Mildew refers to certain kinds of mold or fungus. The term mildew is often used generically to refer to mold growth, usually with a flat growth habit. Molds include all species of microscopic fungi that grow in the form of multicellular filaments, called hyphae. Learn more about mold at www.epa.gov/mold.
What causes mildew in a house?
Though molds are always present in the air, those that cause mildew need moisture and certain temperatures to grow. Molds that cause mildew flourish wherever it is damp, warm, poorly lighted and/or where air is not circulated — in cellars, crawl spaces of houses without basements and clothing closets.
How do I prevent mold and mildew in my house?
How to Prevent Mold and MildewKeep Healthy Humidity Levels. Mold and mildew thrive in a humid environment, so it is important to keep your humidity levels down. Fresh Air. Use Green Cleaning Products. Dry Wet Areas. Keep Indoor Plants.
Can you get sick from mildew in your house?
In some cases, mold in your home can make you sick, especially if you have allergies or asthma. Whether or not youre allergic to molds, mold exposure can irritate your eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs. Heres what you can do to combat mold problems, and take care of yourself and your home.