Do I Smell Mold? – Odor Identification
Suspicious Smells & Odor Identification
Determine The Source Of The Odor
Unfamiliar odors are much different than other problems in the home, as they can not be seen. It’s not always an obvious source that’s right in front of your face, such as smoke or visible water damage. The truth is that you may not even know what you’re looking for. If you are concerned that it may be an underlying mold or moisture issue, here are some ways that you can rule out other odor sources first:
- Sense of Smell: While it may seem like common sense, this is the best place to start when it comes to odor identification. The first thing you should do is determine which areas of your home are NOT experiencing any odor. This will narrow down your search so you don’t waste time in those areas. If it is a situation where the odor is present throughout your home, this may be indicative of a larger problem like mold or moisture issues.
- Process of Elimination: By eliminating other odors from the area, you will be able to pinpoint where the odor you are searching for is coming from. Avoid using air fresheners, and empty the trash can so that no residual odors will impede your search. Your sense of smell is very sensitive, so it can easily get thrown off course during your odor identification process.
- Areas That Experience High Moisture Content: Bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, and basements are areas of the home that tend to experience more moisture issues than others. When on the hunt for the source of an unfamiliar odor, especially if you suspect that it could be mold, these areas are prime suspects. Whether it be steam and condensation, or poor ventilation, these areas of the home tend to be more susceptible to moisture damage and mold.
- Other Areas To Check: Ensure that you are not overlooking any areas that could be potentially hiding something. When it comes to odor identification, it is important that you think outside the box. Check behind furniture, any wall or ceiling voids, small closets, or even just a random corner that you wouldn’t suspect. You never know where the source of an odor may be coming from, and it’s best to be as thorough as possible.
Once you’ve gone through these steps, you should’ve either identified the odor, or at the very least you’ve narrowed down your search. Once you determine the source of the odor, you’ll be able to move forward with getting rid of it. In the event that you do discover that the source of the odor is mold, regular household cleaners or air fresheners are not going to do the trick. Contact a professional mold inspection and remediation company in your area to assess the damage.