I Have a Musty Smell on my Property – Now What?
Finding and Solving Mold
Mold growth can hide in places that aren’t always easy to see. Typical examples include an incomplete or late drying of water damage situation, or perhaps a leak that wasn’t caught right away. Your nose can be an excellent indicator of a problem. Said another way, if you smell it – DON’T ignore it. Delays of cleaning up water can turn into mold and delays of cleaning up mold can turn into poor air quality.
Many issues with mold are easier & cheaper if dealt with quickly when the affected area is small. As it grows more severe and affects a larger area, it can require not only the localized cleanup, but cleaning of the air and ductwork system, air quality testing, and can become more complex to remediate, thereby costing more.
Mold problems inside a dwelling or place of business almost never get better on their own. Having said that, mold requires moisture to grow – so it may grow and smell musty until it runs out of water and ends up dormant. Any re-introduction of moisture can cause immediate and accelerated growth and odor.
Can’t I just spray something on it and make it all go away?
The answer to this is: it depends. If we are talking about a little mildew in a shower, that may be an adequate approach for maintaining it. However, if we are talking about any real affected hygroscopic materials (not just your tile or fiberglass sheeted shower walls) then you need an assessment by a professional.
SERVPRO of Harrisonville / Belton / Raymore is here to help. Don’t wait to mitigate when it’s worse, call today at 816-884-2240 or contact us HERE.