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How to Get Rid of Basement Smell


Your house is your haven where you get to relax, unwind and be yourself. But what if you go home and you have this nasty stench reeking from your basement and then permeating to the rest of the atmosphere in the house?

It is a sure sign of household neglect and even unsanitary conditions for many people. People don’t like to go to anyone’s house that has a weird smell and you sure wouldn’t either right? So, if you are having a strange smell coming from your basement then you must get to the bottom of the situation and get it eliminated as soon as possible.

What Causes A Smelly Basement?

There could be a couple of reasons causing your basement to have a smell. They are as follows:

  • Condensation

This problem usually happens during the summer when the cold-water pipes get condensation build-up around them. This causes them to leak and the area to become damp. The dampness causes the musty odor in the basement. You should inspect all the pipes running inside the basement and cover them with insulated wraps to avoid any leakage.

  • Humidity

Humidity is one of the leading causes of a musty odor in the basement. Many people let their basements not have enough cooling done by turning off the basement air conditioning to save energy bills. If you live in a city where the weather is warmer than your average, then you have to be particularly careful about the humidity situation down the basement. Make sure that there is enough sunlight coming. Once a week open the windows to let some fresh air in.

  • Leaking pipes

Don’t confuse leaking pipes with condensation like most of the people. Leaking pipes happen when there is a crack or a hole in one or more of the pipes running down the basement. When they start to leak drops of water, it becomes a puddle.  You might even have carpeting done and it will absorb the water, but the dampness is going to remain and cause the stench to emerge.

  • Mold or Mildew

If you notice a persistent smell from the basement despite getting your pipes fixed or no humidity, then there is a very high possibility of mold or mildew presence in your basement. These are formed when the bacteria from damp and dark places grow into a dark substance called mold. Mold and mildew form when water that has been leaked develops a growth of bacteria. The bacteria spread and grow to become this dark and strange smelling growth over everything. It can spread to everything such as walls, storage boxes and the floor as well. That is why a thorough clean-up is always required for the basement.

  • Rat or Mice Infestation

There could also be a chance of a rodent infestation in your basement. Rats or mice love to hide in dark places where nobody can find them. They love chewing the things inside your basement from cardboards and books to clothes and carpeting. So, their droppings could be the one stinking up your basement.

How to Get Rid Of the Basement Smell

A smelly basement might be annoying, but it is nothing impossible to eliminate. Here are the following methods that you should do to clear off the smell:

  • Mold Cleaner

Get a good mold cleaner such as this from our store and use it on the wood based substances in your basement.  The mold cleaner will penetrate through the pores of the wood and eliminate any existing mold or prevent any from occurring in the future.

  • Rodent Poison

When you have confirmed the presence of rodents in your basement through signs such as chewed of pipes, furniture and droppings, then the best way to get rid of them is to use rodent poison such as this from our store. It is effective because it has oats and natural scents that will lure them to eat it and soon enough you will have destroyed their camp.

  • Deep Cleaning

It is imperative that you clean your basement regularly and not just let it be. Often, the main cause of a smelly basement is you neglecting it in the first place. When you visit your basement regularly then you won’t be having smelly problems or pest infestations. Vacuum your basement everyday and if it is not in regular use than once a week should be good enough.

  • Scented Candles

Once you have eliminated the stinky odor, it is now time to freshen up the air and atmosphere inside by some fragrant and scented things such as candles. Get two big jars of scented candles and light them for a good 4-6 hours and don’t forget to blow them out.

  • Aerosol Sprays

Use a floral scented air freshener and spray it in all the areas of the basement. Make sure to spray in sweeping motions in the air and not directly on any objects or furniture. The Aerosol Fragrances can also be used for a continues fragrance.

  • Reed Diffusers

If candles are not your thing and you want a slightly more safer option, than reed diffusers are your best bet. They take up to 18-24 hours to fully start working but once they do, their scent fills up the entire space making it smell heavenly. Choose a strong scent so that your basement stays smelling fresh for longer.

How to Prevent the Bad Smell from the Basement

  • Do regular inspections of pipes and their leakages.

  • Clean-up every day.

  • Use humidifiers.

  • Let the sunshine in.

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