Mold: What You Smell Versus What You Can't See


Mold is a funny thing. You often smell it before you see it. It is rare to see it before you smell it. However, if you see it before you smell it, it might indicate a much bigger problem. Here is what you should do if you can smell the mold but you cannot see it.

It Is Lurking Somewhere

Mold Is a suspicious thing. You know that it lurks in dark, wet places of your home. Therefore, if you can smell it but cannot see it, you can begin your search for it in dark, wet places. Is it under your sinks? Hiding in corners of your basement? Perhaps it is growing on the underside of the wooden steps into the basement or under the steps completely. If you find no mold in the usual spots, it must be lurking in the walls or in the attic. It should be easy to spot in the attic, but not so much in the walls. One service offered by mold remediation services is the chance to check the walls for possible mold growth. 

Checking for Mold Inside Your Walls 

The mold remediation specialists have these fun infrared cameras that detect cold spots in the walls. Some walls will be cold no matter what, but the infrared will show that too. The specialists will aim the cameras at the walls and look all the way around, up and down, to find unusual cold spots. These spots are good indicators that you have mold growing inside the walls there. The specialists will show you exactly what they see and how they can tell that the issue is probably mold. Thankfully, this can all be accomplished without ever having to open up the walls and take a real peek inside. If there is mold in the walls, there are some things you can do, especially if the mold odor is overwhelming.

What You Can Do about the Mold in the Walls

If mold is found in the walls, you can choose to do one of three things. One, you can have a mold remediation contractor remove the mold. This requires hacking open the walls to get to the mold, scraping and cleaning it all out, and then repairing the walls. Two, you can leave the mold where it is because disturbing it while it is trapped inside a wall can actually cause the mold to spread to other areas in your house. Three, find out why there is mold there, and treat the problem that is creating mold in the walls. You could, for example, locate the place where the water is entering your home and repair and seal that area. The mold may remain where it is, but if it cannot be rewetted, it cannot smell.  


5 October 2018

Fixing Your House While Preserving The Artifacts

When you are in the middle of trying to renovate your space, you might be tempted to remove that dated crown molding or trash those antique faucets. After all, since you want your space to look new and minimalistic, who needs that hand-carved ceiling panel or that ornate archway? Unfortunately, if you make the wrong choices, you might end up throwing away valuable or irreplaceable materials. To help you to avoid this mistake, my blog is filled with ideas for how to fix up your home or business without damaging remaining artifacts. By protecting the natural design, you might be able to create a unique space that you will treasure forever.