Have you ever noticed strong smells coming from underneath your porches, sunrooms or decks? Unpleasant odors can be traced back to a number of different sources, none of which are too complex or difficult to resolve. All you’ll need are a few detective skills, some effective cleaning tools and a little elbow grease.
Let our specialists at Carolina Custom Exteriors walk you through the simple steps of spotting, identifying and cleaning up the sources of bad odors and get your outdoor living area smelling as fresh as a garden once more.
What’s Causing the Smell?
The most common reason behind a stinky deck is an animal making its nest underneath the structure. The dark and secluded area offers great protection and shelter from the elements, making it the perfect place for little critters to live in. Unfortunately, it could also be the place for them to expire, and the stench of a dead animal is something that’s hard to ignore.
Other sources could be extensive mold and mildew growth, animal waste and pieces of rotting food that have fallen in between the floorboards. If you can shine a flashlight underneath your deck, it should be easy enough to spot the source of the bad smell.
Cleaning Up the Area
The next step is to clean it up. There is no other way to do this but to hold your breath, grab the offending material from underneath the deck and seal it away in a garbage bag for proper disposal. You can clean lingering animal smells with enzymatic cleaning solutions available from your local pet store.
However, if the source is rotten wood or black mold, do not attempt to handle it on your own. These types of decaying matter could release spores that could be dangerous to your health. It’s best to have a professional deal with mold and mildew growth under your home.
Get top quality decks, sunrooms and more with Carolina Custom Exteriors, your leading exterior home improvement experts. Give us a call today at (828) 202-9988 or fill out our online contact form to talk to our specialists and get a free quote. We serve the areas of Asheville and Hendersonville, as well as all neighboring communities in NC.