What is the Difference Between Mold and Algae?


Owning a home is a huge success, but it is also a big responsibility. There are many things that can be harmful to your property. From water/fire damages to roof repairs, homeowners are constantly dealing with issues. An often forgotten preventive maintenance task is algae/mold remediation. Although very different, mold and algae can cause severe damage to your property. Read on to learn the differences between algae and mold, and most importantly, how to approach algae and mold removal.


What is Algae?

Algae is a natural occurring moss-like plant that spreads in the air. It most commonly grows on the northern parts of homes, where there is little to-no sun throughout the day. If untreated, algae will feed on additional dirt and continue to spread to other surfaces. Algae can be easily spotted around your home. Be sure to look for any greenish or blackish colors around your home.


Picture – Algae growth on vinyl siding


What is Mold?

Unlike algae, which is plant-like, mold is a fungus that grows and produces spores in damp, dark, and poorly ventilated areas. Once mold spores are formed, they quickly multiply and spread to areas such as siding and roofs. Homeowners who have mold allergies or asthma may experience symptoms such as scratchy eyes and throat, headaches, stuffy nose, and breathing issues. Mold can also be found in other dark areas such as crawl spaces, attics, and basements. Mold can be green and black in color. Black mold can be very harmful to your health.

Picture – Mold growth on a shingle roof


What To Do When You Spot Algae?

If you begin to see any signs of algae growth, it is important to clean the area as soon as possible. If left untreated, the algae can spread to other parts of the home, eventually causing long-term damage to the siding or roof. It is recommended that you routinely clean the exterior of your home or roof at least once a year to avoid future algae growth issues.


What To Do When You Spot Mold?

If you spot mold growth, it is highly recommended that you treat the area immediately. The most effective way in eliminating mold is to hire a professional power washing company. An experienced crew will clean, neutralize, and remove all mold spores with 100% biodegradable solutions. The cleaning solutions will also prevent the mold from returning.


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