Got Mold, or Mildew or a Musty Odor in your basement or another part of your home? The first thing you should NOT do is buy a candle or some odor-sanitizer to cover up the smell. Unless, of course, you are certain that musty smell is from a wet bathing suit someone has thrown on the floor and left there for days. Then, you should absolutely just throw it in the wash and go on about your day.
But if you are walking into another part of your home, say a basement crawl space or bathroom and you are hit with the same unmistakable smell you really need to find the source of the odor and take care of it immediately.
Whether the problem is from a leak or a build-up of humidity you need to have a professional fix the trouble spot and let the area dry out completely.
There are several ways to reduce indoor humidity in your home. Here are just few:
- If you have a basement crawl space, make sure the dirt is covered with plastic. This is used as a vapor barrier. Also, you may need to use a dehumidifier in the space.
- Use ventilation fans in your bathrooms and when cooking in your kitchen. As adults, we know ventilation fans only work when they are turned on. If you have teenagers, well, they will probably remember to turn them on when they are adults and are having moisture problems in their own homes.
- Make sure your dryer is ventilated to the outside and gets a good cleaning out about once a year.
- This one, I have mentioned many times, and is helpful in many aspects the maintenance your home – have your air ducts properly sealed – it helps to control humidity levels in your home.
If you are having any problems with heating, air conditioning or plumbing, or would just like to have your unit serviced call Carmine’s at 203-791-8089 to schedule an appointment.