Mold produces microbial volatile organic compounds which can either be odorless or have a musty smell.
The process of detecting the smell of mold:
- Check for reactions when entering the room. The nose can detect the smell first out of any of your other senses. If you are in a room with mold, it may be sneezing or nose irritation
- Check for the smell of mold. If you notice the smell is not going away, it could be mold. It can be hard to detect if you have never smelt mold before. Below are some ways people describe the smell.
- Damp, humid odor you smell, when you’re walking past decaying wood in a forest.
- Musty smell
- Wet socks
- Recognize the smell
- If you are not sure you smell mold, it may be good to step outside then back inside to make sure you smell it.
- Follow the smell
- Once you notice the smell, you can follow it to find out where it is most pungent. Where you smell it most, is most likely where the mold (if present) is. Once you find out where the smell is coming from, look for the visual signs of mold (generally black, white, grey-brown/green, orange, purple, pink or greenish black).