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Is There Mold Or Mildew in Your Palm Beach County Home?

10/4/2018 (Permalink)

Knowing the difference between mildew and mold can save homeowner's time and money. Call a professional today!

Your Palm Beach home has recently experienced water damage from possibly a burst pipe, overflown tub or sink, or even a flooded carpet. You also might have already called an emergency services restoration company (hopefully it was SERVPRO) to perform water extraction and remediation. A week goes by and you begin to notice a musty, damp smell in your house. An immediate thought for most residents might be mold. But could it be mildew as well?

Both mold and mildew are members of the fungi family, which thrive in warm, moist areas or surfaces. They can both grow on a multitude of surfaces, especially in a home that has undergone water removal and cleanup. With one being significantly less pesky or harmful, there are ways to identify mold from mildew. As a Palm Beach County homeowner, knowing the difference is vital. 

If the affected ares are noticeable, look at the color and patches in which the mold or possible mildew is growing. Mildew tends to be patchy in grey or white colors, while mold can appear black or green and in larger amounts. 

Should either nuisance be hidden from sight, there are ways to test the problem.  

1. Mold Testing Kits

These kits include air tests, surface or bulking tests. Each kit can help you test for mold in a home, to determine whether it is mildew or truly a more serious matter. 

2. Professional Testing

While there are some at-home mold testing kits that are useful, nothing surpasses the expertise and experience of a mold professional. Calling in a mold specialist to perform a mold inspection to a home or business, ensures the guarantee they will detect mold or mildew correctly. A mold expert will also pinpoint the source and recommend a way to mitigate the affected area damage and remove it from your home.

Call a certified mold specialist at SERVPRO of West Palm Beach to schedule your home or business inspection today! (561)-795-5410

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