Mold and Mildew

What’s the Difference Betw …

Mold and mildew have a lot of similarities. They look similar to one another and can exist next to each other. They both grow in damp environments like bathrooms and basements. Both can contaminate unprotected food. However, mold and mildew have a few key differences, and those differences matter because they change the strategy that you’ll need to get rid of them. Let’s take a closer look at the difference between mold and mildew.

Mildew

Mildew takes up more space than mold, and instead of sinking into a surface, it usually sits on top. As a result, it’s easier to kill. You’ll know almost immediately whether or not you’ve gotten rid of all of it. A lot of regular household cleaning products can do the trick, and many of those products were made specifically with mildew in mind. However, mildew can be challenging because it usually comes in a white or gray color, which may make it harder to spot. Mildew can hide on a white shower curtain, for example, for a long time before you realize that it’s there.

Mold

Mold, on the other hand, is easier to spot and more difficult to remove. It takes up less surface area than mildew does, but mold goes deep instead of wide. It won’t just sit on top of the basement walls. Instead, its roots will grow into cracks. If any mold is left behind during the cleaning process, it will just keep growing when introduced to moisture. This green or black substance can also be toxic, and even the non-toxic variety can cause health problems. Mold allergies are extremely common, causing hives, itchy eyes, and nasal issues. Mold can also cause breathing problems in those who suffer from asthma.

The Biggest Similarity

The most important thing that mold and mildew have in common is, of course, the fact that you want them both out of your house as soon as possible. Both mold and mildew can pose health issues. Not only that but the longer they go ignored, the worse they get. Both mold and mildew spores can spread, making clean up a nightmare.

That’s why we’re here to help. Soil-Away is an expert cleaning company that handles everything from fire damage to construction. We’re a family-owned company, dedicated to keeping you and your family safe and healthy. Our IICRC certified experts are trained to remediate mold, not just clean the surface. Are you ready for a safer, cleaner home? Contact us now to get started or call 603-641-6555.

 

Citations:

Mold vs mildew differences: https://www.hgtv.com/remodel/interior-remodel/mold-vs-mildew

Mold and health problems: https://www.cdc.gov/mold/dampness_facts.htm

Basement Flooding

How We Handle Basement Flood …

Disaster comes in a variety of packages; it could be a burst pipe, a recent storm, or a sewer backup. In any case, basement flooding is no joke. Standing water can bring bacteria and other toxins like mold and mildew into your home, putting your family’s health at risk. Furthermore, the effects of water damage can stay in your home for a long time, ruining carpets and furniture beyond repair. At Soil-Away, we’re no strangers to basement flooding, and we’ve honed a quick and thorough process that will make your home clean and dry again.

Your Basement Flooding Plan

We’ll get to work right away. First, we find the source of the flooding so that we can put a stop to the water damage. Different types of flooding bring different types of damage, which means that the type of flooding will dictate our restoration plan. Once we’ve made a plan, we’ll keep you updated and get your approval before moving forward.

Water Damage Restoration

Next, we’ll put that plan into action. Using the latest water removal technology, we’ll extract the water, getting rid of the basement flooding. Although this part of the process is important, you’re not in the clear just yet. The risk of toxic mold remains in your basement. We respond to this risk by drying and salvaging everything that we can save. For instance, anything we can restore we dry-out and move into a storage facility. After the dry-down, we’ll carefully check for hidden pockets of moisture that can lead to mold and other biohazards and make sure to address them immediately. Basement flooding and water damage removal services are also accompanied by cleaning and sanitization of the affected areas. If we find anything contaminated or affected by the flooding, our premium cleaning methods are able to salvage the majority of items.

Final Steps

Once we’ve sanitized and dehumidified your basement, we’ll perform a final inspection. We believe in double-checking because we know that if we leave any issues behind, it can affect your home for a long time. Once we’ve performed our own inspection, we’ll make sure our job lives up to your standards. We’ll walk you through the basement, go over the restoration process, and answer any final questions you may have. Finally, we’ll also help you process your insurance claim. Our photos from the drying and cleanup process will help you make your claim quickly so that you and your family can move on.

Don’t Delay

The longer you allow basement flooding to stand, the greater your risk of health hazards and permanent damage. Time is of the essence, so act quickly and let us help you get your home back to its pre-flood state as soon as possible. Call now at (603)-641-6555.

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