H2O Mold Restoration Gurus are experts at getting rid of musty smells caused by water damage and the growth of mold in homes and businesses. You might want to do try to solve the problem yourself if the problem is very limited. A musty smell in your home can be a big concern. They can make you feel like you’re suffocating, and they just seem to linger in your nose and mouth. It can make your house unbearable to live in and make it hard to focus on anything else besides that horrible odor. It’s also the first sign of water damage, which you want to take care of as soon as possible.
Musty smells are often pervasive in older homes because they can also come from decaying building materials. The reason is that musty smells typically come from water damage and mold growth, which means there is too much moisture in the air, causing spores to grow all over your home or office’s surfaces, including wood, drywall, carpeting, and insulation material.
Luckily, there are many ways to remove musty odors from your home so that you don’t have to suffer anymore. Here are some steps to take if you want to remove musty smells after water damage and or mold remediation.
- Identify and remove the source of the smell
The first thing to do when thinking of getting rid of musty smells is to identify the source of the odors. It’s no secret that smells always have an origin. And until you determine where they are originating from, you cannot eliminate them.
- Open windows and doors to let in fresh air
Once you have determined the source of the smell, it’s time for work. Open up your windows to let fresh air in. You will need it while you work. Also, the air entering your home will help to dry out the affected areas if you live in an area that isn’t very humid.
- Remove any standing water with a wet/dry vacuum or with a mop and bucket.
Use a wet or dry vacuum to remove standing water. If you don’t have one, use a mop and bucket. While vacuuming your floors thoroughly, pay special attention to corners and cracks where mold is likely to grow.
- Use dehumidifiers to dry out the affected area and remove excess moisture from the environment
Additionally, employ dehumidifiers to dry out affected areas. They will eliminate excess moisture from your home or building, thereby eliminating mold spores and making it less likely for mold spores to grow and spread through the air.
- Remove wet materials, such as carpets or drywall
If your carpets and drywalls have been affected by water, remove them. Also, remove anything else affected by the water.
- Clean up and remove all debris from the flooring, carpets, furniture, etc.
The mixture of dirt and moisture can result in musty smells, so clean up your carpet, furniture, flooring, and anything else with debris.
- Replace any damaged or soiled materials such as carpeting or insulation
If any of the materials are damaged, it is essential to replace them as soon as possible. This step might be painful and costly, but it is better to get rid of them than to continue entertaining musty odors that can result in health problems, including asthma and allergies.
- Disinfect and clean the entire room with bleach solution
Spray surfaces with an antimicrobial cleaner (such as bleach) that is safe for use on surfaces and materials such as hardwood floors, countertops, and cabinets. Then wipe clean using paper towels or rags. Ensure you do not leave any residue behind!
To avoid harsh reactions when using bleach as a cleaning solution, ensure you get an appropriate mixture of bleach and water.
- Allow for drying time before returning anything back into the room and using it again
Ensure that anything you took outside for cleaning dries up properly before bringing them back inside. Also, allow the areas to dry out before putting back furniture and other belongings in their places.
- Remove Mold
More often than not, musty smells arise from mold, except you have been leaving wet clothes all over the place. This is besides originating from wet materials damaged by water. If you have carried out a proper inspection and identified mold as the source of the smell, get rid of it immediately. If the mold growth is minor, you might be able to handle it yourself, provided you have proper training.
- Deodorize Affected Areas
If you have done everything in the previous steps and everything goes well, you will only need to deodorize the environment. You can use a combination of natural air fresheners, vinegar, and baking soda to soak up any foul smells. You can apply these (vinegar and baking soda) when cleaning up your carpet and other affected materials.
- Call the Professionals
Many cases of musty smells are better left to the professionals. Depending on your earlier investigation, you might decide to call the experts, especially when the odor comes from extensive mold infestation and water-damaged walls, drywalls, attic insulation, and basements.
We’re always here to help. H2O Mold Restoration Gurus has the expertise and equipment needed to remove musty smells from your home after water damage. We have a long list of satisfied clients who can attest to our impeccable work. Our well-trained professionals will work with you every step of the way, ensuring you get the best results.