Musty basements are among the most common and easily treatable odors for our machines. Musty odors are very organic, and you should expect great results if you follow our guidelines. First, it is highly beneficial to make sure the basement is as dry as possible. The lower the humidity, the more potent the ozone will perform and less likely the odors will return. Use a dehumidifier to lower the moisture/humidity level prior to using the ozone machine. It may be beneficial to keep the dehumidifier running 24/7/365 after you complete the ozone treatment.
For basements that have a constant moisture problem and/or a continuous water damage issue, it is recommended to perform refresh (short) treatments on a periodic basis after you’ve completed the original high-intensity ozone treatment. One suggestion is to use a program timer (see accessories) and set your MaxBlaster to run for a short period (example: 30 minutes) each day after you complete the initial high-intensity ozone treatment. The idea is to get the basement to a clean level and then maintain those levels by performing continuous refresh treatments. Follow the instructions in this guide for best results and contact us for advice.
Product recommendation: for most musty basement applications our MaxBlaster PRO Edition is the ideal choice. It combines commercial strength ozone with a long-term lifespan and can be operated in harsher conditions than the average ozone machine. A dehumidifier is recommended for most musty basement applications. If you have a constant odor/moisture issue, use the program timer accessory to set your MaxBlaster to perform scheduled refresh (short) treatments on a continuous basis going forward. Make sure to inspect the conditions of your basement on a regular basis if you intend on operating your machine on a daily/weekly basis without supervision.