Everyone has experienced a musty smell in house at least once in their life. It is not a pleasant smell, but if you know what causes it, you should be able to get rid of it. It is helpful to know the most common causes of a musty smell.
Leaking pipes. Mold and bacteria tend to grow where it is wet, so it makes sense that a leaking pipe provides the perfect atmosphere for these smelly things to grow. Unfortunately, mold and mildew can grow through the plumbing and reach other areas of the house.
Moldy furniture. Another common cause of a musty smell in the house is furniture that has not been cleaned correctly. Mold spores can form a part of the dust in your home and this dust, complete with spores, can spread throughout the home. Cleaning under the furniture can help eliminate this issue.
Warm spots. Mold loves dampness but it also likes heat and depending on the type of mold you have in your home, you may find warmer areas of your house are full of fungi. This can cause the musty smell throughout the house, especially if the mold is in the air conditioning where it can reach the entire house. If just one room is infected, the entire place can begin to smell as air is pumped through the house.
Unclean bathrooms. Even just forgetting to take a wet towel out of the bathroom can cause a musty smell in house. Bathrooms are the perfect places for mildew and mold to grow, as well as other bacteria. You may also find mold and mildew in places that are difficult to clean. For example, drains in the tub and sink can grow all kinds of nasty things that will smell bad. It is best to use cleansers to eliminate these odors.
Rotting walls. In an older house the walls themselves may be deteriorating. Wood homes are particularly bad for this and often the owner will not know because the structure is being damaged inside the walls. Mold growing inside the walls not only causes a bad smell, but it can also be weakening the entire home, causing potential safety issues. It is important to inspect regularly to avoid this issue.
Moldy carpet. Carpets or rugs, when not cleaned correctly, can contribute to the musty smell in house. As mentioned previously, mold spores exist in dust. This dust can land on carpet and with only a little encouragement, will begin to grow there. Carpets can be particularly difficult to clean when they have mold growing in them, but it is possible. You will need to eliminate the smell as well as the mold.
If it sounds like your entire home could be infested with mold or mildew, do not worry. In many cases it is very simple to get rid of mold, using specialty cleaners or even homemade cleaners. If you notice a musty smell in the house, make sure you deal with it immediately as it will only get worse if you wait.
Matt blogs for Next Day Carpet based out of the Washington DC area. Matt writes about home heating and cooling tips and regularly blogs about clean air best practices. You can check out more of Matt’s work at Next Day Air’s blog or you can find him on Google+ as well. For more clean air tips, check out Next Day Carpet’s blog.