If you see a white or yellow film starting to form in areas of your home where moisture levels are higher than normal, then you could be experiencing a mildew problem. Although it rarely causes structural damage, it can have an effect on the health of your occupants.
Instead of attempting to remediate the mildew yourself, call the professionals who can help you out! We have made our mark in South Florida as the company who can respond quickly and get your property back up and running in no time!
First Call 24/7 is a full service restoration contractor who understands the proper way to remove mildew from your property. Certified by the IICRC we have been servicing the Ft. Lauderdale and South Florida areas since 2005. In these past ten years we have seen thousands of mildew cases, and guess what? They are all different.
Difference between Mold & Mildew
It is quite common to get mold and mildew confused with each other. Since we get this question a lot from our clients, let’s take a little bit of time to review.
Both mold and mildew can appear green depending on the stage of development. However, mildew will typically begin as a white film and will graduate to a greenish yellow, yellow, black or brown substance. It grows and spreads in a flat pattern as well. In addition, mildew will either appear wet or will have a powdery consistency. Mold will never appear wet.
Mold on the other hand, has a more fuzzy appearance. It can appear blue, green grey or black. Mold at times can appear white as well.
Both mold and mildew cause hazardous conditions to the health of exposed occupants. Even though mildew causes milder conditions, it still needs to be properly remediated.
Mildew is known for causing respiratory issues such as trouble breathing, coughing and sneezing. People are also known for experiencing headaches and sore throat from chronic exposure.
Mold is much more severe depending on the type, and can cause everything from the mildew list as well as extreme fatigue, sinus infections, pneumonia, migraines and allergic reactions. It can also cause rashes, hives, depression or inflammation of the joints.
There are zero benefits to having mold or mildew present in your property. Outside of science (such as using mold for types of cheese or medical cures such as penicillin) Mold and mildew need to be removed from your property.
How to Clean Mildew
Cleaning mildew is very similar to remediating mold. Proper personal protective equipment such as respirators need to be used as well as rubber gloves. You also essential to make sure that any and all affected areas are fully contained and proper ventilation present.
When addressing a mildew issue, you want to bring in a certified restoration contractor that understands where the hidden areas mildew can hide, as well as the proper identification of ruined materials. When you work with First Call 24/7, we make sure we save as many contents as possible, but will check materials such as carpet, carpet padding, upholstery and drywall to make sure they can be cleaned. In the rare case that the mildew has spread too much, we will assist in the proper and safe removal.
First Call 24/7 will also provide the right cleaning solutions for the project. Many of the DIY chemicals available to consumers are toxic and hazards to your health. When you choose First Call 24/7, not only will we arrive fast, but we will come equipped with environmentally safe cleaning solutions to get the job done. This way it does not throw off the balance of your indoor air quality, and we can still effectively remove the mildew.
Choose First Call for Mildew Removal Services
First Call 24/7 is fully equipped to handle any sized mildew remediation project. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Servicing the Ft. Lauderdale and South Florida area since 2005, we have seen thousands of mildew cases and have been able to remediate them quickly and effectively.
Do not leave your mildew mitigation project to just anyone. Even more, do not attempt to remediate the mildew yourself! The occupants of your property deserve the ability to breathe easily. First Call 24/7 will not only be able to identify the source of moisture that is causing the mold, but we can protect your building materials from future mildew growth.
Give us a call at 1-866-637-9669 for your no-obligation mildew remediation estimate!