A very common question that we are asked by potential clients is What Does Mold Smell Like?
This is a very loaded question because each situation is different and people have different descriptions and senses of smell. To help answer this question, we feel that compiling a list of different ways we’ve heard people describe how mold smells.
Hopefully the above descriptive words give you an idea of what mold can smell like. Each situation where indoor mold growth exists is different for a variety of reasons. The source of the water, where it enters, what it is growing on, and the environment it exists in will all be a factor in the smell that is produced. Whether the water is coming from a pipe, rain, condensation, or something else will all make a difference. If the point of entry is a roof, window, flooding, or other are all factors to answering this question.
There are also times where people have mold problems that the client does not say a strange smell is a symptom at all. Whether no smell is being given off or the client does not have a sensitive sense of smell towards mold is relative. We have definitely seen situations that there has been a serious problem but no indications of a bad smell were present.
The fact that these problems are so unique and don’t have definitive indicators make it that much more important for a professional to assess the situation. Air and surface sample collection from a certified mold inspector like those working for MI&T is the best option. Testing can see exactly what is going on even if a human’s sense of smell or sight can not do the job.
If you smell something out of the ordinary in your home or business and are concerned that you may have a mold growth problem, give us a call for more information or to setup an appointment to have your property evaluated. MI&T can be reached via email or telephone at 855-600-6653.