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Old 03.04.2012, 10:46
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How to get rid of "Basement Smell"?

Anything I put in my basement storage-room ultimately winds up having that "basement smell" in it. My storage room is separate, ie: it has it's own 4 concrete walls. Is there anything I can buy to put in there that would help remove the smell? Would a dehumidifier help? Or something else to filter the air, or absorb odor?
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Re: How to get rid of "Basement Smell"?

It certainly sounds like your basement is slightly damp, so a dehumidifier could sort it, difficult if it's a large room or full of stuff though.
I have the same problem and have found that wrapping anything I put down there in sealed plastic bags or boxes helps (my basement is below ground level and three of the walls have earth banked against them so it's very damp in places).
Is it possible to 'air' the room? A constant flow of fresh air might help as well.
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Re: How to get rid of "Basement Smell"?

0) Do not store wet stuff.

1) Get a hair tension hygrometer to check the humidity. Electronic hygrometers are very inaccurate and may be up to 30% of the real value.

2) Use dehumidifier (Raumentfeuchter) to controll the humidity. If you have a electric outlet you may use an electric powerde one. There are also some dehumidifier that use calcium chloride and do not need any power. These suitable for small rooms such as a basement compartment.
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Re: How to get rid of "Basement Smell"?

Good ventilation is the secret in my opinion. If the basement has windows, leave them open whenever possible during the summer. If you're worried about burglary, consider having bars fitted over the windows. If the moisture is coming through the walls (because of soil on the other side) you can get special plaster that resists the damp. Also, don't stack stuff directly against moist walls but leave a gap of 5 to 10cm so air can circulate. Likewise, don't use cupboards with doors but use open shelves to store stuff so air can circulate as much as possible.
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Re: How to get rid of "Basement Smell"?

Also, if you choose an electrical dehumidifier, these can't operate efficiently at temperatures below 10C so in winter if the room isn't heated they're of no use.
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Re: How to get rid of "Basement Smell"?

Thanks for all the replies. I'd probably try to air it more often, and see if I can find a non-electrical dehumidifier. Does anyone reccomend one?

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Re: How to get rid of "Basement Smell"?

I got mine in the Migros DIY place, similar looking to that one (rectangular rather than round but the same idea), work a treat in our cars; which are very old, english and of course, leak!
Haven't tried them in the basement as it's too big but no reason why they shouldn't work there too.
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Re: How to get rid of "Basement Smell"?

You could also try painting at least the lower part of the walls with an anti-fungal primer paint and then painting that over with an epoxy garage floor paint. Our new basement was quite smelly due to disuse, but with this treatment and plenty of airing while it all dried it seems to have solved our problem. Our basement walls are only partially underground which is why we only did them partway up, but you might want to paint all the walls instead.
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Re: How to get rid of "Basement Smell"?

Two old fashioned, cheap and ecological remedies, as far as that goes; an open bag of hay and or charcoal. Damp is causing the "Cellar smell".
if the above mentioned are no good, then I would say, an electric "Entfeuchter/dehumidifier", together with more airiing. Which ever option you choose should help a lot.

Last edited by Twinklestar; 04.04.2012 at 00:05. Reason: re-read the original post , so had to remedy my post.
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