I am in the process of buying a house in NE Ohio. The first time I went
through, the house was dry, there were several ceiling fans and the ac
running. There was no smell of mildew. I went through today, 2 weeks
later and the fans and ac are still running, the house and basement are
still dry but there is a very strong musty, mildew smell through the
entire first floor. We can't find any water or old carpet that smells
mildewy or any reason for the smell. Any ideas on what or where to look?
Has anyone heard of an unknown mildew smell being permanent? What are
some suggestions for getting rid of the smell?
That could be a reason it is being sold . Water somewhere is creating an
environment for mold to grow. Bathroom leaks, a leaking toilet, water
entering windows or trim getting into walls, I would find the cause
before you close and find the cost to repair. I have gable vents that
allow water into the attic and down the walls I cannot fix yet.. Also
some water is getting behind my new Tyvek and mold is growing. Your nose
is correct use it to find the afected areas and get a good inspector
out. It could be expensive to fix or simple.
Agree, very strongly. If there is any way you can back out, do it.
For one, the seller failed to disclose this defect.
There are an infinite number of possible ways for the mildew to be
growing; you are in NO position as a buyer to investigate this
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