Is there a difference between Mold and Mildew?
Mildew refers to certain kinds of mold; “mildew” is a generic word frequently used to refer to mold, usually with flat growth. Mildew often lives on shower walls, windowsills, and other places where moisture levels are high.
Molds include all species of microscopic fungi. Molds can thrive on organic matter, including clothing, leather, paper, and the ceilings, walls and floors of homes with moisture management problems. They generate a strong musty odor, especially where the moisture levels are high.
They are a natural part of the environment and can be found everywhere- indoors and out. Mold is not usually a problem until it begins growing indoors. The best way to control mold growth is to control moisture. Molds can also have a big impact on indoor air quality.
During a flood or other water damage, the indoor air quality in your home or office may appear to be the least of your problems. However, failure to remove contaminated materials and to reduce moisture and humidity can present serious long-term health risks. Standing water and wet materials are a breeding ground for viruses, bacteria, and mold. They can cause health effects, and continue to damage materials long after the water is gone.