Stinky house

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
147 posts
Blushing bee

Janie Perry :  I’m the least handy person in the world so this might not even be possible given it’s not consistent with heat and ac, but Any chance a critter got into the wall, vent etc? I remember growing up once a mouse died in the back of the wall where the gas stove met and the smell was overwhelming but seemingly impossible to find. It took outside help to find it and get it out! 

Post # 3
973 posts
Busy bee

Might be something in your ductwork if you have hot air. Dead animals are a pretty specific scent but it could be remnants of their stash or a water leak causing mold. Are you sure it’s not the trash? Maybe it’s got some yuck in the bottom of the bin or underneath? Or food fallen behind the stove?

Post # 5
6610 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

Janie Perry :  I spent hours searching the house for cat pee years ago.  Turned out to be rotten potatoes, so check your pantry!   Agree though if it depends on what vents are running, you might need to check for a dead critter.

Post # 6
8831 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Janie Perry :  Mystery smells in my house are invariably one of two things:

  1. Garbage but worse = there’s a bag of rotten potatoes somewhere
  2. Chemically stink = find the rotting orange(s)
Post # 7
97 posts
Worker bee

I once lived in an apartment in the ground floor of a two story building. A few months after I moved in I started noticing a bad smell, like sewage. It wasn’t all the time, sometimes in the morning, or at the end of the day or sometimes random. I complained to the landlord, but the smell didn’t happen when they sent the handyman, so they thought I was crazy. This went on for three months. One day I ran into the plumber who serviced the  building. I explained what was happening and he told me he couldn’t smell it but he believed me, because he said women were good at smelling things men don’t. He looked under the building and discovered that there was a pool of stagnant water under the building, which was traced to a leak in the pipes from the kitchen in the apartment above me. Whenever they ran the water the pool was disturbed and it stirred up the gases. They had to tear out the walls in both apartments to repair the leak and pump out the pool. Magic–odor gone! Hope it’s something a lot easier, but keep on looking. 

Post # 8
1637 posts
Bumble bee

My friend had an awful smell in her house sometimes, especially when it was hot. She went crazy trying to find the source of the smell, even thought it might be a dead critter in the wall. Turns out it was bad paint!!! Her boyfriend had painted the spare bedroom with some paint that had gone bad. I had no idea that was even possible. I forgot how they figured it out, but they repainted with Kilz primer and then another coat of fresh paint and the smell was gone. Have you painted lately??

Post # 10
2699 posts
Sugar bee

julies1949 :  YES LORD!! That’s what I was going to say. I had this from a basement bathroom we never used. I send someone down to flush the toilet and run water in there at least once every few weeks.

Post # 11
6273 posts
Bee Keeper

Drains? Blocked sinks/waste unit?

Post # 12
582 posts
Busy bee

UK-bee :  I second drains. I have to clean mine out every few months or there’s a smell that permeates the appt. Is it equally bad in all the rooms? 

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