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What does Black Mold smell like?

Asked by jtvoar16 (2050 points ) April 27th, 2008

We just had a sink overflow in our house a few days ago and now the entire basement smells like rotting paper and fabric. The thing is though, we have searched for any wet paper and fabric and found nothing, or rather what we did find we threw away. But now, when ever our furnace kicks on, we can smell the rotting smell again. My fear is it may be rotten dry wall and rotten dry wall means a good chance for Black Mold. Our house is about 80+years old, so that doesn’t help the matter any more, not to mention it is very bad condition anyway.
I’m just wondering if Black Mold has a smell, and if it does, what does it smell like? I don’t want to ripp out all of my ceiling and walls to find out that it was just a wet towel from years ago in the wall.
(And yes, I have found old towels in my walls before, and even an old hammer from the early 30’s. That is how crappy my house is.)

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Babo's avatar

It smells like mold, like old shower or something like that.

robmandu's avatar

Not all mold that is black in color is ”black mold”, specifically Stachybotrys chartarum, that you’ve likely heard of on the news.

That said, chances are if you have one strain of mold, you have several others, too.

So babo is right on in saying that it simply smells moldy or musty, with the caveat that you might just be smelling any combination of dozens of mold/mildew strains.

In some states, like Texas, there are statutes and programs regarding mold assessment and remediation.

Depending on a number of factors, it’s unlikely the problem will go away on its own. If it’s behind the walls in the sheetrock (or whatever), then getting it gone could prove somewhat expensive.

Fallstand's avatar

Smells like green apples.. Mmmm

cheebdragon's avatar

First like mildew then later more like Pepper spray

Foolaholic's avatar

In my opinion, black mold wouldn’t be something that I would go sticking my nose into. Just to be on the safe side.

lyw7219's avatar

There’s more than just the black mold stachybotrys. There’s other forms of black mold and molds that give off mycotoxins. Get your house tested.

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