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you could try removing the disposal and p-trap and cleaning those out. also, if your sink has an air gap under it, check to make sure that it's not stuck closed. if it is stuck closed, then when you sink drains, the water that's supposed to be in your p-trap is sucked out and sewer gasses can come up the sink.


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Being a landlord I have tenants that just don't like to clean/scrub toilets weekly... try once or twice a year... however they do sometimes call up and say my toilet smells when I flush it. Every single time I have had this the solution has been the same with tenants... clean it with toilet bowl cleaner including under the RIM and clean it about 5 or 6 ...


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Sounds like you are smelling sewer gases. Two common ways those will come up drain lines are from a dry trap (make sure water has run in each drain within the past several months) or a failing wax seal under the toilet (you may notice water damage under the toilet when this happens, but not always). The other issue could be a blocked vent line which would ...


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You can get an air purifier that utilizes a HEPA filter and an Ioniser. HEPA Filter Helps remove particles as small as 0.5micron, dust and other particles. IONISER Blasts the area with negative ions that binds at molecular level to odours, particles, chemicals, smoke, pollen, etc. Causes these particles to become heavy and fall the floor. You will ...


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Sorry there is no such thing as 'Sick Building Syndrome', it is just a lazy way to label a problem that is not understood. So you first need to find out in detail what is causing the problem. Given that your wife is expecting, it may have nothing to do with the building at all….. A doctor may be able to do tests and give you a list of the things she is ...


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Get a couple of boxes of baking soda. Run the hot water, and gradually pour the soda into the drain. Let it sit for a couple of hours, then pour some vinegar down the drain. Run the hot water for a few minutes to flush everything out.


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The smell is created when natural sulfates found in some water mix with certain micro organisms i.e bacteria they produce Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) The preferred treatment is too flush out the system with chlorination and in the process Killing off the bacteria. Also by letting the water to rise above 140F it should also kill off the bacteria but its not as ...


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A sulfur smell is usually a sign of sediment in the tank. This is common if the tank is left on during long absences or low volume use. A spent anode can contribute to this smell, since other parts will start to corrode once the sacrificial anode is spent. You should purge the tank by draining it from the bottom valve with the water supply and power turned ...


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Swamp gas is pretty close actually. Most disposers have quite the bacteria culture growing inside it's mechanism. What you are seeing and smelling is an aerosolized portion of this culture ejected from the disposer by the spinning action. It can't go down the drain because it is blocked by the water in the trap. It doesn't normally come up through the ...


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Modern water saving appliances seem to be prone to this. Usually using proper detergent keeps this in check. Since the smell goes away after a wash, it sounds like you are doing this. You might try a different detergent anyway. It may also be a plumbing issue if standing water is consistently left at the end of the cycle. Unless you're on a septic tank, ...


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When a skunk on the porch sprayed our cat through the screen door - spraying straight into the house, we found a combination of things worked. The peroxide/dish soap mix on the cat and most surfaces worked fine. On some surfaces, we needed something that could be left in place to really soak in. For those we used a skunk smell remover from the vet. It's ...


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I have used that mixture with good success. Make sure to wipe down everything that the dog might have come in contact with, and I mean everything. Floors, walls, trim, doors, etc. You might need to repeat the procedure a few days later. The skunk odor tends to linger quite a bit and you will find that it gradually reduces in intensity over time but is ...


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I use Zep pet spotter, but it's intended for carpets, not wood. I think mop it with a dilute solution of chlorine bleach to sanitize the area, then seal it with a primer / sealer to prevent any residual odors from escaping.


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Let me save you some time. Forget the pet store products, just go to Home Depot or Lowe's and get yourself a can of primer/sealer, I think Kilz brand is the best. I had a really bad cat urine odor problem in my townhome many years ago (from previous owners). Like you, I went to the Internet and I tried a lot of suggestions I found there. NONE of those ...


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What you want to look for are cleaners that are enzyme cleaners. These products actually break down the urine/biological waste. One example (that I use quite often) is Nature's Miracle.


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I just love Nok Out. I successfully removed cat urine odors from furniture, matresses and laminated flooring with it.


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Look for leaks, the most likely culprit is a failed seal on the toilet. If the toilet rocks or moves that will damage the seal and cause leaks. Even if it was installed tight to the floor it is possible the seal (usually a wax ring) was not large enough, or was not replaced by a previous homeowner after removing the toilet. Also check if the toilet is ...


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It has nothing to do with rain water, but rather atmospheric conditions when it rains. Septic tanks rely on anaerobic bacteria to break down waste. Their activity emits foul smelling gases. Normally, these gases work their way up the main drainage line to the venting system and out up through the roof. Normal atmospheric conditions carry away these gases ...


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What's the humidity level in the room? I'd go get a $12 humidity sensor and see what you got. My understanding that mold can grow >= 60% RH, though there are other factors (e.g. moisture will condensate on a cold wall with less RH). You may need a dehumidifier if you're too high. Of course that won't kill the mold but will keep it from growing.


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First check for leaks. In my bathroom that smell was coming from either wet water-damaged plywood underneath a leaking sink or the wet water damaged vanity. If nothing is leaking check your drain traps.


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We used to get strays hanging out under our house from time to time. When it rained the moisture would bring out the smell even after they'd been gone for a while. Check to see if the underfloor area is accessible to cats.


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“Periodically” is the key word. Keep a log of what water usage (if any) you’re using when the offensive odors blossom and look for correlations. Might want to keep a log of what you’re feeding the dog too. (grin) The source of odors may have nothing to do with your water usage. A friend can tell the speed of the wind by fluttering of water in one of ...


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I used 1 coat of Bulls Eye 123 primer then 2 coats of AFM Hard Seal (buy online) to mask the horrible/ toxic odor.


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A thick four coats of floor paint that is meant to be impermeable to damp and impervious to floor traffic helped seal in this stuff where someone used it to treat a bathroom stall against rot. Yes, the stuff just smells horrible. It's essentially copper contaminated moth balls with a little extra phenol for sniffy goodness and not for interior use at all.


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Is the garage floor concrete? The odor may be coming from something (antifreeze, other vehicle fluids, etc) spilled on the floor in the past. Sealing the floor may help.


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Comment by "NitroxDM": I was actually just looking at something like this, "Condar ASV", and Air King AK300LS on a timer to run for a few hours in the night. I honestly don't know anything about those products, as I have no first-hand experience with them, but they look like they would work well in bringing in clean air & removing stale air... I do ...


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Try putting a small dehumidifier in the room, which will cut down on musty smells. Also if this bathroom is used infrequently, be sure the flush the toilet periodically, and run the faucet. Stagnant water in the toilet will stink, and the drain trap will dry out, leading to sewer gas smells. This will be especially true with a dehumidifier, which will dry ...


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Chop some lemon (with peel), throw into sink, run hot water and switch on the garbage disposal.


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I would try oxygen bleach, in particular Stainsolver - see stainsolver.com. I'm not selling it, and in no way associated with it other than being a happy customer.



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