Odor Removal -The moldy odor smell in your home is an indication that something is not right. Moldy and musty odor smells are similar in nature and both are caused by the presence of mold or mildew. Mold and mildew are both fungi and grow in the presence of moisture, or water. Mildew is a powdery or downy surface growth and is most often found on plant materials (for example, fruits and vegetables, flowering or decorative plants). Molds are usually thicker and can cause more structural damage since they penetrate deeper into the material they are growing on. Molds can grow on plant materials as well, but are also commonly found on building materials like walls and flooring and most home contents.
The primary difference between moldy and musty odors is in the strength of the smell, musty odors are usually not as strong as moldy odors. Since both moldy and musty odors suggest mold growth it’s important to take action quickly when you notice an odor to prevent extensive damage to your home and the lingering musty odor that can penetrate non-moldy materials in your home and prolong the unpleasant odor experience.
There are a few things you can do to prevent these odor smells in your home:
- Avoid moisture. General dampness, repeated condensation, and high humidity can sometimes bring on a musty smell, that eventually facilitates mold growth.
- Clean up immediately after leaks or floods. If you are not able to thoroughly dry everything within 48 hours it’s likely that mold will begin to grow in the areas that are still damp.
If you are concerned about musty or moldy smells in your home, begin investigating possible sources of moisture buildup. Some of the moisture sources are not obvious, so don’t forget to check these areas.
- Any water leak (plumbing, roof, walls, basement)
- Air conditioning units or drain lines
- Condensation, especially around windows or on exterior walls
- Flashing around windows (incorrectly installed flashing can allow water inside the walls)
- Freezer/refrigerator door seals and drip pans
- Indoor plants
- Wastebaskets and trash cans, especially if not emptied frequently
- Empty beverage containers and glasses, food container recycling
- Materials that have been wet in the past (books, magazines, newspapers, carpet, cardboard, etc.)
If you don’t find a moisture source and can’t see mold, and the odor remains, it is best to call a professional to come run tests to determine the cause of the odor. We at ServiceMaster Restoration by the Griffin Company are trained professionally that can rid your home of mold and odor problems. Please call us at 251 474-7766 if we can help. We service the Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, and Foley Alabama area, as well as all of Mobile and Baldwin Counties in Alabama and surrounding areas.