If you’ve recently had a flood in your home and completed water damage cleanup, but you are noticing a musty odor in the room for days or weeks after, you might have a problem with mold. Mold and mildew are common damages related to flooding, and luckily there are professional companies that can help you remediate mold. Not every carpet or room odor is related to mold; however, and if you’re trying to DIY ridding your home of odors, there are a few things you can try.
- Cleaning Carpets- Cleaning up water damage always involves a good carpet cleaning, but sometimes an additional cleaning is necessary after the carpets have dried and the room has aired out. Rather than shampooing the carpets, sprinkle baking soda on them and let it sit overnight. In the morning, vacuum up the baking soda and the smells should be eliminated.
- Cleaning Upholstery- If the musty smells are coming from the furniture, use a white vinegar spritz on the upholstery. Let the vinegar air dry, and you’ll notice the musty odors evaporate right along with the vinegar.
- Call the Professionals- If you’ve cleaned the carpets and the furniture, correctly ventilated the room, and you are still noticing a musty or bad smell in the room, you should consider consulting with the water damage cleanup company that helped restore your home after flooding. They should be able to do a mold assessment and help you find a remedy to removing the mold from your home.
Leaving bad smells unattended can lead to much bigger problems in your home, such as mold getting into the air ducts or causing the structural elements of your home to deteriorate. Trust your nose, especially after recent water damage cleanup, and if there’s a smell you know doesn’t belong, call in the experts to assess mold and mildew.