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Musty Basement Odor

My 1950s era basement has such a strong musty smell that it can be noticed on the first floor. The house has a waterproofing system on the walls and floor, and there is no moisture anywhere that is visible. The dehumidifier runs 24/7 on high. There are 2 floor drains, one used by the dehumidifier and a sump pump. Help! I can't stand the smell in my kitchen, which wafts up from the basement.


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October 21, 20154 found this helpful
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I have been successful at getting rid of musty odors by setting out bowls of straight white vinegar in such an area. had a friend who lived in the basement area of a very old house. he used the vinegar and it worked for him. took a few days. and to keep the odor away, the vinegar needs to be replaced as needed. also increase the fresh air intake.

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June 11, 20160 found this helpful

Musty spelling 1950's basement

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June 25, 20160 found this helpful

Just an older finished basement. Has a musty smell. Damp rid helps but costly. So I am looking for a home remedy to eliminate the odors.

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August 16, 20161 found this helpful

My house is air tight and the lower level has a distinct musty smell. how can I get rid of it/ The house is 15 years old.

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September 12, 20160 found this helpful

we have a very strong musty smell coming up from basement we want to get rid of

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September 17, 20160 found this helpful

Make sure the drains have water in the trap or it may let him sewer gas that might be what you're smelling

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December 1, 20160 found this helpful

Hello Joan,
did you ever fix the problem with the musty smell?

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