Like it or not, there is mold everywhere. Be it in the air we breathe or on some of the surfaces with which we come into contact. Despite how common mold may be in our world, efforts should still be made to avoid its presence–especially in your home–to avoid varying health effects, including nasal, throat, skin, and eye irritation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Those who are most prone to such symptoms are typically those with mold allergies or sensitivities or the immunocompromised. However, even if you and your family members don’t fall into this category, there’s another good reason to tend to the mold matters in your home: the smell.
What Makes Mold Smell?
Most people tend to know a mold or mildew smell when it wafts their way. That musty, sometimes pungent, odor is produced when mold spores feed on organic matter, such as wood, natural fibers, or paper, and then release water, carbon dioxide, and volatile organic compounds into the air. Mold prefers warm, dark, moist areas, making the musty mold smell most common in basements, bathrooms, and attics. Visible clues, such as dark spots, are an easy sign that mold is present, but it’s your nose that will catch on quickly to mold hiding out in places such as behind walls and near pipes.
Mold Smell Removal
Air fresheners and scented candles can mask musty mold smells, but to really rid yourself of the stinky stuff, you need to tackle mold at its source.
- Let your nose lead the way to where musty smells are strongest.
- Consider cleaning small areas of visible mold with over-the-counter products or a one-to-one bleach/water solution.
- Bleach doesn’t kill the mold source. If mold returns or the musty smell doesn’t go away, it’s best to call in mold remediation experts. They will assess the type of mold growing and the level of toxicity it contains. They’ll advise you on the best course of action for removing the mold and how to reduce or eliminate the source of the moisture problem.
- After a moisture problems is mitigated, address any lingering mold smells like the professionals. Accomplish this by renting an air purifier and deodorizer. Machines doesn’t cover up the smell, but instead breaks them down and eliminates them from your space.
Prevent Mold Smells
Preventing mold growth in the first place is the best way to keep your home free of musty mold odors. This means eliminating excess moisture using dehumidifiers, exhaust fans, and air conditioners. If weather allows, opening windows can help to increase air circulation and dry out damp areas.
You don’t have to live with the lingering odor of musty mold. Our experts are here to guide you toward a clean, safe, and mold-smell free environment. We provide professional services to keep your home safe and comfortable.
Black Mold Removal Service
What makes us qualified to help you?
At A&J Property Restoration DKI, we are a certified mold remediation company with more than 30 years of experience. Our mold remediation procedures follow all EPA and OSHA guidelines as well as industry standards defined by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), Restoration Industry Association (RIA), and other industry certification protocols.
Mold Remediation can occur in conjunction with an Environmental Consult or Certified Industrial Hygienist. We typically recommend some level of post remediation verification, PRV, for most projects.