That Musty Smell… Should I Worry?
My home and office smells musty. Should I worry?
In one word, yes. If you or anyone in your family or office notice a musty smell, you have a mold problem.
All residences and offices have their own unique odors and smells that reflect the nature of the home and the lives of those living in it. Sometimes, environmental factors also play a large role in the odor each house exhibits. One such factor is the weather and humidity.
In Panama the wet season results in constant high humidity. And many offices and residences are located next to heavy vegetation so are constantly exposed to moisture. But the fact is, if you or anyone in your family or office notice a musty smell, you have a mold problem. and all health agencies around the world recognize that indoor mold can create moderate to severe health risks.
What is that musty smell?
The musty or moldy smell is a sign that something is not right in your home or office. A moldy and musty odors suggest mold growth. The mold may or may not be visible. It’s important to take action quickly when you notice an odor to address the issues causing the mold, as well as removing existing mold.
What should I do?
1. Avoid moisture: General dampness, repeated condensation, and high humidity can sometimes bring on a musty smell. Since dampness can also facilitate mold growth it’s likely that mold is beginning to form once you start noticing a musty smell.
2. Clean up immediately after leaks or floods. If you are not able to thoroughly dry everything within 48 hours it’s likely that mold will begin to grow in the areas that are still damp.
3. Get a professional mold assessment done. If you are concerned about musty or moldy smells in your home, use a professional company like Mold Control Panama to complete a mold assessment. You may also decide to have us complete an air quality test. This will provide you a laboratory report of mold levels (by mold species) in different areas of your home or office. The laboratory report will provide hard data on the levels of mold in your home or office, useful for your doctor or for making decisions about mold remediation steps and liabilities.
Call us today for help in addressing your mold problems, and get back on the path to healthy living.