What's the Difference Between Mold vs. Mildew

At The BrickKicker, we know it might be difficult to know the difference between mold vs. mildew when it comes to appearance as well as mold vs. mildew smell. We’re here to help you become an expert on spotting mildew vs. mold whether you find it on your ceiling, floor, showers, and other locations! As you compare mildew vs. mold, you’ll note that mildew is a type of mold or fungus. Checkout our environmental inspection services just in case you may need some mold testing conducted.

Mildew vs. Mold: Where Do They Form?

When it comes to mold vs. mildew, it’s important to understand that mold is a microscopic fungi that forms and thrives in organic matter. What’s organic matter? Well, it can be a lot of things, such as ceilings, walls, clothes, floors, leather, and anywhere else that has moisture management issues. Mildew on the other hand can be found in places with severely high moisture levels such as shower walls and windowsills.

But what about the mold vs. mildew smell? Mildew that is formed in unaired places or poorly ventilated places like basements can be the perfect place for strong, smelly odor to form.

Mildew vs. Mold: What Do They Look Like?

You’ll be able to tell the difference between mold vs. mildew smell and it’s appearance. Mildew will not only be lying on top of a surface, but it will be grey or white. Luckily for you, mildew can be cleaned with a strong store bought cleaner and a hard bristle scrubbing brush.

Mold is a lot trickier. Mold can come in black or green, and infest a larger area. Knowing the difference between Black mold vs. mildew is extremely important! Oftentimes, mold will appear to be fuzzy or slimy when found in different areas. Mold is extremely difficult to handle, but our Mold Testing is the service to use to remove that pesky mold.

Pointing at Mildew on Wall

Black Mold vs. Mildew

The biggest difference between black mold vs. mildew is the effects that come each of them appear. Black mold can damage homes and vehicles from the inside out while also destroying the people within. Black mold can cause fatigue, trigger allergies, respiratory issues, migraines, and more.

Explore Our Professional Services at The BrickKicker!

Contact us at The BrickKicker when you suspect you might have mold or mildew growing. Be sure to see which location you’re closest to!

The BrickKicker COVID-19 Response 

The outbreak of COVID-19 has impacted businesses and markets all across the globe.

At The BrickKicker, our reputation has continued to stand tall during these times of uncertainty just as it has over the last 30 years. We continue to strive for highest regards to transparency and reliability, ensuring our customers will continue to count on us. With that, it is important for us to share how we are managing our business during these uncertain times.

First and foremost, we will continue to be laser focused on monitoring all WHO, CDC & DOC broadcasts to a) guarantee The BrickKicker is contributing to keeping our community safe & healthy and b) to take advantage of additional resources available to offer comfort to our employees and clients alike.

Our team at The BrickKicker will remain committed to delivering full operational support throughout the weeks and months ahead. For the continued safety of all our employees and staff, we are still asking to keep the number of those attending the inspection to a bare minimum, if any at all. Our inspectors are equipped with SentriLock access (with proper agent approval) and take plenty of photos during the inspection to produce a very detailed report. Oh, and no need need to be a worry of missing valuable information or stress over deadlines, our team is great about getting the reports out within 24 hours or often the same day.

Each inspector will be disinfecting all tools, self and vehicles after each inspection and may even wear gloves and masks on sight. This will help ensure we minimize the spread of this disease as much as possible.

In addition, our staff is fully available as if we never shut down, via phone or website to answer any questions that come up once reviewing the inspection report. The inspection is often an educational session, we must not lose sight of this. To make things as efficient and safe as possible, our inspection agreement and payment can be made electronically, via the confirmation email that went out upon booking.

We wish to remind our clients that we have a full service team supporting all your needs and it is the strength of our team that will allow us to continue to maintain our high service levels in the months ahead.

In fact, The BrickKicker isn’t stopping here to service our customers during this difficult time. We have expanded our availability and will assist with pricing concerns as they arise in order to keep services going. 

Despite taking all precautions, we strongly recommend our clients to contact us in regards to changing inspection dates in the short term, and to provide us with any questions they have up front so that we can ensure all gets answered by the time the report is delivered.

Finally, please do not hesitate to contact me via email or call with any requests or questions you may have.

Thank you,


Andrew Fox