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5 Tips for Eliminating Damp Smells in Your Home

If they’re not dealt with quickly, moisture issues can cause health problems (such as itching and redness on the skin and breathing problems) and lead to problems with rot (in wood, especially) and heavy condensation on the walls and windows (the water in the air condenses into liquid form with the temperature reduction). What can you do to deal with damp smells in your home? Follow this guide.

Humidity and insulation

The ideal humidity level of the air inside a house in the winter should be between 35% and 45%. Starting from 60%, you’ll notice the appearance of mold and the proliferation of dust mites. To measure your humidity level, equip yourself with a hygrometer, a small device capable of measuring ambient humidity, for less than $100 CAN, and easy to find at any hardware store. If, despite relatively dry air (that is, with a relative humidity of 35% or less), you still notice condensation or mold on the walls, it’s very likely that you have an insulation problem. You’ll have to reinforce the insulation in the walls (with water-resistant plaster panels, for example) as well as the tightness of your windows. You can find more information here about measuring humidity and ways to fight it.

Reduce the humidity level

Begin by identifying the sources of moisture in your home – most often, they come from the kitchen and the bathroom. You should install fans there. In addition, make sure that the air from the dryer is expelled outside your house. Finally, in particularly humid rooms, you can install a portable dehumidifier. Of course, the relative humidity level is linked to temperature: you can find more information about this topic here.

5 simple and practical solutions for effectively combating damp smells

  1. Baking soda effectively combats the damp smell in a house. Just pour some into a dish that you can place in the room where the smell is the strongest. Results guaranteed! And to clean mold, you can prepare a mixture of a few spoonfuls of baking soda and a pint of water, to which you should add a pinch or two of fine salt. Spray this mixture on the surfaces to be cleaned.
  2. Avoid collecting green plants in your home, which tend to accumulate moisture. Better yet, why not grow plants that absorb moisture, such as yucca and orchids?
  3. In the kitchen, consider covering your dishes that simmer with a lid: you’ll thereby avoid getting condensation on the walls and the ceiling. Likewise, make sure that the air expelled by your dryer is directed outside the house. Furthermore, if you can do so, it’s always best to dry your wet clothes outdoors.
  4. Leave about an inch of space between the walls and your furniture. The air will circulate better, preventing the formation of mold and the appearance of unpleasant odours!
  5.    White vinegar cleans and neutralizes damp smells. Clean your interior regularly with a cloth soaked in white vinegar. And if the smell bothers you, you can add some lemon juice.

And to go further

You’ll find a few official links here and here that will let you better understand the problems caused by moisture issues… and above all, fight them better! In addition, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation has published a guide – available online – that brings together all the useful information about moisture and the air, as well as the ways to sanitize your home and the inspections to be carried out.

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