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Five Year Mystery - Unable to find source of burning smell from HVAC system

There is a burning smell that wafts out of the vents of my 15-year old, 3-level townhouse (top level is a full unfinished attic with no HVAC). The bottom level of the townhouse is the main level ...
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Foul smell coming from dishwasher

My dishwasher is 10 years old. It is only used intermittently, but I do try to run it at least once a week. There is an intermittent sewer-like odor, that seems to come and go. It was really bad this ...
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How to get rid of cooking smell in small apartment?

I live in a small studio apartment. It doesn't have Air conditioner, and apartment window have really small opening. I keep that open always. Recently I have starting cooking at home ( its been ...
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Toilet bubbling, foul smell, no known cause

This morning the toilet started bubbling almost violently for about 30 seconds. I hadn't used any of the sinks or toilet for at least an hour prior to it happening and I haven't been able to recreate ...
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How to get rid of a permanent old people smell? [closed]

I'm living in a new place. On the second floor there is somebody who smells really bad, when I'm walking up the stairs its like a nursing home x 10 on that floor. I'm on the 4th and when I keep the ...
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Sewer odor from basement floor drain

I'm experiencing strong "sewer odors" coming from one of the basement drains. This is an old house (meaning the basement floor drains don't have an elbow bend and instead run straight down / there is ...
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Are there drawbacks to installing a stronger bath fan?

I have a bathroom fan that doesn't seem to be doing the job. I'd like to replace it with something that has much higher CFM (jet speed); is there any reason not to do this? Is it possible that it can ...
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rotten egg smell in cold water only bathroom sink of new home

I live in a brand new home. Since we moved in (Nov 2015) there is a rotten egg smell in just one of the bathroom sinks and just from the cold water. It used to be now and then. Now it is 90% of the ...
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Kitchen sink/garbage disposal waste draining into backyard

I've recently discovered that my mother in-law has a planter outside her kitchen window which is catching run off from her sink. There is a pool of water and a smell that can now be detected from the ...
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Burning smell in my clothes dryer

There is a burning smell inside my clothes dryer after it runs. Does anyone know what that could be? There is no smoke (thankfully) but it definitely has a mild to medium smell or something burning. ...
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What could cause a “smelly sock” smell seeping into our living room from the crawlspace? [closed]

Our living room floor is wooden so there is a gap between the footings and the floor. In late fall, we get a horrible smell in that room. It smells like smelly socks but worse. I thought it was ...
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Insulate the frame of a door to stop odor outside while closed

This is an old wooden door and I am trying to keep the smell outside of it, I share the house with other people who fry very often. I am thinking to get some foam strips for the frame and something ...
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Strong intermitent sewage smell in bathroom, possible broken underfloor pipe

I am experiencing a strong smell of "sewage" in my bathroom (and sometime outside the side of the bungalow next to bathroom). This smell is intermittent and NOT linked to use of toilet for #2's. To ...
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Bare Wood Window Sill Stinks Bad

So I've been redoing my window sills. Basically I smashed out tile sills and replaced with routered wood sills. There are maybe 15 in the house. I have not had time yet to prime any of them, so for ...
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Covering some smelly paint

Recently (4 days ago) I replaced a solid radiator with a column one. On removing the solid radiator the wallpaper was as you might expect an old colour. I managed to find an opened tin of paint the ...
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How do I fix a water pipe leak?

My dog has a leash that is by our back porch. About 3 feet over, there's a pipe that goes into the ground. One day she got her leash wrapped around it and started pulling at it. Ever since then, ...
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How can I remove odor of spilled sewage under the sink?

My plumber did a really poor job when he replaced a pipe under my kitchen sink because he spilled the remaining sewage in the pipe all over the place. As a result it smells really bad under the sink ...
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Plumber connected shower and toilet drain weirdly, now toilet backs up into shower

My plumber attached my shower area drain and the WC (water closet, i.e. toilet) drain through a single pipe and installed a P-trap at shower drain. The level of the P-trap is such that when we flush ...
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Exhaust fumes seeping into our 4th floor apartment at night through bathroom and shower vents/fans

This is our second fall/winter in our 4th floor apartment, and we've noticed that whenever the weather becomes cool, exhaust fumes which seem to come from the garage in the basement of the apartment ...
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Have a new Samsung dishwasher that emits a sewage smell while running

My new Samsung dishwasher emits a sewage odor (started with the 1st use) through the dishwasher air vent, but only while it's running. I think its pulling air through the drain hose while its ...
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Painted drywall with spoiled zero-VOC paint. Does Bin Shellac work to seal mold/bacteria? Some posts say no

My mother painted drywall with “spoiled” zero-VOC Banjamin Moore Paint (Natura). It was 5-year old paint, which had been opened/used years prior without a problem. The result was serious allergies and ...
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Sewer Smell in Sumps

I recently bought a house with two sump pumps in the basement. They do their job well despite running every hour or two due to the high clay table in the area. The property also has a septic system, ...
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Odd odor that comes & goes in one bedroom

there is an odd odor in one of our bedrooms, its a double wide trailor, there was a small leak in the ceiling approx. 6 yrs ago. no more leak. but the odor seems to come when it has rained, no drips ...
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Chemical Odor in a recently bought home

I recently bought a house which was a foreclosure and completely gutted and redone. After about 3 weeks of living here one morning we woke up and there was an extremely strong smell in the house, ...
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Butane smell normal?

