ou can place bowls of white vinegar, cat litter in open containers, or baking soda throughout your basement in order to absorb the stench. You should notice a more pleasant smelling basement in a couple of days
Dehumidifier would top the list. You could also use products that pull moisture like Damp Rid. It would be a good idea to have it checked to make sure there isn't any type of leak causing excessive moisture as well.
You can have humidity without leaking. We have the house my husband grew up in and it was vacant for a while. All above ground, no water standing, but we went in after 2 weeks and there was a terribly musty smell and a bit of mildew on the cabinets. I wiped everything down with white vinegar and hung Damp Rid bags in a few places. After another 2 weeks, they were full! So we invested in a dehumidifier and problem solved.
The smell is coming from moisture and probably mold. You need to find the source - leak in the basement wall? and repair it. Set up a dehumidifier to take the moisture out of the space and spray vinegar on the walls/floor.
It sounds like it's just 'being a basement'! A dehumidifier will go a long way to helping. Once the humidity is gone, the smell is gone too.
You can place bowls of white vinegar, cat litter in open containers, or baking soda throughout your basement in order to absorb the stench. You should notice a more pleasant smelling basement in a couple of days. Here are 10 tips for dealing with water damage, mold and mildew.
My husband just wiped down some of the wooden shelves down there with bleach & water this weekend too.
Dehumidifiers that have automatic sensors and drain to the outside so you don't have to empty them are the way to go...
Thanks we do have a hose hooked up to the back. It doesn't seem to be pulling much moisture out of the air which is really surprising me.
When there's not much air flow in any area of a home it can begin to smell stale. If you have windows in the area, open them wide and leave open as long as possible. Also, you can buy a sack of bbq briquettes (not the ones enhanced with lighter fluid) and place them in open bowls or containers around various areas of the baement. They do a great job of absorbing any type of odors.
Wow I Have never heard of BBQ briquettes. Thanks.
Hi Penny, hope this helps you with your musty smell in your basement.
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This will help: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9WWXOWDrGE
get a dehumidifier! The musty smell is from mold growing. Mold can't grow though without moisture, so you need to get rid of the moisture in the basement.
You need to remove the moisture. This can be any of the following, seal the walls with Drylock, seal the concrete floor with a concrete sealer, add a dehumidifier, add a fan to one of the small vent windows to keep the air moving and exhaust fumes and moisture out.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YR-mkF-DvZQ&t=45s be sure to get the type of fan with one exhaust fan