I would like to know how to get rid of, or minimize the musty smell in my basement. My house is only 10 years old, and the basement is clean and partially finished. The smell can get quite strong if I don't keep a circulating fan and window fan going 24/7. There is no leaking water anywhere, it is dry. There is I believe a few inches of water in the blocks as there is some slight mold growth/paint flaking in a few spots around the bottom. Half of the basement has carpeting and furniture and the other half is storage. It is a little bit dusty too from the storage part. Is the smell from just those few spots along the base of the wall? I am thinking of buying a de-humidifier and/or an air purifier/ozone/ionizer thing. Will these items work? Are they very expensive? Is a dehumidifier loud? Or do I need to do a good douching and vacuum and wipe down all the storage items and move them around to get under and between? What cleaners should I use? I need your help as I like to "escape" down there for football and poker and the smell is getting worse over time.