Q. What is the difference between mold and mildew?

  • Mold and mildew are similar in many ways – they are both a type of fungi, both tend to be found in moist and warm areas in homes and they can both grow on a variety of surfaces from organic sources like food to the paper on drywall inside of your home.
  • Mildew tends to be a surface fungus that can be identified as a flat patch of gray or white fungus.
  • Mold can be black and green but can also come in a variety of colors and tends be the results of a larger infestation. Mold also has hyphae or roots that can penetrate porous substrates like drywall or wood.

Q. What causes mold?

A. Most common causes of mold:

  • Humidity
  • Condensation
  • Water leaks
  • Lack of ventilation or lack of air movement
  • Organic food source like paper, clothing, food though it can also feed on dust

Q. What does mold look like?

Q. What does mold look like?

Q. How long does it take mold to grow or spread?

A. It takes about 24 to 48 hours for mold to grow. Spores will colonize within 3 to 12 days and can become visible in about 18-21 days.

Q. What health effects are associated with mold?

A. Exposure to mold may cause a number of health effects or none at all depending on your sensitivity level to mold.

Symptoms of mold exposure include:

  • Nasal stuffiness
  • Throat irritation
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Eye irritation
  • Skin irritation
  • Asthma attacks
  • Lung damage

Q. What can mold do to your home?

A. Mold that takes over a home has a profound effect on the price of the home. A real estate agent knows that a moldy home will not sell for a high price, and a potential buyer may not be willing to offer a high price for the house. Some mortgage institutions will not lend on a property affected with a mold issue. Other than the potential health risks associated with mold, the bigger concern should be why you have mold in the first place. Leaking or bust pipes, leaking roof, high moisture or water intrusion in a living or basement space. Water can cause damage to clothing, furniture, electronic equipment and cause wood or structural damage to the home.

Q. How long does it take to remove mold?

A. A typical mold remediation either for an attic or basement should not take longer than a day. Factors that impact the time frame to complete the job are personal items that may need to be cleaned and cleared from the area to remediate. The other issue is to fix the primary reason why you have mold growth in the first place, such as leaking pipes or a leaking roof. You would want to fix that first.