Posted on February 16, 2012
The skies are gray in Bellingham, WA with rain as a light mist on this Thursday, February 16, 2012. Letís hope sun is in the forecast for tomorrow!
Whatís that Smell? Is it Mold?
If our desired sunshine happens tomorrow, make sure to open your shades, blinds or drapes and let the sun shine in as this is a good deterrent for mildew or mold growth which can cause a moldy smell throughout your home. Good air flow throughout the home also inhibits mold and thereby curtails any odors from such. Have you ever had someone pull out a pair of shoes from a closet only to find that they are covered with mold? Or, how about that smell of mold in books from a back room. This could have been due to a lack of air movement in that room or closet. Allow ventilation by keeping doors to rooms and closets open. Forced air systems generally keep air movement flowing; but, if that is not the case in your home, you may want to install fans with timers to accomplish the same thing.
We all know that mold grows in an environment that is moist and dark. Make sure you find the source of any moisture - be it from a leak in the roof or a plumbing problem - and quickly make amends before mildew or mold sets in. Also, condensation caused by a lack of heat creates moisture, so you may want to keep enough heat in your home to prevent this from happening.
It could be that the odor you are detecting in your home isnít from mildew or mold. The odor could be coming from traps under sinks or in showers that havenít been used for a while. This allows sewer fumes in the home and the smell is ďnot nice.Ē Keep the traps full of water and possibly add mineral oil to slow the evaporation if these pipes arenít going to be used any time soon. *
* Information shared from a Pillar- to-Post flyer with their permission. They provide home inspections. Please feel free to call them at 360-392-8731 if you have any moisture issues.