Mold problems - leave it to an expert.

 What is the Difference Between Mold and Mildew?  Why Does it Matter?

What Do I  Do When it is There?  Can I Prevent It?

(By Harry Cannon, Mold Protection Services)

In earlier articles we discussed some symptoms of mold exposure, and what can be done to reduce it’s opportunity to grow.  Now I want to talk about what can be done when it is evident that mold is growing.  Many people ask me the question “what is the difference between mold and mildew, and does it matter”? Just like our children can share similar features, mold and mildew can do the same thing.  We have discussed that mold can come in a variety of colors including white, orange, red, green and black.   Both mold and mildew thrive on moist, warm areas, both indoors and outdoors. They can also each grow on virtually any surface.  Regardless, no homeowner likes to see either in his or her home. The differences in the size, color and texture of the spores can provide you with a good indication of whether they mold be mold or mildew.  White, powdery growth typically is a sign of very early spore growth and most likely to be mildew.  Mildew can usually be wiped off of the contaminated surface if caught quickly, and is less likely to result any health related issues.  Orange and red growth is more likely to be found outdoors on wood, mushrooms and other moist organic surfaces.Mold, on the other hand, can be black or green and is often the result of a much larger infestation. This type of fungus can appear almost "fuzzy", especially when it is found on food,  or even slimy in nature.  While “toxic” (usually black) mold is not common in homes that are regularly maintained, this form of mold can be dangerous to a person's health. Allergies, asthma, irritated eyes, skin rashes, headaches and even lung issues are the result of toxic mold that is breeding within a home. The key to treating mold and mildew is to wipe it out of your home immediately. Treating it accordingly will safeguard your home from permanent damage and keep you from experiencing a continual cycle of growth.  When mold growth gets to this stage, it is best to call someone knowledgeable in the proper identification, removal and treatment of these spores.
Mold Protection and Management Services is locally owned and been serving NE NC for over ten
years.  We have successfully dealt with residential and commercial issues stemming from minor interior growth ranging from attics, closets and crawl spaces to more serious growth caused by pipe breaks, roof leaks, flooding, and other issues.  We have developed relationships with area certified mold inspectors and demolition contractors when necessary to partner together to effectively mitigate the problem. Prevention, particularly this time of year, can be a key part of controlling mold growth.  You do not have to wait for growth to get bad before addressing the issue.  You can be proactive rather than reactive.  Decks, particularly composite decks, are common source of frustration for repeated growth.  MPMS offers prevention services to help minimize deck maintenance and keep things looking great for those wonderful summer outdoor experiences.
The best part for our local residents is that they do not have to call in firms from Virginia or Raleigh to address their growth issues.  However, whether it is MPMS or another firm, the most important thing is to get rid of this growth before it causes damage to your structure, your family, or both.  We can be reached at, and will be happy to answer your questions.

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