Mold Vs. Mildew
The word mildew is often thrown around as an interchangeable reference to mold; however, although they are both microscopic fungi, they are different species. It is the difference in the species that makes all the difference as it relates to toxicity. Commonly seen mold in a bathroom that grows in a flat pattern is most likely mildew. As with all fungi or mold, they are attracted to areas of excessive moisture where they can feed on organic substances, such as wood, drywall, dead skin cells, etc... Mold in the bathroom is understandable if the excess moisture from showering is not properly ventilated out. An adequate bathroom ceiling fan is an efficient means of controlling moisture as is running a dehumidifier. If you observe a small amount of flat growth mold on your bathroom shower door or in the caulking, it can easily be treated with common products purchased from your local hardware store.
If the growth pattern is different, with dark discolorations on ceiling or walls, or discoloration showing through vinyl flooring, it is indicative of a larger moisture problem, and a different species of mold. A mold remediation specialist like SERVPRO of South Durham and Orange County can properly address the moisture issue and remediate the mold in a safe manner according to standards established by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). This will assure that your home or work place is returned to a state of normal fungal ecology.