Why There Are Musty Odors in Your Home

Do you ever notice a foul or musty odor in your home and can’t seem to find the source? Often times the source is sitting right below your home: your crawl space. Crawl spaces can be easily forgotten about since they are not a main living area of your home, but the health of your crawl space can directly impact your home’s main living areas.

Musty odors are one of the many impacts that your crawl space can have on your home. If you’ve been suffering from musty odors in your home and can’t get rid of the problem, contact LRE Foundation Repair for your free inspection.

What Causes Musty Odors?

Musty odors inside your home can come directly from your crawl space. If your crawl space is left unkempt, there could be moisture issues that are causing these musty odors to form.

Moisture is usually always the main reason for problems in a crawl space as it can wreak havoc on the space in many different ways.

Moisture can enter your crawl space through vents, cracks in the walls, or excess rainwater that floods the space. As this water sits there and becomes stagnant, it can create musty odors that can impact your family’s health.

Based on the way crawl spaces are designed, they don’t allow for much airflow and they are usually dark and damp spaces. This allows those musty odors to become trapped and get worse over time if left untreated.

How Musty Odors Enter Your Home

If the musty odors are coming from your crawl space, how do they enter your home? It seems like an impossible scenario, but the air in your crawl space can directly impact the air inside your home.

If you or your family notice any foul or musty odors in your home, it’s a good idea to get your crawl space checked out for moisture issues.

The Stack Effect

Most musty odors enter your home through a phenomenon called the stack effect. This allows the air inside your crawl space to seep up through the floorboards of your home and enter the main living areas of your home.

If there is mold growth or musty odors already in your crawl space, the stack effect will allow them to make their way up into your home and can impact your family’s health.

The air inside your crawl space directly impacts the air inside your home, which is why it’s important to regularly check your crawl space for any signs of moisture damage.

How to Eliminate Musty Odors

Unfortunately, this isn’t something that air fresheners can fix. To completely eliminate the musty odors in your home, you must tackle the source and get rid of the initial problem that’s causing the musty odors.

Waterproofing your crawl space is the best way to completely eliminate the musty odors in your home since moisture is the main reason for the musty odors in the first place.

  • Crawl space vapor barrier: The vapor barrier is a waterproof liner that eliminates the opportunity for moisture to cause problems. A vapor barrier can help prevent musty odors in your crawl space and your home.
  • Crawl space dehumidifier: A dehumidifier in your crawl space will constantly keep the air dry and clean, eliminating the possibility for musty odors to enter your home.

Avoid Musty Odors with LRE Foundation Repair

Rely on LRE Foundation Repair to waterproof your crawl space and prevent musty odors from entering your home. We’ve helped Florida residents protect their homes since 1989 with many crawl space and waterproofing solutions.

Contact us today for your free inspection on how to prevent musty odors in your home!