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Why Does My House Smell Musty?

A musty smell can have several different causes, but it can make your home feel less welcoming and even a bit unpleasant. The more you can get the air moving in your home, the better. Ventilation will help remove the musty smell from your house and make your home less attractive to mould and mildew.

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Damp, stale or musty smells are often caused by mould spores or damp conditions and many homes that are suffering from damp problems are usually affected by mould or mildew.

If your home is suffering with mould or mildew it's important to act fast, a musty smell maybe unpleasant but a wall crumbling due to structural damage is something far worse.


What's The Difference Between Mould and Mildew?

Mould and mildew — and the chemicals produced by them — are not great for your personal health or the air quality in your home. Though often used interchangeably, there are differences. 

The term mildew describes certain types of mould or fungus, and generically refers to mould that grows flat and remains on a material’s surface. Mildew likes to grow where moisture levels are high, like shower walls and windowsills.

Mould are fungi that are found indoors and outside. No one is sure how many species of mould exist, but estimates range from the tens of thousands to maybe three hundred thousand or more.

You can find mould in many different places throughout your home — from the tiles in your shower to the crawl space in your basement. The majority of mould favour dark, damp, and warm environment. 


Mould fungal colonies can produce gases, also known as ‘volites’, which may be causing the musty smells you want to get rid of.

With prolonged condensation dampness, mould spores can thrive and permeate into walls, carpets, furniture and other soft furnishings. In some cases, the actual mould growth and source of the musty smell may be hidden from view perhaps behind a wardrobe or in a cupboard.


5 Tips to Get Rid of the Damp Smell in Your Home

Sometimes our home can smell a little musty from time to time even with the best ventilation and installation, with that in mind here are our 5 top tips to banish that musty damp smell:

1) Empty your wardrobe and ensure each item has been throughly washed before being put back in. Also hoover and wipe down your wardrobe, removing dust. 

2) Take your bed linen to a dry cleaners; pillows, mattress, mattress topper or invest in some mattress cleaning products. 

3) Have any soft furnishings and carpets professionally cleaned or hire a machine and do it yourself. 

4) Rinse cycle your washing machine and dishwasher - you may also want to check nothing is clogging either.  

5) Deep clean your bathroom and leave the door and window open for as long as possible so as much natural air can be ventilated in. 


Is There A Permanent Solution?

Mould thrives in damp conditions where there is plenty of moisture to evaporate into the air and raise the humidity levels.

A whole house ventilation system will reduce and control the humidity levels within the home. The unit will diminish damp and condensation and prevent mould problems, leaving the air inside your home clean and fresh, free from musty smells.

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