Since you specifically mention the basement and master bedroom closet, I
strongly suspect moisture problems (current or past) causing the smell.
Water damage isn't always visible. You can have mold growing behind walls
which can release a "musty" smell. The panel you mention in the master
closet is possibly a plumbing access panel. Is there a bathroom on the
adjoining wall. Open the panel and sniff in there. If it has the same
musty smell, there may be or have been water leaking from the shower/tub. I
don't have experience with basements but I know moisture problems are not
uncommon. How about having someone (a contractor) check the walls with a
moisture meter next time it rains. They will be able to tell if there is an
elevated amount of moisture in the basement walls. Good luck!
I suggest unfortunately--replace ALL carpet and pain all surfaces.
I would clean the floors under the old carpet (before installation of new)
with a bleach and water solution. You can save a lot of $ by ripping up
your own carpet. YOU should wear a mask of some type!!!!!
Paint all the walls-yes, you need to at least wash them down with bleach and
I would use a good quality paint.
In the basement-use a paint that is a water sealent. If the floor is
concrete you will also need to seal that!!
Make sure you vacuum every little nook and crany-I know you had a cleaning
service in but there are those "little places that are missed.
When cleaning the floors before recarpeting them, I would steam the
baseboards--with something like a steam buggy or something like that! It
helps to flush out all the dirt--use a brush also.
What about the kitchen--paint inside the cabinets-wash them first.
Check all the walls in every closet with a "work light" by your side--one of
those hallogen ones. If there is a wall that you don't like the looks
of--replace it-or at least cover it.
Good luck--it's too bad you didn't insist on all this BEFORE the
sale--unless you got this as a REAL bargain!!
Good luck--and if you need advice about specific stains and products-holler
On 23 Oct 2003 12:15:51 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org (Morac) wrote:
You might be surprised if you were to pull up the carpet. My house
that I've lived in for two years had carpet that looked fairly clean
(but definitely was worn). My house would periodically smell musty
and almost smokey, and I just couldn't pin down the source of the
smell. This weekend we ripped out the carpet in the main part of the
house in preparation to having the hardwood beneath refinished; the
carpet looked clean enough on top, but the underside revealed
literally hundreds of "puddles", I'm guessing from the previous
I'm glad to get rid of the nasty carpet, but even gladder that the
musty, smokey smell is gone. See if you can pull back the carpet in
an inconspicous spot and inspect the underside for pet stains.
Lauri in WA
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I was gone a few days during damp, mild weather. When I returned, the
house smelled moldy enough to make me cough.
Airing didn't help me, either.
Noting where the smells were strongest each time I came in helped me
solve it. There was a sulfurous moldy smell in the living room. Some
of the ceiling had a mottled appearance, although the paint was in good
shape. I don't know if the problem was chemical or biological, but
washing with borax stopped the odor.
Another musty odor came from the kitchen. I discovered that a rarely
used potholder on the wall was damp and looked moldy. To be damp, it
must have picked up some salt at some time; salt absorbs water from
humid air. Soaking and drying the potholder stopped the odor.
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