Why a Musky Odor In Your Home Could Be a Big Problem: Water Damage Anyone?

Updated: Oct 27


Does a musky odor mean water damage?

Smelling a strange odor in your home doesn’t necessarily mean there is something to worry about. All homes have their own unique scent, which doesn’t mean there are any problems. However, if you notice a persistent musty odor that doesn’t seem to go away, it could be an indication of a larger issue.


Musty smells probably mean something different to everyone but here’s a good example of what we mean. We’ve all, one time or another, left laundry in the washing machine for longer than we anticipated. Add to it being done on a hot day and there’s your musty smell. Or, perhaps you’ve left not quite dry clothes in the dryer; same musty odor. The "mildewy" smell associated with damp clothing is to be expected. However, if it lingers in your home without an obvious cause, that could indicate a larger issue.


Water seeping into walls, floors or other areas of your home, that doesn't dry out properly, can create that same musty odor in your home. If that water isn’t dealt with, it could allow bacteria to grow, possibly resulting in dangerous black mold.

If mold is found in the home, it needs to be dealt with immediately. Mold, if left untreated, can cause serious health issues. In this instance, you need a restoration expert to make sure everything is cleaned up and nothing remains.


Major problems can come from leaks in your water pipes, toilets or other water use appliances Sprinklers are also another potential problem if they’re spraying the side of your house. That could definitely cause moisture at the interior. Clogged gutters or blocked drains can also lead to moisture in your walls or in your roof. Your water heater can also be a cause of water damage if its leaking. Defective water heaters can leak small amounts of water that can cause damage over time.


Small water leaks can cause serious problems as they can happen completely without your knowledge. Fixing a problem that you know has occurred is far easier than fixing a problem that you have no idea has occurred. A musty odor could be your only indication of lingering water damage.


If you’ve noticed that stinky, musty smell, have it looked at…it won’t just go away. Our water damage experts can provide a complete assessment and direct you to the best course of action to make your home safe again. Don’t wait, call today!