What’s That Smell…..!??

With more than 100,000 types of mold species, some types can put off a very unpleasant smell.

When you walk into your home and there is a lingering odor of wet socks, a pungent, musty or earthy scent, it may be indicative of mold growth.  As mold uses its environment to grow and multiply, it releases a microbial volatile organic compound (MVOC).  It can even have an alcohol fermentation smell in addition to these others.  Mold smells are continuous and believe it or not, it can often become something you eventually get used to!

If you think mold could be present but you are not certain – try this sniff tip.  Go outside and take in some fresh air.  Go back inside and see if the same odor is present.  If you tend to notice more of a musty smell, it may mean possible mildew.  Mildew is the beginning stage of mold and can easily grow on damp surfaces within 24 to 48 hours.  Take steps to properly clean away any mildew areas that may exist.

If the odor persists after all proper attempts to ventilate the air, it would be recommended to have a qualified mold inspector do an air quality and mold test to confirm any suspicions.  These steps are important to protect your family from any potential associated health risks caused by mold spores in your home.  Exposure to MVOC from molds can irritate the eyes and respiratory system and has been linked to symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, fatigue, nasal irritation and nausea.

At Coastal Air Assessments, we work our way from the outside in, first identifying potential issues at the exterior of the home that could be causing poor air quality inside the home. Our Mold Assessments and Air Sampling Tests are timely, accurate, and a true asset for Florida homeowners. Contact us today for your free consultation.