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Old 06-12-2018, 05:11 AM   #1
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Musty Floor Smell!

Oh my goodness. We got the whole thing apart, replaced bathroom end of floor and a small piece by the door. When I walk in, the place still smells musty. I'm sick about it and my hubby just wont repair it as it would be going backwards in our progress. We need to get it put together and quick to get floor in for our trip. Also, glue on floor from where carpet was ripped up but I know that is not the source. Its got to be from bottom side of the floor or something down there. By the way, its mostly from the area by the door.

Please, any suggestions?
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Old 06-12-2018, 05:18 AM   #2
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At this point, post floor replacement, the musty smell is an indication that you still have a leak. Unless you found the source(s) that caused your original problem, it is still in need of repair or else your work will be quickly undone.

Check every seam and gasket on the roof and around windows/door, also check the belt line.
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Did you replace any of the insulation? Wondering if a roof leak passed through the walls to the floor and maybe there's trapped moisture in the walls? Sorry - good luck with this.
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We still have some of the walls down and everytime it rains we observe closely for any leaks. I'm happy to say there are no leaks. The problem is the smell. Is there anything I can do about the musty smell which is coming from the floor area?
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Old 06-12-2018, 06:17 AM   #5
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You can try an ozone machine. You can buy them on amazon for $70.
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Old 06-12-2018, 07:30 AM   #6
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Try spraying the floor top and underside with Natures Miracle. It's a pet odor product you can find in pet stores. It removes old odors including cat urine and works very well (guess how I know). Oxyclean laundry additive also works well on odors. It means spraying down the area well and then letting dry naturally. Don't blot up either product once the area's soaked. You could set up a fan for air circulation.
I don't know for sure if it will help the musty, but it is what I would do.
Good luck!

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Old 06-12-2018, 07:34 AM   #7
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The smell you smell is just funky old plywood. Short of removing it and replacing the whole subfloor, about the only thing you can try is to seal it up. Put a few coats of polyurethane on it--this will help preserve it from rotting the next time it leaks, and hopefully encapsulate the funk.

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I use bleach water, then straight vinegar, then a little Murphy’s oil soap with a bit of water too. Pushed each around and waited for it to dry before trying the next. Still musty. Found the source. Rotted wood by the wheel well. It set us back a few days that we desperately needed. We should be fine now. Thanks everyone for your suggestions.
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