As homeowners, a lot of us associate a musty smell with the basement. After all, many of us probably remember wrinkling our noses when going down into the basement of our childhood homes to get our summer toys out of storage or do laundry.
But did you know that a musty smells in the basement isn’t supposed to be considered normal? Here’s what’s causing that musty smell in your basement and how to fix it:
Poor Air Circulation
Poor air circulation in your basement can cause the air in your basement to become still and stale. This lends to that musty smell thanks to humidity and lack of air flow. Putting fans in the basement and getting proper windows installed can help keep the air moving.
A mustiness in your basement is a sure sign of moisture that needs to get remedied sooner rather than later. With little air circulation in the mix, that excess moisture sticks around in the form of humidity. Excess moisture can be from leaking walls, a cracked foundation, or clogged gutters.
Mold And Mildew
Mold and mildew thrive in warm, damp, and dark spaces. When moisture and poor air circulation get together, mold and mildew can take root. Mold and mildew can also lead to health problems and the problem won’t go away if the source isn’t found and fixed.
Solve Mustiness With Missouri Basement
Mustiness in your basement doesn’t have to be the norm and you don’t have to live with it. You can get rid of that musty smell in your basement and keep it away with professional help from Missouri Basement:
- Install a sump pump or fix your current one
- Set up dehumidifiers
- Get your basement professionally waterproofed
- Dispose of old, damp, moldy, or rotted materials
- Repair leaky pipes
A Missouri Basement professional can also install a vapor barrier in your crawlspace and waterproof your basement for a clean, usable space free of mustiness!