Musty Smells In The Basement: Causes, Risks, and Solutions

Unless your washer and dryer is in your basement you may not be in the lowest level of your home all that often. The last time you went down the basement to retrieve your camping gear, put away the Christmas decorations, or do laundry, were you overwhelmed with a musty smell?

That musty smell is more than just an affront to your nose, it can actually be hazardous to your health. Before you get out the baking soda or Febreze to mask the odor, you may need to get to the source of the problem.

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Is It Normal For Basements To Smell Musty?

That musty smell coming from your basement is usually an indication of the presence of mold and/or mildew. As mold grows it emits gasses that give off an odor and produce that musty smell. You may actually smell the mold before you can see it. Given that your basement generally does not have natural sunlight or lots of airflow, it creates the perfect breeding ground for mold to grow when moisture is present.

How To Get Rid Of That Musty Smell In Your Basement

Once you find the source of your mold and/or mildew it needs to be removed. If the mold is contained in a small area you should be able to clean and remove the mold yourself. When you work to clean the mold, be sure to shut down your HVAC system to prevent mold spores from traveling through the air into the rest of your house.

Diagnosing the source of the mold may take professional help. If you haven’t experienced a recent flood in your basement, moisture is getting into your basement from another source. It could be caused by high humidity or a leak in your foundation walls or floor. It’s best to contact a professional that can find the source and determine the best plan of action.

If you are experiencing a musty smell in your basement, My Foundation Repairs can connect you with an expert to diagnose the source of the smell and provide a long-term solution.

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