Mold Smell in Your Home

So you’ve noticed a strange odor or mold smell in your house and you have questions. Does that musty smell mean I have mold? What does mold smell like anyway? And what should I do now?

Mold is naturally occurring in the air and is virtually everywhere. It becomes an issue when it is able to attach to surfaces in your home and reproduce. When you can smell mold, you know that this is happening.

Mold often has a pungent, musty smell—the smell of “dampness.”

You may be tempted to cover up the odor with a scented candle or air freshener, but that’s a temporary fix.

Do-it-yourself cleaning can be effective and can even mask the odor. But it can be difficult to identify and eliminate all mold spores. Unless you correct the underlying cause of the moisture, the mold—and the mold smell—will return.  

You May Smell The Mold Before You See It

A smell can be one of the first signs of mold and can become apparent before the mold ever becomes visible, if it becomes visible at all.

If you can smell mold, but can’t see it, there is a good chance you have issues in hidden areas such as behind baseboards & trim, inside air ducts or underneath floors. Another common issue is musty crawlspace air entering the home through cracks and gap.

Dangerous Mold and Odor

There are over a million varieties of mold, none of which can be distinguished by smell.

That means you can’t identify black mold or dangerous mold by odor alone. Whatever the variety, all types of mold produce Volatile Organic Compounds, or VOCs, that produce the unpleasant odor. If you can smell VOCs, there’s a good chance you’re inhaling mold spores

Some people are more sensitive to the effects of mold than others, but everyone should avoid breathing it or touching. Allergic reactions to mold range from sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash to asthma attacks. To learn more about the effects of toxic mold on your health, visit this link.

When To Clean. When To Call

The mold smell and the mold growth that caused it can be successfully treated and prevented by controlling moisture and humidity.

Once moisture and humidity have been fixed, a mold remediation will remove any remaining spores.

You may be able to clean mold on surfaces small and easy to access by using mild detergent and water, and drying completely. However i,t can prove challenging for homeowners to identify and eliminate all the mold spores that are causing the unpleasant odor. If you don’t remove all spores and correct underlying cause of humidity, the mold and the mold smell in your house will return.

If you can’t clean the mold yourself because the problem is too large, too difficult to reach or if the mold smell comes back, it may be time to call a professional.

We’re Here When You Need Us

Call Branch Environmental. We’re experts not only at mold removal, but at determining and remediating the underlying causes—which will rid your home of that moldy, musty smell forever. From hidden mold sources to major contaminants, we can identify exactly what is going on in your home and rid it of environmental toxins for good.