|Mold Smell Removal
Tips & Techniques
When you smell mold on
personal items like shoes, clothing, beds, upholstered furniture, and clothing, inside homes
or other buildings, in the airflow from heating and cooling equipment
and ducts, or room air, there is a mold infestation causing that mold smell.
You can usually smell a mold problem before you can see it visually.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, "some
compounds produced by molds have strong smells and are volatile and quickly
released into the air. These compounds are known as microbial volatile
organic compounds (mVOCs). Because mVOCs often have strong or unpleasant
odors, they can be the source of the "moldy odor" or musty smell frequently
associated with mold growth. A moldy odor suggests that mold is growing in
the building and should be investigated. The health effects of inhaling
mVOCs are largely unknown, although exposure to mVOCs has been linked to
symptoms such as headaches, nasal irritation, dizziness, fatigue, and
nausea. More research is needed to determine whether there are any human
health effects from non-occupational indoor exposures to mVOCs."
"If you can see or smell mold,
a health risk may be present," according to the U.S. Centers for Disease
“Exposure to elevated levels of mold while at home or at work
can cause a very large variety of serious mold health symptoms and mold
illnesses as the direct result of a resident or worker’s living or working
in elevated levels of mold, especially black toxic mold (Stachybotrys) and
other species of toxic mold such as Aspergillus and Penicillium,” warns mold
Phillip Fry, author of the ebooks Mold Health Guide and
Mold Monsters. Read
Thus, the first step in mold smell removal is to find and remove the
mold growth infestation that is producing the mold smell. Learn how to do
safe and effective home mold inspection and commercial building mold
inspection by reading the easy to follow directions with dozens of mold
pictures and mold inspection pictures at
The second step in mold smell removal is to remove the mold
infestation. Please read the 25 steps for safe and effective mold removal at
The third step is to scrub all of your personal possessions and all
surfaces of your home or building with the effective mold smell removal
product boric acid powder mix, available with mix instructions at
Another product to use in crawl spaces and basements with a
moldy smell is chlorinated lime spread onto the ground or floor and left
there until the odor disappears.
The fourth step is to use high
ozone blasting to kill mold and the mold smell everywhere inside your
heating/cooling equipment and ducts, attic, basement, crawl space, and all
rooms and areas. Learn how to do mold smell removal with an affordable
ozone generator. Ozone blasting is the best way to get rid of odors of
all types including mold smell, mold growth, and bedbugs.
If you have questions about mold smell removal and about mold inspection,
testing, remediation, and prevention, please email mold expert Phillip Fry,
Certified Environmental Hygienist, Certified Mold Inspector, Certified Mold
Remediator, and author of five mold advice books. Phil's email address is
You should also visit Mr. Fry's mold education websites:
Mold Expert, and
Do Your Own
Hurricane Sandy Flood Damage
Repair, Mold Removal, and Mold Remediation
Phillip and Divine Fry's Nov. 2, 2012, book
Hurricane Sandy Mold, Germ, & Odor Removal & Prevention.
175 pages. Ebook $25; Print Edition $49.
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Phillip and Divine also provide mold inspection, testing, remediation,
and prevention services in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania,
Maryland, and other east coast states. For more information and help,
Phillip Fry 1-480-217-7173 or email
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