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Why Does Mold Smell and What Can You Do About It?

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

Why Does Mold Smell and What Can You Do About It?

When entering basements, crawl spaces, attics and garages in Charlotte, North Carolina it’s sometimes possible to notice a musty odor. But why is that? It is usually associated with mold. Have you ever asked yourself why mold has this distinctive smell? The answer is mycotoxin. Removing this bad smell is part of the mold remediation process that cleanup and restoration experts perform. Here’s what you should know about mold odor and what you can do about it.

1. Why Does Mold Smell?

Mold produces microbial volatile organic compounds and some of these gasses are known for their bad odor. Should you ever notice musty odor in your house, chances are there is mold growing somewhere behind your walls or in any other places that are not accessible. In this case, you would inhale mycotoxin, a toxin with a distasteful smell.

2. How Can You Know for Sure That Mold Is Present?

Now that you noticed a bad smell in an area of your house, the next thing to do is contact a specialist to perform a mold test. This expert will perform a series of tests, such as taking air or surface samples and analyzing them in a laboratory. This is the best way to determine what type of mold can be found in your house.

3. What Can You Do About Mold Smell?

The first step in fighting mold odor is to have the mold removed. This should be done by a mold cleanup company that has all the right tools and equipment. With their expertise, they can successfully rid your house of mold. Part of the remediation process is containment, removal, disinfection, HEPA vacuuming and prevention. If some areas of your house are beyond repair, it may be necessary to tear them out and replace them. After the remediation process you can use HEPA air filtration devices to help with the smell and any mold spores that might still be present.
Getting rid of that musty odor produced by mycotoxin isn’t a simple task. It involves mold remediation that is best left to the professionals.
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