How to Get Rid of Water Damage Smell in Basement?

When you enter a flooded house, you will notice a prominent musty smell. The smell comes from materials that have been soaked with the flood water for many days. The mold that develops on the surface in the area will also release a musty smell. Getting rid of the musty smell is important for preserving the health of your family.

The first step is to open all the doors and windows to allow air to enter the house. Doing so will increase the ventilation in the house. The fresh air from outside will help to clear away some of the smell in the flooded room. It will help if you can install an air freshener in the area. The air freshener can be made by yourself, for example, boiling lemon water in a pot and then leaving it in the room. You can use a fan to help you spread the smell throughout the room.

Baking soda can be sprinkled on items with a musty smell. For example, you can pour some baking soda on a carpet and use a broom to evenly spread them all over. The baking soda should stay on the carpet overnight in order for it to effectively remove the odor. You can mix baking soda with some water and use it to scrub the area thoroughly. After that, you should let it dry on its own. After a few hours, you can use a vacuum cleaner to vacuum the particles. If the musty smell comes from the wall, make sure the wall is completely dried before working to remove the smell.

If your upholstery has a musty smell, you can fill some white vinegar in a bottle and spray it. The upholstery will smell like vinegar afterward but the smell should dissipate quickly. Vinegar also works well for removing musty smell on clothing and curtains that have come in contact with the floodwater. You can add 2 cups of white vinegar to the washing machine when washing your clothes and curtain. Vinegar is effective for killing mold and mildew.

Another method is to put cat litters in containers around the room to absorb the musty smells. The cat litter should be changed every day for optimal deodorization. The method does not work well for households that have a cat as your cat may mistake that you put the litter for her to use. You can get help from a professional restoration company if there continues to have a musty smell after you have tried all the methods to remove it. Professional restoration companies are equipped with special equipment such as an ozone generator and hydroxyl machine to remove the musty smell. They can identify the source and get rid of the mold in the area.


3 Tips on How to Spot Water Damage in a House

Water damage is often overlooked as a minor problem by the homeowner. Water damage can encourage mold growth which can cause health issues when exposed to it. Mold and wood rots can spread fast to other areas of the house as a result of the water damage. It is important to learn how to spot water damage so that you can fix it early and prevent more serious damage from occurring. The following are 3 tips on how to spot water damage.

1. Water Stain
The easiest way to spot water damage is the water stain or color discoloration that appears on the ceiling, wall, and floor. A water stain is an indication that there is leaking above possibly from a faulty appliance installed above. It could be a plumbing problem such as leaking on pipe, damaged caulking in a shower, and damaged shower pan. If not, it could be holes in the roof, for example, cracked or missing shingles. Water stain problems can get worse when there is heavy rain so it is important to quickly seek help from a plumber.

2. Mold Growth
Mold will appear in any area that has been damped for at least 2 days. They often appear as black or green spots on the ceiling and wall. Sometimes, they can appear in hidden places such as behind the wall or underneath the floorboards. Even a little bit of leaking can cause mold growth. As soon as you detect mold growth, you should quickly remove it from your house. This is because it will keep reproducing new spores in the air that spread throughout the house.

Some houses have an HVAC duct connected in all the rooms and if one mold is found in one room, the mold can travel through the HVAC duct to the other rooms. The best way to stop mold growth is to contact a restoration company that provides mold remediation service. The plumber will first detect the source of the water. Once the source of water is detected, the plumber will fix the leaks and dry the flooded area. A small mold problem can be removed by using a tile grout. For larger mold problem, the entire wall or structure has to be pulled down and rebuilt.

3. Soft Spot
A soft spot is an indication of rot in the floor, ceiling, or wall. It means that the water is leaking nearby for some time. The floor with a soft spot will feel soft and spongy. There may also be water stains and a musty odor of mold nearby. Soft spots can also develop when there is water damage in the plywood sheeting below the roofing. This can happen because the plywood has been exposed to harsh weather such as summer, rainstorms, and cold winter over time. Usually, there are more than one soft spot on the roof. A soft spot is not to be treated lightly. At first glance, it is not anything serious but it could also be an indication of a major leak.


Why the 2020 Hurricane Season Will Go Down in the Record Books

Although every hurricane season sees several dangerous storms, 2020 will go down in the record books as a particularly crazy year. As of November 20, 2020, this hurricane season has seen 30 tropical storms. This is the most tropical storms the United States has seen in modern history, breaking 2005’s previous record of 28 tropical storms. Both 2005 and 2020 saw well more than double the usual number of tropical storms, with 12 being the average number of tropical storms per year since hurricane data began being collected. Additionally, since hurricane season does not officially end until November 30, 2020, there are still a few days remaining for more tropical storms to be added to the already record breaking list. Experts predict that it is likely for at least one or two more tropical storms to occur before the official end of hurricane season.

In addition to the record breaking 30 recorded tropical storms in 2020, 11 of them made landfall throughout the country. This number breaks the previous record for most tropical storms that hit landfall in a single hurricane season. Out of those 11 tropical storms that hit landfall, 7 were hurricanes. 7 hurricanes in the 2020 hurricane season ties the previous record which was set in 1886 and matched once more in 1985. Although most top seasonal forecasters predicted a greater than average number of tropical storms and hurricanes during the 2020 hurricane season, none predicted a record breaking year. In fact, the boldest estimate offered by any mainstream forecaster was that there would be a total of 24 tropical storms during 2020. The 2020 hurricane season has proven to be unpredictable, which is yet another reason it will go down in the record books as one of the craziest hurricane seasons in modern history.

When looking back on the 2020 hurricane season in the future, experts will surely note that Louisiana was particularly hard hit. Out of the 7 hurricanes that made landfall, a whopping 5 hit the state of Louisiana. This record makes Louisiana the first state in United States history to see 5 hurricanes in a single hurricane season. Additionally, hurricane Laura broke a record as the strongest hurricane in Louisiana since the Last Island hurricane in 1856. Hurricane Zeta also broke a record for being the strongest hurricane to hit Louisiana so late in the hurricane season. The state of Louisiana’s battering at the hands of hurricanes this year will certainly go down in the record books along with the entire record-breaking 2020 hurricane season.