Musty Smell in Basement

My aunt's basement has a very strong musty smell that is in the walls as well as the ceiling and beams. Is there anything that can be painted or sprayed on all the surfaces before regular painting so the smell is entirely covered?


By Lois Crane from OH

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April 26, 20113 found this helpful
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If it's possible open the windows in the basement to ventilate it so fresh air comes in. If you are going to do the job of taking care of the musty smell in the basement, make sure that you wear a face mask before you tackle a cleaning job. Use a mixture of bleach and water and scrub the walls. The bleach and water combination will get rid of the musty smell and mold. I don't know what can be done with the ceiling. What your aunt's basement needs is a dehumidifier which will remove the dampness.

Maybe others will post some of their ideas.

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June 27, 20170 found this helpful

What can i use to get rid of the smell in my basement

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April 27, 20112 found this helpful
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I agree with the idea of using bleach, but also trying using the product KILZ. It's a primer you use before painting.


In my experience, it gets rid of odor and if your going from a darker color to lighter, it works great. Hope this helps.

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April 29, 20110 found this helpful

My basement always smells musty when it starts to get warm. That's when I know it's time to haul the dehumidifier out.

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May 18, 20160 found this helpful

Thank you.

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