The first time that you notice that you have a mildew or mold smell in your home you need to make sure that you know how to eliminate mold, stale smell, mildew odors, musty odors so that you can make sure that your home is safe. Many homeowners automatically start to fear the dangers of black mold/Stachybotrys chartarum in their home and all of the medical problems that this can cause when it is not addressed right away and taken care of by an expert. While it may be difficult, it’s important to remain calm when you notice these smells in your home. Just because there is a musty odor doesn’t automatically mean that your home is contaminated and dangerous to live in. Even if you do have dangerous mold, you can easily get rid of it by getting professional help or following the guidelines set out by the CDC.
Any mildew smell needs to be investigated so that you can make sure that you don’t have other mold symptoms. Look for the following symptoms of “sick house” syndrome, which will necessitate an immediate response and care to take care of the problem: clearly visible mold growth that is on the ceilings, walls, water filters, or other materials, cracking or peeling paint that is located around window encasements or doors, inhabitants who are dealing with medical problems. Some symptoms that you will need to be aware of include joint pain, sneezing, itchy or watering eyes, sexual dysfunction, and even nausea. Most odors in your home are caused by the presence of VOC’s (volatile organic compounds). Mold is a very common source for these compounds, but they are not only produced by mold. Check the basement for water – if there isn’t any then you probably have another source of the musty odors in your home. Even if there is water, you may have some mold, but it may not be the main problem.
Understanding the source will help you to understand how to get rid of mold, stale smell, mildew odors, musty odors. Mold that is actively growing will produce volatile compounds, and some of these can cause your home to smell musty. Because people can detect many of these volatile compounds at low concentrations, the mold doesn’t have to be sporulating to be noticed by people. It is possible that mold in your home is nearly invisible. Even carpet that looks clean and new can be the cause for musty odors if it is located in the basement, and removing it can greatly improve the odors in the home. When you are wondering how to get rid of musty odor old home, you also need to consider whether the wall behind your paneling may be damp, as this can allow mold to grow and flourish, as well.Drying the wall will take care of this problem, if it is the cause. You may have to remove the paneling for the best result. In the carpet and behind the wall, you may notice that there are few spores, which can be caused when the mold isn’t sporulating or the produced spores are trapped and have been unable to reach the air, which is a good thing.
Many people mistake the smell of wet concrete for a musty or moldy smell. Mold can grow on damp concrete, but generally the smell is just the water trapped in the concrete producing the odor that you smell. While standing water doesn’t normally result in mold growing, it can allow bacteria to thrive, and this can create volatiles that may smell musty, making homeowners believe that they have a mold problem. If you want to know how to eliminate mildew smell in basement, then you need to consider dehumidification. This will remove damp odors and mold. Using an Odorox hydroxyl processor at the same time will ensure that you can kill mold spores and even deodorize the space to prevent further odors. Even if your home is completely dry, you may have some musty smells. These can be caused by old polishes and waxes or wood and paper breaking down. In these cases, you don’t need to use a dehumidifier, but you do need to consider how to deodorize your space.
On the morning of January 8"' 2010, there had been a fuel oil spill in the parking ramp which is below the Multiband Tower.
The elevator in the middle of the building was creating a vacuum which allowed the smell of fuel oil to spread throughout different locations inside the building. Odorox Air immediately brought over several Odorox Hydroxyl Generators to assist in the odor remediation.
Two of the Boss XL3 units with blowers were placed in the main entrance to the elevator from the parking ramp. The hydroxyl generators reduced a substantial amount of fuel oil odor from rising up the elevator chamber within a few hours. Two Boss XL2 units were placed in several different locations throughout the entire building during the course of 7 days.
Being t here are 10 businesses employing over 300 people in this facility, it was important to use the Odorox'" hydroxyl generators and keep the businesses operating normally.
Building Supervisor MultiBand Tower
On March 22, I received a phone call from the President and chief mechanic at Infinity Air in Nashua, NH. They explained to me that they had a large fire in one of their airplane hangars. The fire had destroyed one airplane and the intense smoke and soot had penetrated a brand new Mooney Acclaim Type S aircraft. The owner of the smoke damaged Mooney who had stored his airplane in the hangar was beside himself and insistent on having the carpets, interior liners, leather seats, and flight instruments completely removed and rebuilt back to the original condition because he felt the smoke odors and residue would never fully be gone from his prized airplane (estimated cost was $25,000.00).
After several conversations with the demanding plane owner the airport personnel had calmed him down enough to agree to try and clean the aircraft before just 'gutting' it. They had called two cleaning companies before calling Allpro. Both companies stated they could clean the aircraft and rid the plane of odor. Their estimates to restore the aircraft were significantly higher.
When Infinity air had called me and told me all this information I had only one question for them 'How do the two other companies plan to attack the smoke odor inside the aircraft?'
The chief mechanic told me 'They plan on thoroughly cleaning the aircraft by hand then installing an ozone machine inside the cabin to eradicate and residual odors.' As you know ozone has been known to deteriorate plastics and rubber.
I was very adamant with the staff at infinity air NOT to let anyone deodorize an airplane with ozone. The last thing they need is an airplane with compromised rubber seals, fittings and gaskets.
They were so pleased that they called me because it was not explained to them by the other cleaning companies that ozone could affect the aircraft. They asked me how I would restore the airplane and I told them I would use soot sponges and neutral cleaners for the cleaning and then explained the Hydroxyl technology to them. They were amazed that this technology exist and were very impressed with my knowledge on how to properly clean an airplane. I told them I could completely restore the aircraft back to original condition for a fraction of the interior replacement cost and would guarantee the distraught owner of the plane would have no evidence of anything ever happening to his airplane.
Needless to say I was hired and 100% successful. Three days after the job was completed I called Infinity Air to get an update on the job. They couldn't say enough nice things about what we had accomplished and were even more amazed that the airplane had no evidence of soot or odor other than the 'new car' smell it had before the fire. The XL 3 and Boss systems are amazing and our number one tool now on all odor related jobs we do.
I have gotten nothing but rave reviews from adjusters who want to implement the Hydroxyl system on more restoration jobs.
Allpro Restoration Services
1352 Saratoga Ave. Gansevoort, NY 12831
Phone: 518-793-5311 . Fax: (518) 793-2499
E-mail: [email protected]
Odorox hydroxyl technology destroys 99.9% of germs, bacteria, mold, mildew, voc's and viruses in the air and on porous and non-porous surfaces which can cause illness and infections. MDU/RX FDA approved and safe to use in spaces occupied by people, pets, and plants.