Case Study: Musty Odors in Apartment

A frustrated tenant called with concerns of an overwhelming musty smell on the first floor of his apartment.  Even his friends told him that it smells like mold.   He stated, "I've tried every cleaner from the hardware store, but the bad smell just won't go away." At this point he needed to call someone, luckily it was Mold911 Tulsa.  The tenant and his child have asthma and because the smell is so strong they spend most of the time upstairs.

Explanation of Musty Odors

We mentioned, "Mold is everywhere indoors and out. It is naturally occurring from decaying leaves and organic material.  Certain types of Mold produce invisible airborne spores, called mycotoxins, which can affect Immunocompromised individuals,  These compounds produced by Mold have strong smells and are volatile and quickly released into the air. These compounds are known as microbial volatile organic compounds (mVOCs). Because mVOCs often have strong or unpleasant odors, they can be the source of the "moldy odor" or musty smell frequently associated with mold growth. Our concern is active mold growth or elevated mold.

Mold Testing - Confirms Mold Type & Airborne Levels

We explained the Mold testing process.  Our sample size is 15 liters per minute for 10 minutes for a total of 150ml.  We will take 3 samples, 1 outdoor air sample to use as a control/baseline, and 2 indoor air samples.  In this case, one air sample was taken on the first floor and another sample from the second.  We overnight the samples to the lab and wait for analysis and report.

Mold Inspection - Leaky pipes

During our Mold Inspection, we determined the moisture causing the Mold growth was an on-going slow leak from upstairs pipes, saturating the walls and floor of the first floor of his apartment.  The leak needed to be fixed prior to mold remediation.

Mold Test Results - Important Document to Have

Once the test results came back, we informed the tenant that elevated mold levels were detected.  He presented his landlord with our findings and lab mold analysis report.  The landlord released the tenant from the lease and decided to move.

Mold Testing Before Moving Into New Place "Peace of Mind"

Our customer requested a Mold Testing and wanted us to clean the contents of his belongings before bringing them to his new place.  Content cleaning includes HEPA vacuuming, antimicrobial wipe down of all non-porous materials.

Mold911 Tulsa - Satisfied Customers

We are happy to say that our customer and child are breathing easy in his new apartment.