As the old saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers.” It also brings a lot of humidity and dampness, and for basements, that can mean musty basement odors that are next to impossible to eliminate. Basements also typically don’t have as much ventilation as other parts of a home since many don’t have windows, and the air down there can get stale pretty quickly. It can be tempting to spray some room fragrance into the air and hope for the best. But there are better ways to bust up those basement odors!
If your basement smells musty, it could be because you have a leak or water condensation that has accumulated. That kind of dampness makes a perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew, and even when the leak is repaired, and the mold and mildew are removed, an odor can still linger. It’s not only unpleasant, it can also be a trigger for those with allergy sensitivities or asthma. Utilizing a high-quality dehumidifier can help extract excess moisture from the air, providing a more arid environment where it’s harder for mold and mildew to thrive.
The air quality in your basement is also important, and determined by several factors. For example, if ventilation is limited and the overall circulation is quite still, the air can become stale. In the upper part of a home, doors and windows are commonly opened, allowing for a natural air flow – and this is less common in basement spaces.
To completely eliminate musty and moldy odors, though, some kind of basement air exchange is necessary. After the excess moisture has been removed, it’s a good idea to follow up with a powerful air purifier. Take into account the square footage of your basement so you can get a unit capable of cleaning the air in your space. Air purification units like the Beyond Guardian Air or the PHX can clean a room up to 351 sq. ft. at 4.2 ACH (air changes per hour) or up to 2000 sq. ft. at 1.0 ACH. They also use exclusive ActivePure Technology to destroy up to 99% of contaminants in the air and on surfaces.
Using synthetic fragrances to make your basement smell better just cover up odors, aren’t long lasting, and contribute to the decline of that space’s indoor air quality. If you’re still wanting a subtle fragrance, try dabbing an essential oil like lavender, lemongrass or grapefruit, or an extract like vanilla onto a cotton ball, and set it on a small dish in the corner of the room. It will provide a light fragrance while still maintaining the quality of your indoor air.
It’s possible for a stinky basement to smell good again. Highly-trained Aerus Certified Basement Smell Buster professionals can help! They provide prompt, in-home services and products, including floor and surface care, air and surface purification, water purification, humidity control, and service treatments for your whole home.
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