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What Am I Smelling In My Basement?

What Am I Smelling In My Basement?
A smelly basement is not just an odor problem; it usually indicates something more severe is going on. Mold is a symptom of consistent moisture. What you are smelling could be just damp materials, but it could also be mold growing and the off-gassing of that process. Mold isn't pleasant nor healthy. With mold remediation, Steam Action mold remediators treat against both water and mold to ensure the spores are completely removed. There are several steps you, as a homeowner, can take to help fix this issue.

Step #1

Doing some simple cleaning can accomplish quite a bit. Keeping things clean – and dry – is key to curbing the smells that can come from a basement. Take the time to inspect all the materials in your basement and take out and clean those that might be damp or have an odor. A little suspicion goes a long way.

Most likely, these items that could have odor issues are porous materials, such as clothing, bedding, drywall, and similar items. It's essential to have your basement carpet cleaned professionally. Using a home carpet cleaning machine might do more damage than good. Hire Steam Action. Our goal as mold remediators is to return the indoor environment to a state of normal fungal ecology as well as minimize health risks and structural damage.

Step #2

Look at the sources of potential musty odors. Drafty windows, walls that seep in water, anything that can create odors should be inspected and addressed. Remember that musty smells usually come from mold growth. Steam Action's staff includes certified mold remediators and certified mold inspectors who can determine the cause and origin of the microbial issue as well as full remediation.

Step #3

Although you may think that your basement is nice and dry, it might not be. The only way is to monitor the humidity level. Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60% ) to decrease mold growth by venting bathrooms, dryers, and other moisture-generating sources to the outside; using air conditioners and dehumidifiers; increasing ventilation; and using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing, and cleaning. At Steam Action, we have a hand-held device that will measure the humidity level in the room or space.

Your basement may need a dehumidifier that will display the humidity level of the space. This way, you can run the dehumidifier as needed to keep the humidity at the level you want it to be. The lower the humidity, the less you should experience musty odors and mold growth in the basement.

And the absolute best way to know if those musty smells from the basement are due to water intrusion, or other restoration issues is to consult with your favorite water damage professionals, Steam Action.

A timely response is key to preventing further damage. If you are facing any of these issues, call us today to inspect your home or business. We serve the following counties: Mahoning, Beaver, Columbiana, Lawrence, Mercer, and Trumball.

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