What to do About Musty Basement Smells

We’ve all experienced it: as you descend into a basement, you notice a distinct, musty smell. This experience is so familiar, many of us have come to dismiss as just that typical ‘basement’ smell. But the truth is that this is nothing to take lightly. If you experience this in your own home, you should take some action to get rid of it. Here’s what you need to know about eliminating musty basement smells.

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A musty smell in your basement could indicate a waterproofing problem in your basement. Here’s what you can do about it.

The Truth About Musty Basement Smells

Before we get to work teaching you how to eliminate musty basement smells, let’s take some time to explain why they’re a problem. Noticing that distinct ‘basement smell’ upon going downstairs should be a red flag for both your health and your home. Almost always, these odors originate from moisture or water damage.

If you have a water problem in your basement, you may notice some of these other signs:

  • Rust on appliances
  • Excessive humidity levels
  • Standing water (in extreme cases)

When water seeps into your basement, it’s more than just an inconvenience. It’s a serious problem you need to remedy as quickly as you can. Where there is water or excess moisture, there will be mold. Over time, it could even lead to rot. Mold poses a severe threat to your respiratory health. Rot, on the other hand, compromises the structural integrity of your home and may require costly repairs.

But to eliminate musty basement smells and the other consequences of water in your basement, you’re going to need some help.

The Solution: Basement Waterproofing

Unfortunately, there is typically no DIY solution for eliminating musty basement smells. In extremely minor cases, a dehumidifier may cut down on the problem. But you will have to get the attention of a professional to get down to the root of the issue.

The solution lies with professional basement waterproofing. This covers any and all avenues through which water or moisture may enter your basement, and seeks to plug these holes. Here are some typical components of a functioning waterproofing system:

  • Sump pumps
  • Downspout extensions
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Watertight basement windows

Almost always, we can attribute that basement smell to a compromised basement waterproofing system. Our experts can find the weak link in the system and remedy the problem before you know it.

Contact All Aspects Waterproofing Today for Your Waterproofing Needs

Whether you need a new sump pump installed or want to waterproof your entire basement, contact All Aspect Waterproofing, a Better Business Bureau A+ rated company with over 30 years of experience in the Washington, DC./Maryland/Virginia area. We have a great deal of experience in waterproofing, mold testing, and mold remediation, and we want to make you feel at home again. Contact us online or by calling 1-866-999-3110 or 301-766-4420. To see what we’re up to, follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterestYouTubeLinkedIn, and Houzz.



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