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Combatting Musty Smells in Your Home

Combatting Musty Smells in Your HomeA house that smells musty can feel unpleasant and less welcoming. Unfortunately, deep cleaning may not be enough to eliminate odors. Read on to find out the possible sources of that stubborn musty smell as well as what you should do to get rid of it for good.

What Causes Musty Odors?

The main culprit behind musty smells in homes is the presence of mildew. Mildew is often found on fruits, vegetables, decorative plants, and other plant materials.

Drywall usually absorbs cigarette odors if it’s regularly subjected to them. Consequently, it will give off a musty smell for years.

Drink spills and pet accidents that you didn’t clean properly contribute as well.

Old HVAC equipment that’s dusty and grimy can also introduce the offensive odor into your home.

How Do You Remove Musty Smells from Your Home?

Here are the best ways to tackle these unpleasant smells:

  • Replace your air filter regularly to prevent the trapped contaminants from spreading the odor.
  • Open up doors and windows to disperse stale smells and let some fresh air in.
  • Clean up after floods or leaks as soon possible.
  • Avoid over watering indoor plants.
  • Fix water leaks quickly and always hire professionals to perform HVAC, plumbing, and roof inspections.
  • Replace carpets and padding that smell musty.

A musty smell is a potential health hazard, so make sure you track it down and eliminate it with the tips above. If you need help with tackling any house odors, contact Hansberger Refrigeration and Electric Company. As HVAC industry leaders in the Yuma area, we can help you get the best possible indoor air quality.

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