How You Can Fix A Water Leak Musty Smell in Your Basement

  • 03 Oct, 2012
Stopping a water leak musty smell in a basement can be a very difficult problem. Especially if there is a crack in the wall where the water in entering.  If there are no cracks and your basement still leaks, there is something you can do to eliminate the water running across the floor.  It’s not […] The post How You Can Fix A Water Leak Musty Smell in Your Basement appeared first on Odor Removal for Just About Everything.

Stopping a water leak musty smell in a basement can be a very difficult problem.

Especially if there is a crack in the wall where the water in entering.  If there are no cracks and your basement still leaks, there is something you can do to eliminate the water running across the floor.  It’s not pretty but concrete and mold never is.  It is, however, effective to stop a water leak musty smell that arrives soon after the leak starts.
Most of the time when water leaks into a basement it is because there is several feet of water standing against  the basement wall on the outside. To stop that, you’ll have to be sure the rain water from the roof runs away from your foundation to help stop the water leak musty smell that will occur in your basement.  The water has no where else to go but under the wall or find a weak spot in the wall, create a hole in the wall called a crack and leak on in.  And that creates your water leak musty smell.
To know more about how the water gets in, take a look at this diagram of your wall and floor joint.

When not done right you will get water leak musty smell in your basement.

  1.  When your cellar is  dug out of the ground, the contractor digs out a trench of dirt all the way around where the foundation wall is going to stand.  Its called a footer.  It is very important that the bottom and sides of this trench are UN-disturbed dirt and that the forms used to make the top of the concrete poured into the trench flat and level are in fact level and where the foundation wall is supposed to go.
2.  After the footer has cured, the concrete bricks are put up on the footer and fixed in place with mortar. Because the interior of the cement blocks are largely open and they are not stacked one on top of the other.  They are staggered to improve the strength of the wall.  The webs inside the blocks do not line up. So all the mortar is placed on the sides and ends of the block being careful not to leave any gaps in the mortar.
if there is space between the footers, water can get in.  Thus, water leak musty smell.  This happens during the winter when the temperatures freeze and thaw.  The bricks crack, water gets into your basement.

So what can be done to solve your water leak musty smell situation?

  1. Drain the wall into the floor drain or sump pit with PVC pipe and fittings.
  2. If necessary, you may have to add a sump pump.
  3. Put drainage on the outside of your house to take excess roof water away from your foundation.
And to get rid of the water leak musty smell, Air Quality Manager (AQM) by OdorXitwill safely oxidize any mold and musty smells in the air and leave the air smelling fresh and leave no mold behind.  It is a chlorine dioxide gas that floats through the air when you turn a fan on.  It will work in your basement up to 30 days.  Once the water leak musty smell is gone it won’t come back, unless you have another leak in your basement.
If you need to get a mold oxidizer into the walls where water has been siting for months or years, and a gas from AQMjust won’t work, a similar product is MOMS – Mold Odor Mildew Smoke by OdorXit.  It gets submerged in water and you can spray it wherever the stinky musty moisture was sitting and remove your water leak musty smell completely.
 

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By Terri Friedhoff 24 Oct, 2017

The recent storms that have ravaged multiple parts of the US have caused unprecedented damage. If you or your loved ones were affected by any of these storms, our thoughts and best wishes go out to you. Because these storms were so large in scale, people have experienced everything from moderate to complete damage.


Since getting rid of bad odors is our area of expertise, we want to help anyone who lost power for an extended period of time during one of these storms but didn't face complete damage to their home and belongings. Even if you're dealing with a refrigerator that smells incredibly bad due to it being fully defrosted and having items like frozen food decompose for days or even weeks, we want to go over how you can fully restore your appliance to its former condition.


5 Steps to Saving Your Refrigerator After Losing Electricity


The first step is to remove all of the spoiled food. This can be a truly nasty and smelly experience, which is why you'll want to wear a protective mask and gloves as you do it. Once your refrigerator is clean, take it outside and spray it out with a garden hose. If you have a truck or access to one, consider taking your appliance to a car wash and use the high-powered equipment to spray it out.


The next step is to spray one ounce of OdorXit Concentrate mixed with 30 ounces of water everywhere the refrigerator smells. That means spraying the insulation behind the doors,

under and around the door gaskets, the inside, behind the drawers and every little opening where the defrosted food might have dripped. Once the OdorXit Concentrate solution comes in contact with the rotten food smells, it will remove them from your refrigerator completely and safely.


The second to last step is to let the refrigerator dry outside then bring it back in the house. Don't panic if it still smells a little. It just means there is still at least one spot that hasn't been treated yet. You'll be able to knock it out by continuing to sniff and spraying wherever you detect even a slight odor.


The final step is to remember to be a good neighbor! Spray a few shots of the OdorXit Concentrate solution in the drain at the car wash or wherever you ended up treating your appliance. Anyone who comes by after you will be very glad you did.


By following the process above, it's possible to save even the worst smelling refrigerator, which in turns means saving hundreds of dollars by not needing to buy a replacement. So if you know anyone who's currently trying to restore belongings like their refrigerator, feel free to share this post with them by email or on Facebook.


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