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Mold vs Mildew

Often, we use the words mold and mildew interchangeably. Mold and mildew are words that are thrown around anytime we see dark spots growing on a surface. However, what is the difference between the two of them? This is what we want to help you with. Having seen a lot of mold and mildew on houses, we know a thing or two about mold and mildew and the differences between them. There are several similarities between the two for instance they are both fungi that grow in moist and warm climates. Here is the breakdown between the two of them:


In short mildew is a form of mold. In many aspects it’s easy to point out when you’ve got mildew growing. The biggest distinguishing factor is that mildew is a powder. This means that if you can easily wipe it off the surface and, on the rag, there is a powder, you’ve got yourself mildew growing in or on your home. Another indicator that it is mildew is the color of it. Grey or white is the general color of mildew.


When you have mold in or on your home there are a couple of distinct characteristics that you will see regarding make categorizes as true mold. One distinct factor is the color. Mold typically comes in the colors of black, yellow, or green. Additionally, you’ll see one of two textures with it, incredibly fuzzy or very slimy.

There are several health issues that come when you have mold in your home. If you can’t see mold in your home but are experiencing these symptoms, then you may need to call a mold mitigator. Here are some symptoms:

  • • Brain Fog
  • • Fatigue
  • • Aches and Pains in the Joints
  • • Eye irritation
  • • Shortness of Breath

Often you can see it growing just on the exterior of the home. This comes with the territory in many states that are humid because it is the prefect condition for mold and mildew to grow. Therefore, if you have either growing on the exterior of your home, call us today! We specialize in cleaning the exterior of homes in a way that ensure the killing of any growth that may be going on. Along with that, we don’t use power washing but instead use soft washing to be sure that your home is never damaged. Fill out the online form today!

By Wilson's Power Washing and Sealing 2-12-2019


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