Detection of the Odor
This form of blight thrives on organic material on the surface of walls, under carpets, behind drywall, inside insulation, etc. Its excreted product is what lends the typical, moldy odor to a room. When asked how black mold smells like to them, some people compare it to rotting wood or paper. Some others report it as smelling like cedar or dirty wet socks. In any case, wet, musty, and stale are some of the adjectives that best describe its smell.
It can be possibly detected by this peculiar odor. Whenever the air you are breathing in feels stale and damp, in spite of open windows, you should immediately look for signs of mold growth. The room where it is present, smells different from other rooms. Interestingly, people become used to this musty smell pretty quickly. This may prevent any early attempts of remediation, as home owners do not take any measures unless they witness how the mold has ruined their home. Often, your nose will react even before you can smell anything. Irritation inside nose and sneezing are some of the warning signs. When the mold grows large enough to be seen, it occurs in ugly, black patches.
Elimination of the Odor
The smell of black mold can be removed only when all the mold spores in the room are eliminated. You can get rid of the growth with bleach solution. However, this method works only for smaller, confined places.
- Scrub off loose mold spores from the surface with a wire brush. Collect them in a plastic bag, seal it, and dispose it off.
- Vacuum the room, so that loose spores do not enter other rooms.
- You can even consider isolating this room from the rest of the house by using plastic sheets and masking tape so that the spores do not fly off.
- Clean the infested area with bleach solution. Allow it to dry on the surface for some time, before rinsing it off with water.
- Let the area dry completely, as dampness may further encourage mold growth.