It Doesn't Smell (That Bad)!
The nuisance aroma associated with Moisture and Mold related projects are complex and subjective issues that are often difficult to address. Building materials absorb and re-release odors differently; Soil gases and vapors come and go; ambient impacts (from pets, occupants, lifestyles, etc) impact odors and we all just smell things differently.
How Do I Know If I Have A Problem?
A person’s perception of odor is related to their olfactory system which can vary widely from person to person; what smells bad to one person may have no odor at all to someone else. But all odors are an indication of something going on in your home. A good rule of thumb is:
“If the leftovers in your refrigerator smelled like your damp-musty basement, would you eat them?”
How do I Get Rid of That Smell?
You can clean, use air-fresheners, paint, install new carpeting and ventilate the home. But that will just mask the smell and lend temporary relief. The bad smell will just return.
It all goes back to the source. If you have done all you can do and your home still stinks, give GreenWorks a call. They can help identify the source and get rid of your bad smell once and for all.
Frequently Asked Questions
Many folks have (or develop) sensitivity to molds and chemicals that are immediately noticeable. Other times it takes longer as we age, and our immune systems start to decline. Everyone is different. But when one room in your home gives you such immediate discomfort, there is almost always a hidden microorganism to blame. Better bring in a mold specialist.
Actively growing molds have a distinctive musty aroma associated with their life cycle. Picture walking into a basement and what aroma is typically associated with that environment. If you smell smoke, there’s almost always fire. A pro would help you determine what is going on with that aroma.
It’s not unusual to have become so de-sensitized to the aromas associated with your home after living there for decades. Many times folks new to your home will notice the unusual aroma and mention it to you. You should hire a professional and investigate this further as things are not as they always seem to you.
The best way to remove odors is to remove the source. But odors are often absorbed by surrounding building materials and can be difficult to address. To address those areas can use a deodorizing treatment such as a biocide, hydroylation, ozone, etc. It just depends on the type of odor and how long it has been around.
A musty smell is often a sign of a larger moisture challenge. Manage the moisture, and the odor often dissipates as well.