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Tired of That “Stale Home” Smell? We’ve Got Your Solution!

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Mould. Mildew. Bacteria. Fungus.

No homeowner loves contemplating what is causing the stale, musty, dank odours that waft out to greet you as you come home each day.

But try as you might, it can seem nearly impossible to follow the scent trail all the way back to its source!

Where is the odour coming from? What is causing it? Why do all the so-called air freshening options you try, from candles to incense to odour absorbers and more, seem to wear off almost immediately?

The truth is, persistent home odours like these nearly always take their time to build up and can’t be eradicated with surface solutions. These are just like band-aids—they might buy you some time (and your nose a bit of relief) but sooner than you hoped, the smell will be right back, and sometimes even stronger!

In this article, we tackle “stale home” smell head-on and explain how to eradicate this unpleasant odour once and for all!

Going Behind the Stale Home Smell Scenes

There are a few potential places where the causes of the unpleasant smells in your home might be hiding.

1. Your plumbing

The older your pipes get, the more prone they are to harboring decaying matter in the form of developing clogs.

Hair, food, dirt and debris are all common causes of pipe clogs today, and often this matter hangs out for some time, getting stinkier, mouldier, and messier by the day, until at last your sink, toilet, or tub backs up.

If you ever lean down and catch a whiff of something rising up to meet you from your drains, built-up gunk may be a primary contributor to that foul home smell you can’t seem to get rid of.

2. Your structure and/or property

Cracks or leaks can let in moisture that over time forms mildew and mould colonies—this often happens in basements, garages, attics, and behind walls, floors, or ceilings.

You might not be able to see these colonies growing and spreading, but you sure can smell them when you walk in the door each night!

3. Your indoor air ducts

Yet another common culprit for unpleasant home odours is your indoor air duct system! Like other hidden areas in your home, it is impossible to just take a look inside and see what is going on in there.

But you can smell it. Over time, your indoor air duct system becomes clogged with dirt, dust, debris, pollen, pet dander, insect casings, rodent droppings, and all sorts of other unpleasant detritus that gets pulled in somehow and then can’t get out.

As this debris builds up further, your HVAC system has to work much harder to push temperature-controlled air through your ducts and out through your air registers into each room of your home.

Along with each blast of air, a bit of that trapped detritus also gets pushed out through the registers and into the room, where you unknowingly breathe it in.

Not only is the unpleasant smell a signal that your air ducts may be harboring trapped matter, but if you notice that your air conditioner and/or heater “smells funny” when it kicks on, this is another sign that trapped matter and moisture may be growing mould or mildew colonies in your air ducts.

3 Steps to Sending “Stale Home” Smell Packing for Good!

So what can you do about all these odors wafting from your drains, damp rooms, and air registers?

There are three steps to take: First, you need to diagnose what is causing the smell; next, you need to address its source; and finally, you need to prevent future occurrences.

Step 1: Conduct an indoor air quality test

An indoor air quality test will tell you exactly what types of toxins, including (but not limited to) mould or mildew, are contributing to unpleasant home odours.

The air quality monitor will run constantly for 72 hours, taking air samples and compiling a summary of air quality issues.

At the end of the monitoring period, you will receive a full-color printed report along with recommendations for taking action.

Step 2: Schedule your indoor air duct cleaning

If your home has never had an indoor air duct cleaning (or you are not aware of any such event), it is highly likely your air duct system has never been cleaned!

This is not uncommon. Until the last five years or so, the home’s lowly air duct system wasn’t given much if any attention, even by HVAC professionals.

Today, we understand how poorly routed, leaking, sagging, and otherwise compromised air ducts can allow toxic material to impact your air quality and your health.

An indoor air duct cleaning typically takes less than five hours—in one day you will be able to hit the “reset” button on your indoor air quality!

Step 3: Install a whole-home HEPA filter or ultraviolet air purifier

Finally, you want to take steps to address airborne matter that may be originating from places other than inside your air ducts.

You can choose whether to use a whole-home HEPA filtration system or an ultraviolet air purification system to keep your indoor air fresh and pure on a daily basis.

Both systems work differently but equally well to remove potent airborne toxins, including bacterial and viral matter, from your indoor air.

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