It is not unusual for homeowners to discover a bad odor from underneath their decks. Fortunately, you can try a few simple solutions to rid of the stink before calling professionals. You may even only need home cleaning supplies to address the issue.
Continue reading to get tips on how to eliminate the odor from under your deck.
Identifying the Cause
Here are the common culprits behind the odor coming from your deck:
- Animal droppings from stray or wild animals, such as rats and raccoons, can create a bad odor. If you have pets, they could be urinating under your deck or on the posts, causing the area to smell. In other cases, the smell of animal carcasses causes this problem.
- As leftover food spoils and decomposes under your deck, you may notice an unpleasant stench after some time. The stench of rotting food is still noticeable even when mixed with soil.
- Mold and mildew flourish in warm, shaded environments like underneath the deck. This has the potential to quickly spread and emit odors that can be smelled above the deck.
Getting Rid of the Problem
Apply baking soda or mist the area with diluted vinegar and water to remove stains from dog pee and animal waste. Wait for about 30 minutes before washing. A commercial odor neutralizer or eliminator can also be used.
Moreover, a diluted bleach solution can also eliminate mold and mildew. If your deck is wood, you should sand it first. Then, immediately apply an oil-based wood sealer. Do this every five years.
Do you need an expert to attend to your decking concerns? Eagle Creek Siding, LLC provides quality home improvement services that will surely meet your expectations. Call us at (360) 570-0396 or fill out our contact form to request an estimate.