What Does Mold Smell Like

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.

  • Earthy
  • Musty
  • Damp
  • Wet
  • Stuffy
  • Aged
  • Stale
  • Dank
  • Rotten
  • Dirty
  • Mildewy
  • Old

 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.