Do you avoid spending time in your basement because frankly, the bad odor is overwhelming? If your basement has a musty smell, then the chances are pretty good that you have a mold and mildew problem. These items are the direct result of too much moisture in your basement. If you see mold and mildew growing on floors, walls, or items in your basement, the smell has probably reached a point where it’s overwhelming.
According to doityourself.com, one of the main causes of odor in basements is the overgrowth of mold and mildew, excessive moisture and poor ventilation. And these items can cause some real issues when it comes to the structure of your home as well as the health of you and your family. There are a few things you can do, though, to make basement odor a thing of the past.
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Here are some helpful tips on mitigating those odors, as well as their causes.
- Check your plumbing and walls: You’ll want to make sure that you don’t have any leaks in your basement plumbing or walls, and if you do, you’ll want to get them repaired or sealed. Even tiny leaks can cause big problems over time. Companies like Basement Waterproofing Inc. can provide you with the waterproofing solutions you need to keep leaks in walls from becoming major issues.
- Invite the fresh air in: Sunny, breezy, dry days are perfect for airing out your basement. Open a basement window and bring some of the fresh, drier outdoor air inside.
- Consider dehumidification: Sometimes, there’s not much you can do to mitigate a damp basement without installing a dehumidifier. At Basement Waterproofing, Inc. we offer our customers the Wave Home Solutions™ Humidex air unit, which quietly and efficiently removes excess humidity from your basement and helps to balance the environment in your home.
- Out with the old: If you store items in your basement, go through them regularly and weed out anything that you don’t need to keep. Belongings that you store for a long time without using are perfect for gathering dust and, if exposed to moisture, also can grow mold and mildew.
- Keep it clean: Any fabric or upholstered surface should be cleaned on a regular basis. This includes carpets, area rugs, shades or blinds, and furniture. Consider using materials that are less porous in your basement, and vacuum regularly. If your furniture or carpets have been exposed to moisture and are damp, they will need to be thoroughly dried and cleaned in order to ensure mold and mildew doesn’t grow. If there is damage to them, you may need to discard them.
- Scrub down moldy areas: You can clean this yourself, but sometimes it’s best to have a basement waterproofing company like BWI come in and take care of any root problem first. After BWI finishes any job, we want o make sure that any mold, mildew or bacteria growth is stopped dead in its tracks too. We’ll spray your basement for pathogens with our patented commercial spray that kills everything up to and including the H1N1 virus.
You don’t have to put up with a smelly basement; in fact, it’s better for the health of you and your family if you don’t. Just remember – for best results, turn to an expert for help, like the ones at BWI. We’ve been helping people keep their basement moisture under control for the last 39 years. We can explain our different products and services to you, and how we may be able to help keep your basement dry. For your convenience, we’re fully staffed during normal working hours to answer your calls – call us at (800) 439-4951, and we’ll be glad to help.