Mildew Smell: Where it Comes From, and How You Can Get Rid of It
There’s nothing quite as noticeable or concerning as the smell of mildew in the home. The bad smell is typically caused by excessive moisture coming into the home, hot spots or warm damp places where mildew can thrive, and/or less-than-ideal ventilation. If you are smelling that classic “old” musty smell of mildew, the first thing you should do is to try to figure out where it is coming from, and then take the necessary steps to fix them. In the case of a home that is poorly ventilated, it’s important to install correct ventilation in the form of a window or fan in the places where the moisture is getting in and becoming trapped.
People who are dealing with a musty smell in their homes can take steps to get rid of it. Although mildew can be a stubborn odor to eliminate, with some diligence and a combination of some commonly found ingredients, homeowners should be able to win the battle of the mildew smell. For example, start by cleaning all affected areas with a mixture made up of one part boric acid, two parts white vinegar, two parts hydrogen peroxide, and four parts water. After scrubbing down the walls, floors and even furniture with the boric acid solution, be sure to open up the windows and bring in some fans to help thoroughly dry out and ventilate the space.
To help keep the rooms smelling nice and fresh and mildew-free, keep the windows open as often as you can and let the sunshine get into the room. Bringing in fresh air will help to make the room smell better and allow the mildew smell to dissipate. In addition, consider using a natural product like activated charcoal, which will help to eliminate musty “mildewy” odors.
For homeowners who are unsure where their mildew odor is coming from, the friendly and experienced team from New England Remediation Services (NERS) would be happy to come out and help to find the source of the problem. Then, once they find the water leak or other issue, NERS will help to restore the home to its original condition.
Because the team from NERS is so knowledgeable and familiar with home construction, they know where and how water will get into a home. By removing drywall that is infused with mildew or damp and musty carpet and more, NERS will also make sure that more water does not continue to leak into the home. Once the water problem has been effectively found and fixed, they will repair and replace any carpet, wood and drywall to make the home look as good as new.