I bought some of this Vector 14x Butane To use in a Butane Soldering Iron and every time I turn on the Iron, there's a really strong rotten egg/gas smell (and it lingers even after 30 secs). Is this ...
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Shock treating a home, or rooms with ozone

I have an older home, complete with a damp basement and some musty smells around the house. We're in the process of renovating but that will probably take a while for us to get around to ripping out ...
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How to get rid of a smell that has permeated the walls of a dishwasher

The other day, we ran a load of dishes in our dishwasher and one of the containers had been holding a particularly fragrant spice in it. After the load was done, we found that the dishwasher itself ...
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Why are there sewer odors coming from my shower drain?

I have random sewer odors coming from my tub and shower drains. They are separate in my bathroom. I have had plumbers come and clean the drain, but that is not fixing the problem.
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Odor proofing floor

I have a problem with the downstairs flat and cigarette smoke faintly coming up through the floor. Its pretty nasty, we have had a word and its got better but there is still a faint smell. We have ...
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What could be the source of an intermittent, unlocatable rotten egg smell?

This has happened a few times since I moved into my current house about a year ago; every once in a while, I'll get a faint, brief whiff of rotten egg smell that I am unable to locate. Then, after a ...
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How can I get rid of the old wood/furniture smell?

I've just bough a place, renovated it a bit. The kitchen looks to be in decent condition, but I get that smell of old wood/furniture. How do I get rid of that? I mean it's only for month or two, I ...
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gas fireplace smells

I bought a house that was vacant for a year and a half. It has a gas fireplace. The plumber that fixed the heating unit supposedly looked at the fireplace too and lit the pilot for me. I lit the ...
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How can I get the fireplace smoke smell out of my house?

I recently got a new apartment with a wood burning fireplace. One of the first nights I had a fire and was sure to open the damper. After the fire was over, I went to bed but left the damper open. ...
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Are there any health concerns with using copper green wood preservative indoors?

So we had a roof leak and water was slowly dripping through the exterior wall and drywall. It had been going on for years, but until recently it became noticeably during a heavy rainfall when the ...
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New Samsung Washer Smells

I am concerned because our new Samsung washing machine (front loading, stackable, stacked on the bottom) absolutely REEKS of chemicals; the closest I can think of is paint thinner. I expected a "new ...
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What could be causing the copper green smells in my house when the furnace turns on?

We just re-did the rotting siding on my t1-11 sided fireplace. We replaced siding and covered it with hardi-plank. The problem is, when my furnace turns on, air is pulled from the fire place and the ...
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What is the smell coming through my HVAC system?

If I leave the furnace fan always running for an extended period of time (to circulate and filter the air), when the central AC turns on there is a not-so-fresh smell that is emitted through the ...
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How can I safely get rid of the odor caused by EasyOff oven cleaner?

I recently cleaned my oven with something called EasyOff Fume Free. It worked great at getting the crud off my oven, but now, for the life of me, I can't get rid of the smell. The "fume free" part of ...
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How can I stop the smell from my kitchen drain?

Our home is 15 years old. We rented our house for a year. When we moved back it smelt like burning smell. We started getting sick. The smell seemed to come form the kitchen drain. It smelt kind of ...
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How can I stop a dishwasher water supply from causing the tap water to smell?

OK, here is the situation: I recently bought a dishwasher that has a shorter water hose than required. So I bought this inlet hose and connected the two hoses using this inlet connector. For water ...
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How can I empty a bucket of stinky water under my sink?

Well, the kitchen sink was leaking and a family member stuck a bucket under there and never told anybody. The problem is the pipes under the sink actually go into the bucket and it is full of water ...
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Strange smell in August only [closed]

I have a strange smell (somewhat like decomp but its not) that has presented its self every August since 2009 and stays for 14 days. It comes on strong the second day and stays the same smell level ...
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Persistent sewage smell coming from basement drain

I've recently purchased a house and am now learning all the ins and outs of home maintenance. This summer, I've noticed that I have a very smelly basement drain. Particularly, it smells like sewage. ...
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How can I get the “new bed” smell out of my daughter's bedroom?

I bought one of those princess carriage beds for my daughter. You know, the kind that take seventeen hours and five allen wrenches to put together. Anyway, I get it together and honestly, it's ...
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What could cause my house to smell musty after coming back from vacation?

I just returned to my house (northern New Mexico, ranch-style, built in 1972) after a ten day vacation and found an unpleasant musty smell to greet me. The smell is primarily in the living area and ...
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Is there a quick cure for refrigerator drip tray stink?

My fridge has a bad stink that has been getting worse lately. I can clean it out and temporarily fix it with vinegar ,bleach, and/or baking powder, but these are not long term fixes. When the water ...
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Inside of Washing Machine smells horrible. How to fix?

I bought a used Washing Machine (Miele W828) that looked to be in perfect condition. It actually works perfectly. However, the inside of the Machine smells horrible, like mildew. This smell gets ...
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I cleaned the fridge and it still smells. What part should I clean / replace?

My last tenant was, to put it mildly, a slob. I spent several hours cleaning the fridge pictured below, with a steam cleaner and various cleaning products until it looked nearly new. I then removed ...
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How can I prevent my garage soffit vents from pulling in sewer vent smells?

My garage has a ceiling with fiberglass insulation over plastic air spacers leading to vents under the roof shingles. There is no plywood or drywall over the insulation. The walls are insulated and ...
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Strange smell coming from my dishwasher

I bought a Bosch SMS50E98EU a few month ago. During the second half of the washing cycle it smells like burnt cable. Initially I thought it is okay and will go away after the first few uses, but it is ...