Mold and mildew can set in at any time, even with the constant upkeep of your home. Somehow, it can still find a way to target moisture and take its course. Bathrooms and basements are particular targets for this reason. Before we get into ways to find mold and mildew, let’s get into the differences between the two.
What’s the Difference Between Mold and Mildew
In order to spot a problem area in your home, you first need to know what it is you should be looking for. Mold is typically green, brown, or black, and can grow rather quickly, often having a fuzzy appearance. Mildew is normally gray or white in color and develops into thin layers often resembling powder. Both mold and mildew should be cleared away to prevent future growth that may potentially cause additional problems.
Are Mold and Mildew Dangerous?
Both can be dangerous depending on the type and amount of mold or mildew you encounter. Most healthy individuals would likely experience minor respiratory issues, while those who already have respiratory issues like asthma run the risk of serious complications.
Many people who have seasonal allergies also have a reaction caused by mold or mildew, experiencing sneezing, coughing, sore throat, runny nose, and more.
How to Find Mold and Mildew?
Be sure to thoroughly investigate all areas of your home and not just those that you would normally consider damp. Luckily, mold and mildew clean up are fairly easy. By using a little bit of elbow grease and diluted bleach, a soft-bristled scrub brush will usually do the trick.
Remember, although it’s common to find slight mold or mildew in damp areas (like a poorly ventilated shower), mold or mildew found in parts of your home that aren’t normally damp is often the sign of serious trouble. Whether it be a leaking pipe or a rainwater seepage, an unexpected plumbing issue is often the source of mold or mildew build-up.
If you’re finding mold or mildew caused by an underlying issue, contact Action Plumbing today to find out more about how we can help you get your problem resolved quickly. Don’t ignore the signs of a serious problem. Action Plumbing is ready to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!