Summer is here, which means you’ll be spending most of your days outdoors, or at least in the comfort of your own backyard. The deck is a great place to be during this time of year, but if you notice an unpleasant odor coming from underneath, it can certainly ruin any fun moment you’re having with family or friends. ExteriorPros is here to share three tips on removing unwanted smells from under your deck.
1. Determine the cause of the smell. To get rid of the smell, you must first know what’s causing it. It’s hard to find a solution to an unknown problem, after all. You can crawl under your deck while carrying a flashlight to help you see what’s causing the smell. Make sure to wear a long-sleeved shirt and pants to keep the dirt away from your body. Here are the most common causes for these odors which you may also encounter:
- A dead animal
- Mold or mildew
- Dog or cat urine
- Pet excrement
- Cigarette ashes or butts
- Rotting food
2. Remove the cause. Once you know the cause, you can start removing the material – leaving it unattended can worsen the smell until it eventually sticks to your deck. To do this, you can take a plastic bag, and place the cause of the odor inside. Make sure to tie it shut to avoid the smell scattering out in the open air. If you’re a bit squeamish about touching the material, you can use a long-handled grabber tool. Make sure to wear gloves when touching decaying material.
3. Hire a professional. Professionals are adept at making the smell go away. You can hire them so they can treat the area and get rid of the odor. This is extremely important, especially if the cause of the smell is mold and mildew, which can be harmful for your health. Expect the pros to implement proper precautions before treating the smelly area under your deck.
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