Removing Musty Odors After Water Damage



Water damage can occur to any home. Often times water damage can be taken care of properly and still leave behind a musty odor. This smell is more than likely caused by mold. To properly fix the problem of a musty home, the affected areas would have to be dried and the mold would need to be properly removed.

However, there are some tips to remove mold related odors.

The homeowner should check damp places throughout the home that could support the growth of mold. Areas larger than 10 square feet should be handled by a professional.

If the affected area is less than 10 square feet, then it does not need a professional and the area can be scrubbed with a mixture of detergent and water. Bleach should never be used as it does not kill mold spores only live mold.

To dry the area homeowners should use dehumidifiers, air movers, and fans. If the problem is large in scale, then a professional restoration company should be called in.


A professional mold remediation company might tell a homeowner that the odor is not caused by mold. In this instance there are several other things that can be done to remove the odor.

If the musty smell is coming from carpets, homeowners can use baking soda. When the carpet is dry the homeowners should sprinkle baking soda on it and let it sit overnight. The next day the homeowner should vacuum the carpet where the baking soda was sprinkled.

When the musty odor is coming from upholstery the homeowner can use white vinegar. The homeowner should spritz the affected area with white vinegar from a spray bottle and let it air dry. The musty odor and the smell of vinegar will dissipate as it air dries.


Individuals interested in hiring an established mold restoration company in Philadelphia, PA can contact First Choice Restoration by visiting their website or by speaking with a customer service representative by calling 800-370-0770. Let First Choice Restoration, be your first choice!

About First Choice Restoration
First Choice Restoration is a water, mold, fire, and smoke remediation company headquartered in Philadelphia, PA. The company also operates additional offices throughout other areas of Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, and Delaware. The company has been assisting homeowners and businesses with water, mold, fire, and smoke cleanup for over 40 years.

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