What Does Mold Smell Like?

Hi, I’m Jeremy with MoldStar Remediation, and I am a Certified Microbial Consultant. You can find me on the web at www.moldstarremediation.com. In addition, you can call me at 404-989-9981.

Many people ask me; What does mold smell like?

Mold most often has a musty odor, much like the smell in a damp basement or that musty smell produced when you leave clothes in the washing machine for a couple of days. 

The musty odor associated with mold is most often the VOC gas produced by a liquid enzyme that mold excretes.

In addition to a musty odor, mold is often described as having an earthy smell, damp socks smell, rotten lumber smell, sweet smell, and pungent smell.

A lot of the variety of smells associated with mold is most often associated with the rotten, water-damaged building material the mold is digesting. 

Rotten building material can produce a variety of smells depending on what building material is being degraded. Of course, the more water damage is present; the more pungent the smell will be.

A lot of the time, mold does not have any odor because mold spores have no odor.

If you smell mold indoors, it indicates that there is mold somewhere indoors and should be investigated.

If you think you may have a mold problem, call MoldStar Remediation for all of your mold testing, mold inspection, and mold remediation needs.


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