A musty odor in your basement can spread and start to affect other areas of your home. Furniture, clothes, documents, carpets and more can absorb and retain a musty smell, making it unpleasant and even unbearable to stay in your home. The worst part? Musty smells indicate the presence of mold, which can cause serious health and safety issues. If you want to know how to get rid of musty smells in your basement, learn how to address the underlying cause with these tips from ServiceMaster Restore®.
A musty smell in your basement is typically caused by mildew or mold, which both thrive in damp, dark locations. Mold and mildew don't just smell – they also cause decay and damage to your home, and their presence may lead to health problems like allergies or asthma. It's essential to keep your basement free of musty odors and the presence of mold to maintain a healthy home. If you smell mold in your home, follow these steps to assess the extent of the problem and create a plan for removal:
Vinegar: Place bowls of white vinegar in various places around the basement. The vinegar will lift the odor from the room. After a couple days, you'll discover you have a clean-smelling basement again. Cat litter: Put cat litter in open containers throughout the basement. When changed regularly, the litter will absorb most of the musty smell in your basement. Baking soda: Like cat litter, baking soda can absorb the majority of musty smells. Baking soda can maintain absorbency for up to 3 months, depending on how strong the odor in your home is. Once you've identified and addressed any condensation, leaks and other sources of moisture in your basement and thoroughly cleaned and dried the areas with mold growth, your basement should smell fresh again.
If the odor returns or you need help removing the signs and smells of mold in your home, call the experts at ServiceMaster Restore®. We have intensive, proven mold remediation services to completely and correctly eradicate mold in homes, plus advanced deodorization tools and processes to eliminate the musty smell it leaves behind.