How to Dry Out a Wet Basement

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Basements don’t always have a good reputation, that’s for sure. While they are known for being cold and dark, they also often tend to be wet. Sometimes, all a basement needs is a musty smell and a high level of humidity to classify as a wet basement. Fortunately for many people, drying out a wet basement is not as difficult as it sounds. Unless you are experiencing a major case of basement flooding, there is most likely a way to fix it by yourself.

The first thing that you will have to do is remove the water, if there is any. You can do that with a mop and a few towels. Once this is done, we recommend that you open the windows and air the area out (assuming that the weather outside permits it, of course). If you do not own one, we also recommend buying and running a dehumidifier in your basement to remove the excess moisture present in it. Some people also like to run fans regularly to circulate the air.

Keep in mind that to avoid mildew problems, sometimes getting rid of water-damaged furnitures and possessions is inevitable,

After having dried your basement properly, the next step consists of figuring out the source of the water. Depending on your basement, the overall health of your house and where you live (among several other factors), a wet basement can be linked to a number of issues and problems that can prove to be costly in the long run. Finding the source of the water and fixing it should therefore be your main priority. Thankfully, numerous resources to help you along the way are available online such as this one.

How to Rid Your Basement of the Musty Smell

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Are you tired of the damp, musty smell permeating your basement? You probably are not alone.

The truth is that getting rid of that smell has the potential to be more complicated than you’d like it to be. Every basement is different, and as such it is impossible to find a solution that works for everyone. It then becomes your responsibility to try and find the source of the smell.

Fortunately for you, finding the source of the smell is not that difficult. In most cases, you can link the smell to mildew, a type of fungus that feeds off the warm and humid areas of your basement. If your basement is humid, then chances are you can find mildew growing on your basement walls, tiles or even crawl spaces. How much of it you can find will depend on the severity of your situation.

After figuring the source of the smell, the next thing that you will have to do is rid your basement of mildew. If the latter has spread on objects, throwing them away might be the best idea. Furnitures and carpets should be taken outside when the sun is out and left to dry. Keep in mind that sometimes it is nearly impossible to rid objects, furnitures and especially clothes of the musty smell.

The next step includes giving your entire basement a thorough cleaning. Here is a tutorial on how to remove mildew. If your basement suffers from a severe case of mildew (or mold) we recommend calling on the help of professionals. The faster you are at noticing it, the easier (and quicker) the cleaning will be.

Following the cleaning of your basement, always ensure that the later is properly ventilated. You can do that by keeping the windows and basement doors open as well as installing a a fan and running it regularly. Make sure that the initial cause of mildew is taken care of. In other words, if your basement is too humid, install a dehumidifier. If leaks can be found along the foundation of your basement, fix them.

Keeping a basement clean and mildew-free is often the first step in ridding it of the musty smell.