Being in the property management industry for as long as I have, I’ve truly had the opportunity to see it all… No matter how fantastic, sad, or even downright gross the outcome is. If you’ve ever come across mold (or what you thought was mold), your first instinct was probably to get a professional opinion. Which isn’t a bad decision, but you then realize you could save time and money by doing some research on the topic. In this blog, we’ll discuss the differences between mold and mildew and when you should call a professional versus using bleach to disinfect the area yourself.
What’s the Difference Between Mold and Mildew?
The first and most obvious distinction between mold and mildew is visual appearance. Mildew is typically either white, gray or yellow and has a fluffy or powdered texture. On the other hand, mold is usually green or black and it develops a fuzzy or slimy consistency. While both mold and mildew can grow rapidly in warm, damp locations, they tend to grow on different objects. For example, mildew can be found on moist surfaces with high humidity such as bathrooms or basements. Mold is commonly found on foods such as strawberries, potatoes, cheese, bread, meat and even damp indoor/outdoor spaces that such as sheds, crawl spaces and garages.
Disinfect the Area Yourself or Hire a Professional?
As much as you may want to handle the mold situation yourself, you should leave it to the pros. Mold can create all sorts of health problems such as; respiratory issues, migraines, fatigue, heart complications among many other serious ailments. Mildew is a fungus that you should be able to eradicate with bleach and hefty scrubbing brush. But if you’re uncertain whether you’re dealing with mold or mildew, it is always best to receive professional input.
Living around mold for an extended period of time can be extremely detrimental to your overall well-being. Reed Property Management will thoroughly inspect your potential investment property for any sign of mold and report the severity of the issue to you if necessary.
For any information on how Reed Property Management can help you with a potential investment property, give us a call, and we’ll be happy to assist you every step of the way!