You’re walking down the hallway of your house when suddenly you stop and sniff as you catch a whiff of an unexpected odor. Squinting in thought, you hesitantly sniff again and wrinkle your nose.
Oh, that’s not a pleasant smell.
Unfortunately, many of us have been there, too, which means we’re intimately familiar with the concern you likely feel over the presence of this new stench.
“Is it mold?” you might find yourself wondering. “Then again, how can I even tell whether or not a smell means mold or something else?”
When Your Nose Knows
“Some compounds produced by molds have strong smells and are volatile and quickly released into the air,” the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) explains. “Because [these compounds] often have strong or unpleasant odors, they can be the source of the ‘moldy odor’ or musty smell frequently associated with mold growth.”
Simply put, the lingering smell generated by microbial volatile organic compounds — or mVOCs — indicates that there is moisture somewhere in the property that may feed mold and mildew growth.
In other words, if it’s musty and mildewy, you can trust your nose is probably picking up on what your eyes have not yet detected.
Consequently, it’s time to explore tight nooks, hidden crannies, and damp corners where mold and mildew are apt to hide. After all, until you locate the problem, you cannot remediate it and return your property to optimal condition.
Mold, Mildew, and What Matters
“Sure, it smells musty,” you say after a few more generous inhales. “But how do I know if the smell is mold or mildew?”
The short answer? You can’t. This is because mildew is essentially a less-developed form of mold growth — or “mold in an early stage,” in the words of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Thus, the scent means that, if fully-developed mold does not currently exist, it will soon enough.
Regardless, it’s important to hunt for the microbial intrusion, particularly as either one of the aforementioned is apt to have an adverse impact on your health.
Not only can prolonged mold exposure cause chronic illness, fatigue, dizziness, confusion, and more, but even the younger mildew spores are capable of inducing upper respiratory irritation in some individuals, among other symptoms.
The bottom line is that both mold and mildew have the potential to be hazardous when left to grow.
Considering Retreat? No, Call Discreet!
Perhaps you’ve already embarked on the not-so-jovial journey of overturning everything in your home to locate the mold growth… to no avail. Or perhaps you have no idea where to begin, given the sheer size of your property.
In either case, Discreet Air Quality can remove the burden of mold detection from your shoulders!
Our team consists of certified and licensed specialists that have over 20 years’ worth of combined indoor air quality experience. Thus, you can trust that we possess both the skills and the resources to:
- Locate the mold growth
- Identify the contributing factors that led to moisture intrusion
- Determine the best course of action
So, are you ready for us to sniff out reliable results and solutions? Simply contact Discreet Air Quality today by calling 754-702-7019! We look forward to providing you with an industry-leading mold and moisture assessment.