Getting Rid of The Musty Basement Smell

imagesOlder basements often have a thick and foul odor that is commonly described as “musty”. Although the smell is common we don’t usually think about the factors contributing to this unpleasant odor.

Mold and mildew, water leaks, and poor air ventilation combine with odors from smoke, pets, old furniture, and other items stored for many years along with the normal aging process of the home all contribute to the musty basement.

When it comes to getting rid of mold many people think that bleach will do the trick. The main ingredient in most anti-mold sprays is bleach because it is highly effective at killing mold on smooth surfaces. Unfortunately, most do not know that it can not kill mold that has embedded itself into porous surfaces such as carpet, drywall, and wood.

Besides the fact that bleach may not be fully effective, it also has the potential to release very harmful toxic fumes that can be deadly if inhaled. This is especially likely in a musty basement with poor ventilation. A safer alternative to bleach is Hydrogen Peroxide which is very effective in killing most mold and spores.

You can use Hydrogen Peroxide to kill the surface sources of mold and the build-up of mold behind unfinished walls. You may be asking what type of Hydrogen Peroxide solution is needed to kill the mold and remove the smell in the musty basement. Combining 2 parts water with 1 part of Hydrogen Peroxide will take care of the surface mold. Spray the combination of water and solution and let sit for 15-20 minutes then afterwards wipe dry.

Removing the mold from your musty basement is a vital step to removing the musty odor. You will want to follow up with an application of OdorZout. Since OdorZout is also helping in removing moisture along with the odor, it is the perfect product for this situation. Because must basements usually have a build up of moisture and odor over a long period of time, be prepared for multiple applications to completely rid the space of odor.

Porous materials such as carpeting cannot be effectively treated with a spray but can be treated effectively with OdorZout. The best solution is to identify all items in the basement which are contributing to the musty odor and treat them with OdorZout.

A musty basement can seem overwhelming but with a few applications of OdorZout, your basement can be as good as new in no time.

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