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What Does Mold Smell Like?

Every home has its own unique smell. People have their unique smells, and this is just one of the many things that make us unique. It goes without saying that there are factors that can alter and affect these smells. Some can be attributed to the better and some can be attributed to the worse. One of the worst would be mold. Mold might not always be strong, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be left unattended. In fact, it should be tackled with the utmost efficiency.

Learning The Smell

One of the best and most efficient ways to tackle mold is by learning the smell and where to seek its presence. If you’ve done any research into the fungi, you’ve no doubt heard people describe it as musty. Others might describe it as earthy or meaty, similar to wet socks or rotten food. It’s not pleasant and can go pungent.

As mold accumulates and grows, it begins emitting gases. These gases are known as volatile organic compounds and this is where the real threat lies. In technical terms, it’s not just the fungi you smell, but it’s the very chemical makeup. Even more interesting, the substance releases different compounds during the different stages of growth.

Quality Air Testing

More and more is being uncovered about mold by the second, better equipping us to deal with it more effectively. Unfortunately, there is still a lot of misinformation out there. One of the biggest is that most people believe they can simply air out that musty smell. While cracking a window or turning on an exhaust fan might provide some immediate relief, it is not a permanent solution.

The best way to react is by reacting swiftly and effectively. If you start noticing musty smells in or around the home, you’ll want to get a quality air test done. This is something most duct cleaning and mold remediation companies are willing to do for free.

Household cleaners and air fresheners are other sought-out solutions most people turn to, but they should never be considered permanent options. Even an air purifier with the best HEPA filter will not completely remove the mold from your home.

Getting The Pros On The Scene

If you find that you constantly have to open windows, turn on fans, and introduce air fresheners in the air, something is wrong. Just because you’ve scoured every corner of your home and haven’t uncovered mold, it doesn’t mean it isn’t there. This is probably the most likely scenario since mold is attracted to dark, damp areas.

It can grow in between your walls, behind appliances, and even in your duct system, where you’d never think about looking. Therefore, an air quality test is the best way to detect presence in the home. You might not ever uncover the presence of mold in the home without a proper air quality test. All it takes is a simple phone call to get us out to the property to conduct testing.

Call our local office today to schedule your free home inspection, which includes a written quote.

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