Asked on Jun 26, 2018

What can i do to rid that old basement smell?

GinnySharonLeah Alban LeGendre


7 answers
  • Janet Pizaro
    Janet Pizaro
    on Jun 26, 2018

    Dehumidifier,Damp Rid,wash the walls and floor with white vinegar and water
  • Mogie
    on Jun 26, 2018

    The prime causes of basement dampness are:
    • Condensation
    • Humidity
    • Leaky Pipes
    • Wall Cracks
    Pooling Water at the Foundation

    • Get rid of the smell by mixing 1/8 cup white vinegar and 1 gallon warm water. Mix solution and apply with a rag or place in spray bottle to apply. This mix also works to remove musty odors from clothing.
  • Dfm
    on Jun 26, 2018

    have you tried a dehumidifier?
  • Leah Alban LeGendre
    Leah Alban LeGendre
    on Jun 26, 2018

    I have had moderate success using charcoal briquettes to absorb dampness and neutralize odors.
  • Leah Alban LeGendre
    Leah Alban LeGendre
    on Jun 26, 2018

    Make sure the briquettes are not the kind treated with lighter fluid for easily starting a barbeque fire.
  • Sharon
    on Jun 26, 2018

    Dehumidifier, vent window fan, Biocide Systems Room Shocker you can get from Home Depot, Lowes or Walmart. Then seal the concrete floor, and paint the wall with Drylok to keep dampness out. A fan really dries it out quick and you can use one in the vent window to exhaust fumes out.
  • Ginny
    on Jun 27, 2018

    Do you have a dehumidifier? That helps cut down on the "basement" smell. Spraying regularly with Lysol also helps cut odors.
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