Common causes of odours
Most people either don’t notice odours or don’t take them seriously. After all, many basements smell musty in summer, after rain or just in general. However, ignoring a mold smell in a house is a mistake, as it is often an indicator of a more serious underlying issue.
For example, one of the most common causes of persistent odors like that musty smell in your basement is mold, which releases chemicals known as MVOCs (microbial volatile organic compounds) into the air. These chemicals are responsible for that persistent earthy odour, which often can be smelled in basements, attics and even in old buildings.
Besides mold odors, homes can suffer smelly situations due to: methane-sulfur in bathrooms that are rarely used, dirt in sink pipes, water heaters, front-loading washing machines, garbage disposals, trash cans, cigarettes (if you have smokers in the house) and so on.
So how can you remove that musty smell from your house?
First, ensure you empty trash cans and check for anything you can relate to specific odours like cigarette smoke. In case you cannot find the cause, getting an odour inspection is a simple but effective solution to finding the real reason behind the nasty smell you are having in your home.