Prevent Musty Odors in Your Home with a Healthy Crawl Space

Noticing musty odors inside your home? This is an issue that no homeowner wants to deal with. Although there could be a number of different causes, the problem most likely lies within your crawl space. 

If you haven’t checked the health of your crawl space lately, there could be damage that could be impacting the inside of your home. 

Don’t live with musty odors and protect the air you breathe with a healthy crawl space. Our team at NSquare, Inc. can provide crawl space solutions to protect your home’s air and keep it healthy.

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Air from your crawl space enters your home through the stack effect, which means the damp, humid air that enters your crawl space through vents and foundation walls will linger, worsen, and eventually escape through your home itself.

What Causes the Musty Odors?

Musty odors in your home is a clear sign of mold or mildew issues in your crawl space. That musty smell comes from the mildew that sits in your crawl space over time and contaminates the air in your crawl space. 

Untreated Water Damage

The main cause of the musty odors comes from untreated water damage. As the water or moisture in your crawl space sits and becomes stagnant, it can cause mold or mildew to grow and give off a pungent smell. 

The Stack Effect

Unfortunately, the air in your crawl space doesn’t stay in your crawl space. Due to the stack effect, the air that circulates in your crawl space can seep up into your home, resulting in a musty smell. 

This effect causes air from your crawl space to enter your home, which means the damp, humid air that enters your crawl space through vents and or wall cracks will linger, worsen, and eventually escape through your home itself.

The Dangers of Mold Growth

Aside from musty odors, untreated water damage can also cause mold to grow in your crawl space. Mold spores can infiltrate the air in your crawl space and eventually make their way into your home through the stack effect. 

Keep Your Crawl Space Dry

A healthy crawl space is a moisture-free, odor-free, mold-free, and pest-free crawl space. Taking the necessary measures to keep it clean and dry will only save you headaches in the long run, so it’s best to keep up with crawl space maintenance now to avoid bigger issues in the future.

Depending on your situation, you may also need to encapsulate your crawl space before finally sealing off any crawl space vents or doors to prevent moisture from coming through.

Crawl Space Waterproofing Solutions

The most effective way to prevent musty odors in your home is to waterproof your crawl space. Waterproofing your crawl space will create a dry and healthy environment to prevent any water damage that can lead to musty odors. 

At NSquare, Inc., we provide a variety of crawl space waterproofing solutions to protect your crawl space from water damage. 

Vapor Barrier System

Our crawl space experts can install a vapor barrier system (link to page) to completely block off all sources of water and keep your crawl space moisture-free. This includes installing a thick plastic liner along the walls and floors of your crawl space to create a dry environment.

Drainage Matting

Drainage matting (link to page) can be installed underneath your crawl space liner to prevent the water from being trapped underneath. This matting is designed to channel the water away from your crawl space to avoid water damage.  


Crawl space dehumidifiers (link to page) are a great way to keep a dry crawl space with very low maintenance for the homeowner. They work around the clock to keep the air dry and healthy without the risk of moisture buildup. 

Smart Vents

Crawl space Smart Vents (link to page) protect your home from water damage in the event of a flood. They create an easy passageway for water to pass through your crawl space, rather than being trapped and flooding the area. 

Crawl Space Drain

A crawl space drain (link to page) can be installed on the perimeter of your crawl space to properly channel water away from your home. We use the SmartPipe™ Drainage System due to its clog-resistant features. 

Why Choose NSquare, Inc.

Avoid musty odors in your home by calling NSquare, Inc. Our experts have provided crawl space solutions for our customers throughout South Florida for over 25 years. 

If you notice any water damage in your crawl space, our waterproofing experts are happy to provide an inspection and recommendation. We offer quotes in South Florida, including Sarasota, Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Glades, Hendry, Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach. 

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