Mildew Control and Removal

Mildew Control

Mildew Control and Removal

Mildew is a thin, often whitish to bluish-green growth produced by molds on many surfaces. Molds are simple plants belonging to the group known as fungi. Though molds are always present in the air, those that cause mildew only need moisture and a certain temperature in order to grow.

Molds that cause mildew to flourish in areas that are damp, warm, poorly lighted or where air is not circulated: basements and crawl spaces of houses. They also grow on draperies, rugs and shower curtains -- anything from which they can get enough food. This includes cellulose products such as cotton, linen, wood, paper and protein substances such as silk, leather and wool.

In addition to an unpleasant musty odor, molds and mildew cause considerable damage if permitted to grow. They discolor fabrics and sometimes eat into them until the fabrics rot and fall apart. Leather, paper and wood also become discolored and are eventually damaged by mold and mildew.

The first step in mildew control is to try to control the dampness inside the home. Cooking, laundering and bathing, without adequate ventilation, adds three gallons of water to the air everyday. Dampness in any structure is caused by condensation of moisture from humid air onto cooler surfaces. Excessive moisture collection may mean that a corrective measure is needed in the crawl space or basement.

Mildew Removal

All objects effected by mildew in poorly lighted and air circulated areas, basement and crawl space would have to be cleaned and then treated with fungicide solution using full scale containment from the rest of the house. The air exchange equipment with HEPA filters would have to be installed in contained area during the process of mildew removal.