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    Musty basement

    Suddenly tonight we have a strong musty smell in our basement. Can't really pinpoint it. I can't find any leaks or wet spots. Any idea what could be causing it?

    BTW - I work from home all day in the basement and didn't smell anything before tonight.



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    Re: Musty basement

    Sewer line trap dry out so sewer smell is coming back at you?


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    Re: Musty basement

    Quote Originally Posted by Wesley View Post
    Sewer line trap dry out so sewer smell is coming back at you?
    Doesn't smell like sewer, I don't think. I stuck my nose right next to the floor drain in the basement and it didn't seem to be coming from there.



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    Re: Musty basement

    Dead mouse?


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    Re: Musty basement

    Do you have a relative humidity gauge? When our basement gets a little musty it's a sign that we need to fire up the dehumidifier...generally only in the spring and summer though.


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    Dead body?


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    Re: Musty basement

    Quote Originally Posted by Racer68 View Post
    Do you have a relative humidity gauge? When our basement gets a little musty it's a sign that we need to fire up the dehumidifier...generally only in the spring and summer though.
    Yeah, it says around 28%.



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    Dead body?
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    Re: Musty basement

    is there carpet in the basement? could have a small amount water under the carpet


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    Quote Originally Posted by whirlybirds View Post
    is there carpet in the basement? could have a small amount water under the carpet
    That was my first thought but the carpet doesn't smell at all. It seems to be up higher. I guess I'll just start tearing out the basement ceiling until I find something.



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    Re: Musty basement

    You sayin' ya got a musty downstairs, hmmm? A little FDS will clear that right up!


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    Re: Musty basement

    Quote Originally Posted by 1100011CS View Post
    That was my first thought but the carpet doesn't smell at all. It seems to be up higher. I guess I'll just start tearing out the basement ceiling until I find something.
    my guess... dead mouse somewhere.


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    Re: Musty basement

    It's not exactly musty, but we had a drier vent come loose for awhile before we figured out what it was.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclone90 View Post
    It's not exactly musty, but we had a drier vent come loose for awhile before we figured out what it was.
    Yeah, we've had that problem too. It wasn't that this time. Whatever it was, this morning it's gone



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    Re: Musty basement

    Quote Originally Posted by 1100011CS View Post
    Yeah, we've had that problem too. It wasn't that this time. Whatever it was, this morning it's gone
    Let me play Hardy boys for a moment........did you happen to shower this morning?



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