Damp Musty Smells
Very often you may notice that your home smells musty in certain areas. It can be difficult to pin-point the exact location of the smell, making it impossible to treat.
When a property is suffering from some sort of damp, mould and mildew are often present. The musty smells occur when the mould releases mould spores into the air in our homes.
Our conscious drive to increase the energy efficiency in our homes by installing measures that retain heat, e.g. double glazing, can have a negative effect on your home’s ventilation, as there is no natural route out for our humid air to escape, meaning the mould spores contaminate our air, spreading dangerous and toxic spores around our homes, as the air hits the colder surfaces of the house, forming more mould. Mould can even spread into walls and timber which is why the smells cannot always be traced.
We produce so much moisture through simple every day chores such as bathing, washing, cleaning, ironing, and boiling kettles.
Even if you can see mould areas, cleaning products, even bleach cannot kill mould. Dampair’s compact complete ventilation system pumps fresh filtered air into your whole home pushing out, and eradicating harmful air from your home permanently. After installation the mould can be cleaned with a specialist mould product.
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Getting Rid Of Musty Smells
If you’re noticing a musty smell in your house, here are some steps you can take to get rid of the smell.
Determine how many rooms are affected
Is the smell only in one bedroom, or is it in a series of rooms? If it’s in several rooms, the cause will probably be lack of good ventilation, in which case seek professional advice.
Locate the source of the musty smell
If it’s a more localised smell, you should be able to find the source of it with enough sniffing around. Sometimes it’s as simple as a condensation which if left for more than 6 hours at any given time will form and develop mould spores
Open up all windows and doors to let the fresh air in
Provided it’s not too cold out and it’s safe to do so, this is the first and easiest step you can take to air out your house. 95% a musty smell can just be caused by lack of ventilation. Let the fresh air pour in, and open up all curtains and blinds to let in the daylight! Don’t forget to open up shut-in spaces like cupboards, cabinets, and closets. Opening windows will have a limited affect. If you want to completely cure condensation and mould then you will need to install mechanical ventilation.
Turn on all ventilation fans or bring in electric fans, if necessary
Modern bathrooms and kitchens often have ventilation fans which you can turn on to air out smells. If a room has no windows or gets little circulation (like an attic or basement), you can always bring in a portable electric fan and run it for a while to get the air moving.
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