at (770) 336-6076.

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