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Paula Hensley, September 9 2021

What does mold smell like?

Mold produces microbial volatile organic compounds which can either be odorless or have a musty smell.

The process of detecting the smell of mold: 

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  1. Recognize the smell
  1. Follow the smell

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Paula Hensley


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