Common Causes of Basement Odor
Basement odor problems can come from many places. Here are the most common.
- Mold and Mildew: The most pervasive and invasive cause of basement odor comes from mold and mildew. Mold growth can grow in plain sight or behind walls, paint, carpet and crawl spaces. It thrives in damp, dark and humid spaces; all of which can be found in most Michigan communities.
- Sewage: Usually the result of a plumbing problem, sewage smells can be difficult to diagnose. While it may be as easy as replacing a seal, it could be much more extensive and usually requires the help of a professional plumber.
- Animals: Often, foul smells in your basement are the result of small animals or rodents, which leave waste and urine. They can even become trapped and die in basement walls, which can lead to extreme smells.
- Building Materials: Wet drywall can result in a musty, mildew smell while fiberglass insulation can lead to sulphuric smell, similar to rotten eggs. These smells can be more than just unpleasant, they can signify a much larger water leakage issue.
Now that we know where your smells may be coming from, we should discuss what StayDry can do to help. StayDry is the #1 basement waterproofing company in the Michigan area. Here are some of our top services designed to dry out a damp, moldy basement.
- Sump Pumps: Sump pumps are designed to help move standing water away from your home and property. Choosing a quality sump pump can save you money later. StayDry only uses the highest quality cast iron sump pumps designed to handle large amounts of water.
- French Drains: French drains help to funnel standing water into sump pumps and away from your home. Our experienced technicians install and use a top quality french drain system designed to drain standing water and keep your basement dry.
- Crack Injection: Our crack injection repair can effectively seal cracks in your foundation, preventing water seepage. An epoxy solution is injected into the crack, it continues to expand until the entire crack is sealed.
Don’t let that moldy, musty smell continue. StayDry focuses on finding the root of the smell and leading you in the right direction. We believe in being open and honest with all our clients, and giving them real solutions at affordable prices. Ask about our satisfaction guarantee and 0% financing options, you won’t be sorry. Call today at 1-800-STAY-DRY or fill out our online form and we’ll get right back to you!
Answers to Common Questions About Basement Waterproofing
What Kind of Basement Waterproofing Do I Need in Michigan?
If your basement fills with water after a rainstorm, we might suggest installing a French drain system. A common, proven approach the French drain has been installed for nearly 150 years. StayDry uses the Hydroflo system, which is backed by a 100 percent fully transferable lifetime warranty. Learn more about our French drain installation. The French Drain is one of the best ways to fix basement leak repair in Michigan.
When moisture- and wetness-causing conditions are more substantial, exterior waterproofing may be the ideal solution. StayDry’s contractors have a considerable amount of experience with excavating soil and installing several protective barriers between a home’s foundation and the outside elements. Our exterior basement waterproofing method is backed by a 10-year warranty.
Poured concrete foundations are notorious for their tendency to develop vertical cracks. If left unchecked, these cracks can expand and become easy targets for water penetration. For homes or businesses in which this has happened, StayDry recommends polyurethane crack injection. We use a high-pressure injection tool so that the epoxy expands all the way through the crack, from the exterior to the interior. Like our French drains, our crack injection services come with a lifetime warranty. Read more about basement crack repair.
Basement Waterproofing for Homeowners
Are you looking for basement waterproofing in a particular area of Michigan? We provide services in the following areas: Southeast Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan, Western Michigan, and Northern Michigan. We also provide our services to Northern Ohio and Northern Indiana.