Basement odors are common, especially for older homes, but no matter how
old or new your home is, there are many reasons odours can pop up in a
basement. With the changing seasons and sometimes drastic weather here in Toronto, it’s easy to start getting some funky odours down there if there is dampness and poor air circulation.
If your basement has a slight odour, here are six things that
could be causing it:
Having cracks on basement walls is something that is very common. Those
who are living in newer homes may also find some cracks on their cinder or
concrete basement walls. These cracks will then start to leak thereby
creating dampness which will eventually result to a musty odor. So, once
you notice some cracks in your basement walls, be quick enough to patch
them very well. But, if you think that the cracks are active and could
develop into long cracks be prepared to call on the help of an expert.
Annoying basement odors brought about by condensation usually occurs
during summer when pipes have been covered with condensation. Cold water
pipes will have condensation build-up resulting to drips into the basement
floor. Once you find some condensation developing cover the pipes
immediately with insulated wraps to avoid dampness and musty odor in your
3. Leaking Pipes
There are also times when people mistake condensation for leaky pipes.
When a pipe leaks, annoying odor in the basement will likely to occur.
Cover the leaking part of the pipe with epoxy compound. But, the pipe may
require a different repair method if it has tiny holes in it. If these
pipes will continue to leak after doing some quick-fix then you should
start thinking about calling a licensed plumber
Humidity is another cause of having annoying odors in the basement. This
is true even when the basement is not damp. If you notice your basement
having musty odor and you cannot find any damp area, you should try using
a dehumidifier. Attach a hose into the dehumidifier to allow the extra
moisture to pass through the basement drain. Putting a dehumidifier in the
basement is one effective way to eradicate the bad odor in the basement
caused by trapped humidity.
5. Weeping Walls
Weeping walls in the basement is one great source of musty odor.
Unfortunately, weeping walls do require complete repair or much work by
using several other methods in order to stop having musty odor problems in
the basement. A dehumidifier and other moisture control methods will
certainly not work in eliminating the musty odor in the basement if it is
caused by weeping walls.
6. Mold and Mildew
If stagnant moisture is left unchecked in the basement a musty odor will
most likely to occur. This is due to the growth of bacteria that manifests
in the form of mold and mildew which may spread rapidly or slowly depending
on the size of the leak. Mold will almost always be present in the basement
because of the moisture from the underground unless you live in a very arid climate or have awesome ventilation in your basement.
Do you have odors in your basement and can’t find the source? Contact Nusite Group, they can answer any questions you may have.
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