3 Signs a Home May Have Mold Problems, 5-part Series: Part 3, Smells

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This five-part series on mold problems will alert you to things to be on the lookout for, whether you’re buying, selling, or simply wanting to live out your days in your home. This is information with the potential to impact health, wealth, and happiness.

Mold issues are on the rise, so instead of clicking away from here please power through this information for the sake of awareness of things that may be affecting your family’s health, wealth, and happiness. These are the type of things that you don’t want to remain unaware of and, unfortunately, they’re easy to miss or dismiss.

One thing you won’t generally miss is that of musty odors. They are a dead giveaway that mold is present.

It often seems that most Minnesotans expect the basement to smell musty. Why that is, we’re not sure. Vickie Swenson, owner of Minnesota Mold, says, “Your basement should smell as good as the rest of your house.” This stands true whether that basement is finished or unfinished.

You may react to musty odors in various ways. The symptoms will vary from person-to-person in severity and duration. This is just one of the reasons why the presence of mold must be addressed with quickly and properly.

If, as you move from room-to-room in a house, you notice these odors, you can be assured that there is some sort of mold issue. That issue may be large or small, but immediate action is required.

For example, musty odors in the basement may indicate moisture. Mold may not have developed depending on how long the moisture has been present. Mold needs both moisture and a food source to spread. It can spread if enough dust is present, because dust contains a number of organic particulates such as dead skin, pet dander, bits of feathers, and fecal matter from dust mites.

You’ll want to figure out where the moisture is coming from. You may be able to handle the problem yourself, or you may want professional assistance. If a significant amount of water has been standing for over 24 hours, or if mold is present, it is strongly recommended that you use a professional remediation company. Because of the toxins involved in a cleanup like this, it must be done with containment.

Regardless of what action you take, remember what Vickie says, “Doctors diagnose allergies. Inspectors diagnose mold.” If you recognize symptoms that affect you or your loved ones adversely, visit your physician.

In Part 1 of this series, we introduced the reasons why mold is a growing concern. In Part 2 of this series, we address symptoms that may mean mold is present. In Part 4, we alert you to sights you may not recognize as an indication of mold. In Part 5, we wrap it all up with actions you can take to assess the best course of action for you and your loved ones.

Note to readers: The information contained in this series is for educational and informational purposes only and should not be construed as advice or any claim promising a particular outcome. You should perform your own independent analysis to verify the accuracy of any information provided in this article.

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