Wet Basements

Published on August 9th, 2012 | by Henri


Musty smell in basement despite French drain

Q.    I had a French drain installed in my basement because of water coming in after a heavy rain. I had rugs on the basement floor and I removed them but I still have a musty, mildew smell there.

I’ve washed everything with hot soapy water and bleach but I still have the smell. What can I do to get rid of it?

A.    In the summer, you should run a dehumidifier. Although it is not as effective in winter because the temperature is lower, you might give it a try anyway since you are having such a problem.

An alternative is to hang a number of Mil-Du Gas Plus bags in the basement. A 7-1/2 ounce bag will take care of 1,000 cubic feet. You should be able to get Mil-Du Gas Plus in marine or RV supply stores.

For immediate results, you may want to try spraying Nok-Out on all unfinished surfaces throughout the basement (if there are any finished surfaces, you may want to try spraying Nok-Out on an inconspicuous area to make sure it will not damage them). Nok-Out can be ordered online at www.nokout.com.

Another choice is Neutron’s Autoscents dispensers, which deliver the scent of your choice over a long period of time (888-712-7127) or www.neutronindustries.com.

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