Sometimes everything can look okay around your home, but your nose may be telling you something different. A musty odor can be a sign of a few different problems that can lead to very costly home repairs, or even health issues for your family.
Read on to see the 4 reasons why you can’t afford to ignore that unpleasant smell!
1. Mold and Health
A musty odor in your home most likely means that mold and mildew is growing somewhere. “Mold” and “mildew” are both words we use to talk about fungal growth that can occur indoors or outdoors, and too much indoor mold growth can lead to health issues.
Some people suffer from mold allergies, which can cause symptoms that can include fatigue, sneezing, eyes that are itchy, red and watery, coughing, and sore throat. Some research suggests that children who are exposed to too much mold in the home have a higher risk of asthma, and people who breathe in too many mold spores can also develop upper respiratory infections.
If you smell a musty odor in your home, follow your nose to where the odor is strongest. Move things around if necessary until you find where the mold is, and then eliminate the mold with Wet & Forget Indoor.
Remember that mold can grow in areas where you don’t see it, such as in attics or closets, or up above dropped ceilings.
2. The Big Costs of a Wet Basement or Crawlspace
If you have a basement, the musty smell could mean that your basement has a moisture problem. A damp basement or wet basement leads to mold growth that causes the musty smell, and can also cause other problems.
Wet basements are often the cause of poor rain water drainage outside your home. For example, if your don’t properly grade your lawn, rain water will run towards your home instead of away from it, pool around the foundation, and seep into the basement or crawlspace.
Also, if your rain gutters and downspouts aren’t functioning properly, they can allow rain water to pool around your home’s foundation. The danger of water pooling at your home’s foundation is that it will freeze and thaw as the seasons change, causing your home’s foundation to crack and leading to major repair costs.
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3. Avoiding a Roof Leak Disaster
A roof leak is another potential source of that musty odor you’re smelling. Even a small roof leak, if left unchecked, can add up to major water damage for your home.
Check your attic if you have one, and take a peek above any dropped ceiling tiles if you have them, if the smell seems to be coming from the ceiling. Experts also recommend inspecting your roof at least twice a year to make sure it stays in good condition; click here for more information.
4. Check for Damaging Plumbing Problems
Leaky plumbing can also cause a musty odor, along with major damage. According to the Insurance Information Institute, the average claim for a simple malfunctioning toilet costs anywhere from $2,000 to $10,000 per incident!
As you follow your nose to where the musty odor seems to be the strongest, be sure to look closely for moisture around and underneath any pipes or appliances that use water, such as toilets, washing machines, water heaters, or refrigerators with ice makers. If you find any leaks, call in a plumber or appliance repairman.
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