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Eliminating Water Damage Odors

3/21/2022 (Permalink)

If you have recently experienced a water damage in your home, you may notice lingering smells. Musty, heavy smells are unpleasant for residents, and if the smell is the result of an active mold or mildew infestation it could pose a serious health risk as well. With this in mind, knowing how to eliminate water damage odor, becomes imperative.

Dry the Affected Area

The first item to check off the list, is making sure that your house is completely dry. Of course you make sure the damaged area gets totally dried, but don’t forget to check your home for other sources of moisture. Kitchens, bathrooms, and the corners of basements are all common areas for the mold that causes water damage odor to grow. Dehumidifiers and air-moving fans will be necessary tools so you can dry out any moisture that you find in your home. If the water and/or dampness doesn’t seem to be receding, you should consult us at SERVPRO. Professional, quality air-moving fans and dehumidifiers pack a much bigger punch than their residential counterparts.

Combat the Mold

After you’ve dried up all moisture in your house, begin ridding your home of any mold that has grown. Mold does present a health concern for humans and pets. Mold releases spores that can cause health effects. Additionally, bacteria feast on the waste that mold produces. This can weaken the structure of your home and causes a lot of the water damage odor that troubles homeowners. If the mold damage is too severe for you to take care of or handle, give the mold professionals a call at 989-705-2400. 

Don’t Mask Water Damage Odor

If you have an issue with water damage odor that has resisted your attempts to clean it up, don’t settle for masking it. Masking the smell may prevent the unpleasant odor, but won’t stop any health risks that mold and mildew pose. If smell seems to be lingering, it’s more likely that there’s some water damage you haven’t found yet. A professional water damage restoration company like SERVPRO will be able to find any hidden water damage and get to the bottom of the odor. Ignoring this problem won’t make it go away: mildew, mold, and water damage odor only gets worse.

Know What to Do

Knowing how to eliminate water damage odor is important to you as a homeowner. Never ignore musty smells that come from water damage, and don’t try to mask them either. Make sure you dry up any moisture found in your home, as this helps to stop mold growth. You can use dehumidifiers and air-moving fans to help dry up moisture in your home. If you need help, call your local SERVPRO water damage experts at 989-705-2400!

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