Barnyard. Old books. That must smell is hard to describe but is easy to recognize as a problem. The most common reason for a musty smell in your home is the presence of mold or mildew. And because the microbial volatile organic compounds (MVOCs) emitted from mold and mildew have a low odor threshold, any musty smell does not necessarily mean that there is a large volume of it. You need to find it and correct the problem. It is important to do so to avoid water damage and restoration costs that may follow. From the professionals ate Rainbow International of Oxford, here are a few places you should look for mold to begin the water damage restoration process:
Moist and warm, bathrooms are like heaven to mold spores. You will want to check the most obvious places like the tiles in the shower but do not forget to check under the sink, around the toilet, and in the walls. Water leaks may not always be evident right away, but if you do a thorough inspection of your bathrooms, you should be able to tell if there is a moisture problem causing mold growth. Always run your bathroom exhaust fan after a shower to remove as much moisture as possible.
Many sources of water can lead to many wet places. Look inside of, underneath, and around your refrigerator, dishwasher, wine fridge, sink, microwave and stove. Double check seldom used small appliances like coffee makers, rice cookers and crockpots for forgotten moisture. thoroughly inspect every aspect of your garbage storage areas.
Because you probably do not spend a ton of time in these rooms of your home, they are likely dark, warm, and damp. Check around for problems in your insulation, around the water heater and furnace, near any vents coming off the laundry room, kitchen, or bathroom. These places are crucial to the integrity of your Torrington home, and can be places for severe water damage restoration issues.
You can do all the cleaning you want, but if you do not take measures to fix any water leaks or other moisture problems, you will find yourself right back at square one. The CDC confirms this, saying, “Mold will grow in places with a lot of moisture, such as around leaks in roofs, windows, or pipes, or where there has been flooding.” Once you have identified the source of the musty smell in your home, decide whether it requires maintenance that you can do yourself or if it makes more sense to hire a contractor like Rainbow International to do the work for you. (If you are renting, remember that most leases require your landlord to pay for the repairs.)
If you did find places with mold or mildew, you would need to do a deep clean of the area (in addition to identifying what caused the growth and fixing that). Although you can use bleach to kill and remove mildew, make sure you have adequate ventilation to the outside and wear protective equipment like rubber gloves and a face mask. Or call the water damage restoration professionals in Torrington, Rainbow International of Oxford.
When you suffer from a water damage disaster, it is crucial to get professional help to get it cleaned up and restored immediately. Mold and mildew are a real threat to both homes and businesses and can damage the integrity of the structure of your property.