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Understanding the Odor Associated With Mold

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

Most people are familiar with the musty odor associated with mold. For business owners in Rio Vista, Arizona, a terrible smell can be bad for business. Even though people are familiar with this scent, they may incorrectly associate smells with mycotoxin and spores. Hiring the right mold remediation experts may help you learn more about mold, its odors and how you can eliminate the issue.

Where Does It Come From?

Many people associate mold spores with a musty smell. However, that is not exactly right. The smell comes from compounds being released by the fungus. In fact, when the mold is growing, it produces excretions in the form of microbial volatile organic compounds. Spores are usually released after the mold has used up its moisture source, so it is no longer actively growing. These smell-producing chemicals are most often released when the fungus does the following:

• Eats
• Expands
• Multiplies

Some microbial volatile organic compounds could fall into the category of mycotoxin, which is any toxic substance produced by a fungus. However, not all scent-producing compounds released by mold are toxic.

How Can It Be Managed?

During the cleanup, professionals may incorporate a HEPA Air Filtration Device to help block the smells of mildew. These filtration machines have extremely fine filters that can actually trap the compounds and spores released by mold. This means no matter what stage the fungus is in, the HEPA Air Filtration Device can help stop the spread of spores or smells. Most business owners want to get to the heart of the mold issue to ensure the smell does not keep coming back. If you fall into this category, you will need to have the physical signs of mold removed to ensure the smell cannot easily return.

Managing the musty odor caused by the release of mycotoxin and other microbial volatile organic compounds requires some elbow grease. Complete mold remediation is one of the only ways to really remove the smell.

For more information on mold visit us at http://www.SERVPROnorthwestphoenixanthem.com.

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