As much as you welcome the warmer temperatures of spring as it arrives in Minneapolis, there are other things that celebrate it as well. With the warmer weather -- which is often also accompanied by an increase in the humidity and moisture -- the optimal conditions for breeding grounds for mold and mildew increase. Here's what you need to know about mold and mildew in Minneapolis this spring.
1. Mold and mildew are similar
Many people use the terms "mold" and "mildew" interchangeably. While there are alike in many ways, there are also important differences as well. Both are fungi but mildew is a disease that attacks plants.
2. Differences between mold and mildew
Mildew tends to be powdery, cottony and light. It is often white or gray in color. Mold, on the other hand, is often characterized by a furry or thick texture. It can be a variety of colors including red, green orange and black. Mildew tends to grow on plants. For example, you might have found some evidence of mildew on your house plants. Mold can be found anywhere that contains both moisture and a source of food for it to thrive.
3. Mold is highly visible
In most cases, mold is the substance that you see in your home. Because it feeds on organic materials -- and organic materials are what most building materials are comprised of -- when you see a growth inside your home on the walls, ceilings or floor, it is probably mold.
4. The presence of mold and mildew is problematic
Many people have the perception that mildew is not as serious of a growth as mold is. However, the existence of either within your living space means that there is an issue with the humidity and/or moisture levels in your home. Therefore, the presence of either growth means that you should do further investigation. Even if you only notice mildew along your shower grout, for example, or on your plant's leaves, it is likely that you have too much moisture within your home.
A & A Property Restoration knows how to handle mold and mildew. It is vital to refrain from accidentally spreading the mold spores from one area to another. This can make clean up and containment more challenging. For more guidance and information about mold or mildew, contact A & A Property Restoration.