The Difference Between Mildew And Mould

Mould and mildew are very similar fungi, but there are differences between them as well. For example, both fungi grow in damp and humid areas, but they can affect health and properties differently. Knowing the differences between mould and mildew is useful for knowing how to approach a mould infestation problem. Here’s what separates mould from mildew:

Where They Grow

Both mould and mildew can grow in damp areas in homes and outdoors. They need an organic food source, such as drywall, wood, plants, and soil.

Mould can grow on any organic surface in a home. Given enough time, mould can cause materials to rot and destroy the home’s structural components. Mildew grows mostly on plants and can kill them if not removed in time. Mildew is also the name of the plant disease caused by parasitic fungi.

Appearance

Mould is usually fuzzy or slimy, whereas mildew appears either powdery or downy. Downy mildew is yellow at first and turns to brownish yellow later on. Powdery mildew is white, and then turns yellow and black when it matures.

Mould appears as irregularly shaped spots that can have different colors – blue, green, yellow, brown, gray, black or white. Mildew usually grows in a flat pattern and appears as white, gray, or yellowish patches that turn black or brown over time.

Exposure Symptoms

Mould exposure can cause several health problems such as allergic reactions (sneezing, itchy eyes, runny nose, coughing, wheezing, irritation of the throat, rashes, etc.), respiratory problems (difficulty breathing, coughing, asthma attacks), heart problems, migraines, depression, and more. Mildew exposure poses fewer health risks – coughing, headaches, sore throat, and respiratory problems.

Benefits

Some moulds are beneficial. For example, Penicillium is used to make antibiotics and can also be used in the production of cheese and tofu. Mildew does not have any known benefits.

Prevention and Removal

As mould and mildew thrive in humid environments, it is important to keep properties dry to prevent growth. A dehumidifier should be used to keep humidity at 30-50%, and appliances should be ventilated. Here are more mould prevention tips.

Removing mould and mildew alone can be difficult and risky. For small infected areas – less than three square metres – on surfaces like walls, mould should be scrubbed with a mixture of household detergent and water. If the affected area is larger than three square metres, the safest and most efficient way to remove the mould is to call a mould remediation company. Here’s why DIY mould removal is not a good idea.

Mildew on plants can be removed by wiping the leaves gently with a dampened paper towel. After each wipe, the paper towel should be freshened. When all the paper’s parts have touched the mouldy surfaces, it should be replaced. Any leaves that still have mould visible on them must be cut off.

Among the many kinds of moulds that can grow indoors, black mould is one of the most infamous. Here are black mould removal tips. The Ibx Services team stands ready to provide professional restoration services to any property affected by fire, water or mould damage.

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IBX services. What You May Not Realize About Bathroom Remodeling and Water Damage.

When we make the decision to remodel our homes, it’s because we want positive change. For some, this is easily accomplished, but for others, changing up the old can reveal a dark, nasty mess underneath. In the case of bathroom remodels this is especially true. Homeowners who contract a remodeling project can find mold and water damage underneath layers of tile, in the plumbing, and even in the walls! This is no reason to delay your remodeling dreams! In fact, IBX Services loves handling projects like this because we are highly experienced in restoration services. We truly remodel the foundation and the surface of homes, especially the bathroom. A modern bathroom is not possible without comprehensive construction. We will clean up existing water and mold damage and we don’t stop there; we also take necessary steps to prevent future water and mold from wrecking your home. ​

Prevent Future Water, Mold, and Moisture From Damaging Your Home:

Showers and bathtubs: It is important that all tiles are formed together tightly. If there’s a crack or any unevenness, moisture is invited in to reside. While tiny cracks may not seem like much now, it stands the chance of harboring black mold. This goes for the caulking around the tub and shower areas. Sealing all these areas is specifically important.

Air flow: Proper ventilation is required to prevent excess moisture from building up. Allow proper air flow in your bathroom, by using your home air conditioner or a dehumidifier to offset the dampness. An exhaust fan is a must and making sure it’s appropriate for your area can help curb moisture in the air from steamy showers or baths.

Plumbing: Sealing your toilet, sinks, and faucets prevent water from constantly leaking out, which can lead to structural damage. This is crucial, but also, surveillance is required. We make sure you know where your pipes are located in the walls, in cabinets, and elsewhere so you can check for soft spots appearing on your paint or wallpaper, or on your vanity cabinets.

Let IBX Services Guide You Towards a Modern, Clean Bathroom

We are diligent in home improvement when it comes to bathroom remodeling and prevention of water damage. You should be too! IBX Services is always here to help. If you are considering a Do-It-Yourself bathroom remodel, know that water damage can become an issue. If you encounter any bumps along the way, whether from past damage or concerns with preventing future damage, IBX Services can always step in, clean up, and get the job done!

Don’t let water, mold, or moisture threaten your dream bathroom. Call us today or contact us online for a free estimate and start your bathroom remodeling adventure!

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How to prevent mould tips from Ibx Services

You’ve probably heard a lot about the risks of toxic household mould and about the costs of mould removal, but mould prevention is a topic discussed less frequently. If you know how to prevent mould growth, however, and take some relatively simple steps to prevent future problems, you can save yourself a lot of money and aggravation. After all, molud removal is costly, time consuming, and difficult!

The Importance of Mould Prevention

Household mould can contribute to numerous health problems, including respiratory difficulties such as asthma and pneumonia, rashes, depression, fatigue, digestive problems, and inflammation and pain in the joints. Mould can also literally eat away at the structures of the home, causing extensive damage. It’s extremely important to prevent the growth of mould in the home because most removal is a difficult and costly procedure. It’s easier to prevent mould in the first place than to remove it later.

How to Prevent Mould

The key to preventing mould is moisture control. Without excessive moisture in your home, mould cannot grow. Experts generally advise keeping the humidity levels in your home below 55%. You can use a hygrometer to monitor your humidity levels.

Give your home a thorough checkup to identify any issues that might contribute to future mould growth. Correct any problems as soon as possible.

  1. Fix leaks when they happen.
  2. Reduce humidity in your home.
  3. Make sure the ground slopes away from your house.
  4. Equip your home with mould-resistant materials.
  5. Clean up wet areas of your home.

If you follow these mould-prevention tips, there is a good chance you can avoid mould growth in your home. However, if you do spot it, call a professional mould removal company to deal with it properly so that it doesn’t happen again.

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What do I do when I discover mould in my house?

When a porous surface in your home is exposed to dampness and moisture, a breeding ground for mould will exist. After 36-48 hours, if not cleaned properly, mould can grow exponentially and become an even bigger problem. The best thing you can do is deal with mould as soon as you notice it in your home. This will save you time, money and health problems.

Molud can cause many serious health problems, especially serious respiratory issues. The reason why professional mould companies are in business is because they have the proper technology and equipment to deal with the mould in your home.

If you can see or smell the molud, mould testing is not necessary. The most important thing is to remove the mould quickly and properly. IBX Services can help you remove the mould from your home. We will give you a free estimate, complete the work quickly and properly and even give you a certificate of a mould-free area.

Conclusion

Mould can occur in areas of trapped or reoccurring moisture and can effect both your health and value of your property. Mould removal and remediation can address the issue and prevent further growth and contamination. If you’re not sure how to make the necessary repairs, hire a professional to assist you. It will be well worth the cost because you’ll save so much money in health care, home repair, and mould removal expenses down the road. IBX Services can effectively eradicate preexisting mould issues or apply structural drying, moisture detection and other elimination methods to prevent future mould growth.

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