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How To Get Rid Of Musty Smells After Flood Restoration

When a flood occurs, it's not just the water that needs to be removed from your home. Water can leave behind musty smells and bacteria that may lead to other health problems. If you have been dealing with a flooded home or business, then this article is for you! In this blog post, we will go over some of the best ways to remove those pesky odors as well as provide tips on how to prevent them from coming back in future floods.


Make sure the water is off

There should not be any more water in the home when you start to remove the smell. If there is still water present, it will only exacerbate the problem. Turn off all the faucets and make sure the water is turned off from the main valve as well.

The source of the smell

Now that you have made sure there is no more water in your home, it's time to find out where the smell is coming from. This can be done by doing a walk-through of your house and checking for any visible signs of moisture or mold. Once you have identified where the smell is coming from, take appropriate action to fix the issue.

Remove musty smells with baking soda

One of the easiest ways to get rid of musty smells after a flood restoration is by using baking soda. Baking soda is a natural deodorizer and can help to eliminate smells quickly. Simply mix together baking soda with water to form a paste and apply it directly to the area that is emitting the smell. Let it sit for about 30 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.

Remove musty smells with vinegar

If you are not a fan of baking soda, then you can also use vinegar to get rid of those pesky odors. Vinegar is a natural cleaner and disinfectant, so it will be able to remove any bacteria or mold that may be present in your home. All you need to do is mix together white vinegar with water in a spray bottle and spritz the affected areas.

Open windows to air out the house

The regular step is to open up the windows and let some fresh air in. This will help circulate any remaining smell from your home, thus leaving it smelling clean and fresh once again.

Use a fan to circulate air

If it's not warm outside and you don't want to open the windows, then you can use a fan to circulate the air. This will help speed up the process of getting rid of any musty smells in your home.

Replace wet insulation with fresh dry insulation

If the insulation in your home was wet during the flood, then it will need to be replaced. This is because wet insulation can lead to mold growth and other health problems. Make sure you replace it with fresh, dry insulation as soon as possible.

Prevent future floods with a sump pump

The best way to prevent musty smells after a flood restoration is by installing a sump pump. A sump pump will help keep water out of your home in case of another flood. It's always better to be safe than sorry, so make sure you install one if you don't have one already!

Remove all flooded items

If there are any items in your home that were affected by the flood, then you will need to remove them. This includes furniture, clothes, carpets, etc. Anything that was wet during the flood should be either thrown out and replaced with new items or dried properly before replacing.


Over time, smells can come back into your home. Thus, it's important to take steps in preventing them from returning again in the future. This includes opening windows for fresh air and using fans or dehumidifiers when needed. If you need any help with removing musty odors after a flood restoration, then feel free to contact us!

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