Understanding the Difference Between Mold and Mildew

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Many times, we are asked the difference between mold and mildew; their appearance, the effects they have on health, and the best ways to clean and remove.  Mold and mildew are both types of funji and similar in many ways but today we’re going to focus on the differences that surround the two.

Learn More: Safety Tips for Dealing with Mold in Your Home


Appearance:  Mold can vary in color and usually has a fuzzy or slimy appearance and is often the result of a large infestation.

Effects on Health: Excessive exposure to high levels of specific mold strains can cause the following effects to your health (mold advisor).

  • difficulty breathing
  • coughing
  • sneezing
  • sore throats
  • migraines
  • sinus infections
  • pneumonia
  • extreme fatigue

Appearance: Mold is a surface fungi that is lying on the surface of a moist area.

Effects on Health: Common health effects of mildew exposure can include the following.

  • coughing
  • sore throat
  • headaches
  • difficulty breathing

Be In The Know: Tips and Trick to Avoid Bathroom Mold

Cleaning and Removing Mold and Mildew

Wondering if the mold or mildew in your home should be taken care of by yourself or if a professional mold remediation company?  Well then this video is for you! Listen along as the question “When to call a pro vs. cleaning up the mold yourself” is answered.

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