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Steps To Take When A Musty Odor Is Present In Your Crawl Space

Published by 911 Restoration Fayetteville on January 16, 2023 in category: Mold Inspection

Is your crawl space damp? This could cause the smell to seep from the floor to the areas above. Musty odors can be caused by persistent leaks in your crawl space. Water can lead to mold and bacteria growth. We’ll discuss ways to eliminate crawl space odors. We will also talk about common causes of musty odors.


Why Is My Crawl Space Smelling Musty?

Crawl space smells are most often caused by excessive water. Crawl spaces can smell foul, musty, or even dangerous due to excessive water. Because the floor is part of your foundation, it can collect musty odors. Although it may not be apparent immediately, crawl space odors can develop over time. Apart from water, animals can also emit smells. They can also produce strong odors after they are gone or still living in your crawl space. Most damp or musty smells are caused water, especially if they happen after rain or flood. Animals are more likely to be responsible for severe or sudden smells. Check your crawl space for signs that there are animals or water. If there is any standing water, you can dry the crawl space. A crawlspace removal company can be called. It is important to have an sanitation company who deals with animal odors.

How To Get Rid Of Musty Smells In Your Crawl Space
If the problem is caused by moisture, drying your crawl space will resolve it. When you’re trying to eliminate odors from damp crawl spaces, make sure you stay safe. Long sleeves, thick rubber gloves and pants are all recommended. While we recommend you wear goggles and a ventilation device, this is not mandatory.

Damp Crawl Space: How To Get Rid Of Smells

1. Reduce Moisture & Humidity

First, you must get rid of all moisture. If there is no puddle, you can use regular fans or a humidifier.
While you’ll still have to solve the moisture problem, the goal is to get rid of the smell. Turn on the fans for a few more days to dry it. Standing water in your crawl space is a serious problem. You should consult a specialist if you find standing water in your crawlspace. If you don’t, the smell will return.

2. Ventilate Or Open Windows

Open any crawl space windows or vents. This will allow moisture to escape and help remove odors. Keep them open as long as the fans are on. If you don’t have any windows, you can use a fan for fresh air to enter your home. It won’t remove the stench as effectively, but it will be just as effective.

3. Be Sure To Clean And Disinfect

Next, clean and disinfect your crawl space. All items should be washed with warm water and soap. The fans can be left on while you clean to speed up drying. One cup bleach to one gallon water. Spray the solution in a spray bottle. Allow everything to dry completely in the bleach solution. This will kill any bacteria or mold that could cause crawl space smells.

4. Deodorize

Baking soda can be used for deodorizing your crawl space. Baking soda can be used to remove lingering odors and keep your crawl space smelling fresher for longer periods. Baking soda is the best product for removing odors. Baking soda is inexpensive and has a superior ability to eliminate odors. Sprinkle the baking soda on top and it will absorb any odors. It can be vacuumed up or left there for several days. It won’t cause any harm and will continue working for many weeks or even months.


How To Keep Crawl Space Smells From Coming Back

Although these steps will rid your crawl space of musty, damp smells, they could return if there isn’t a water problem. These are some ways to keep your crawl space fresh and clean.
 To allow humidity and moisture to escape, ventilation is required.
 Use a dehumidifier to remove moisture from the air
. Place a moisture barrier on top of the ground to block water and odors
. Waterproof your foundation to keep water out

Crawl Space Odor Can Be Eliminated

Are you fed up with the musty stench in your crawl space. Call at 910-889-8086 today to schedule a quick and affordable crawl space cleaning. 911 Restoration of Fayetteville is available 24/7/365 and respond within 45 minutes to all emergencies.

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