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PLEASE seek professional assistance immediately. There are two main issues with exhaust that can make you feel ill like this: Carbon Dioxide and Carbon Monoxide. Both are harmful, if not fatal, if the percentage present in the air you breath is too high. You DESPERATELY need to install a carbon monoxide detector, and contact your local housing authority. ...


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I'll echo the comment and say that you should make sure you have a proper P-trap installed under the sink. This trap holds water and provides a seal against sewer gases getting up into the bathroom. Without one, gases will leak in constantly, and will be displaced by water down the drain which can force the gases up into the bathroom even if normally it's ...


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Does it smell like sewer gas? If so, the sink trap is probably incorrectly installed, or more likely, the drain on an adjacent sink or dishwasher isn't properly vented. A "vent" is a portion of drain tube that lets air into the pipe to replace the water flowing downward. If there is no easy way to draw the air into the pipe (usually the vent just goes up ...


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Smells don't just appear out of nowhere. Something in your room is the source of the smell (dirty laundry, rotten food, etc). Find the source and remove it. If you can't identify it (too used to it?), then ask your parents to look for it. If the smell seems to be everywhere in the room, consider deep-cleaning the carpets. (Buy/Rent a cleaner, or have a ...


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Does it smell when you turn on the tap and catch the water in a bowl (so it doesn't go down the drain)? If so, it's something in the faucet. Take off the aerator cap and look for gunk inside, and/or look in the barrel of the faucet if you can to clean it out. You can also consider replacing the faucet. (I am assuming that since this only affects the ...


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Our second shower sits unused for weeks and sometimes months at a time (daughter moved out.) About a year ago, a horrible smell started emanating from that bathroom - after many unsuccessful attempts to kill the smell, I finally realized that the P-trap under the shower floor must have dried out, allowing sewer gas to rise up through the drain. I ran a ...


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You are correct that floor drains do need to be monitored and occasionally the trap refilled with water. So the first thing to check is that your floor drain actually has a trap. The way to do that is to slowly pour water in to the drain. You should notice the water level rise and stay there. If the water disappears quickly then it's likely you don't have a ...


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Although not an answer different from the others but I'd like to point out, and considering its importance in this case, it probably can be tolerated in an answer of its own rather than buried somewhere among comments: on your way home today, not tomorrow or next week but today, pass a reliable hardware store in your neighborhood and buy a CO detector and ...


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Oi! this reminds me of an experience I had about seven years ago. Horrible smell with no obvious source. Turned out that the cats had killed a rat and hidden it behind the books on the bookshelf. Only noticed it because of an awesome slimy trail of maggots. Anecdote aside, my recommendation with this particular occurrence is to wait it out: rodents tend ...


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Guesses so far... Stinky mop. Solution: Wash the mop. Stinky Jack Russell Terrier. Solution: Wash the dog. Dead thing in wall. Solution: Find the dead thing and remove it. Dead thing in vent. Solution: See above item. Stinky toilet. Solution 1: Flush the toilet. Solution 2: Wash the toilet. Solution 3: Replace wax ring. Solution 4: Light a match / ...


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Is your washing machine front-loading? I know some (many?) front-loaders have mildew problems because water gets trapped around the seal. Cleaning the seal and leaving the door open when not in use may help.


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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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When I light my fireplace I leave my flue open for the night. The residual smoke from your fire is putting the smoke smell in the house when you close the flue


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The easiest and most cost effective way of dealing with it is to paint over it with something like drylok. You can't really do anything about the smell itself other than removing the epoxy but you can put up a good barrier.


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After cleaning it well, put a piece of coal in the freezer; this will remove any smells from it within few hours, maybe a day. I used to put a mid-sized piece of coal inside the refrigerator all the time. This was a piece of advice from my mother and always worked.


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Seek medical attention immediately, and have the doctors provide a report on your health and diagnosis. Find out from them how dangerous it is to continue to expose yourself and your family to those fumes. After that, you have a few options, you might try one or more of them in parallel depending on the report itself: Provide copies of them to your ...


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I think your first step is to clear out stored items and run a dehumidfier and fan in the area to drop the humidity. You didn't mention the type of walls, ceilings and floor coverings. Normally, if you smell a musty odor, you will have some mildew somewhere. Are there fabric or paper items stored there now? if the odor still exists after drying out the ...


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open the little crate covering the drain. it's usually a small twist left and lift up. using a bottle brush or similar implement give the drain and the crate a good scrub, removing all the mess of caught hair. it's a bit mucky but should provide a cleaner smelling drain. not that it's ever going to smell like roses. bleach turns to gas a bit and will bring ...


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I know you're removing the carpets, but shampooing them will get rid of a lot of the lingering smell. You may need to do it more than once; if so, make sure to let them dry completely in between. After they're dry, vacuum them with a HEPA filter to remove dust or smoke particles that you might have dislodged while shampooing. Smoke will have settled on ...


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When all other remedies for curing bad smells coming from front load washers have been tried and have not been found satisfactory I believe the source of the smell may well be corrosion of the aluminium spider with the products of this corrosion harbouring ‘water’ that turns foul as described below, or, should no corrosion have occurred the ‘water’ left in ...


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I use a combination of: Salt Vinegar Hot Water Dish Soap Over time, drains do begin to smell. There may be nothing blocking the drain, just some month old grease residue and remnants of the rest of the stuff that tends to go down the drain. Mix about 1/2 gallon of it together, with the following quantities: 1 cup vinegar 1/2 cup table salt (not ...


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(I'm an American living in Austria.) My first thought was something related to the heating system too (although we're not heating yet in Vienna). I would still call the Rauchfangkehrer (chimney sweeps). There should be a flyer in the entry area of your building for the one responsible for your area. In Vienna, the flyer is usually yellow with a stylized ...


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Get the water tested first to determine the source of the smell.I would test three samples,out of the well but before the softener,after the softener but before the tap and at the tap.This will isolate each componant as the source.Don't forget the fridge door dispenser if you have one.The smell may not be evident until it absorbes oxygen from the air.


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I presume you mean rubbing alcohol AKA Isopropyl Alcohol should be fine. Also consider Hydrogen Peroxide - H2O2 the extra oxygen molecule wants to break off to stabilise and leave H2O (water) behind. That stray oxygen will attack organic matter, the stuff likely causing the smell by oxidizing it. When applied it will fiz and bubble, this is normal. It ...


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If you have a front-load washing machine, and close the door when it's not in use, it can develop smells which can then transfer to clothes. Leave the door open if possible - at least until the interior has had a chance to dry. Most front-load manufactures recommend a cleaning process by running an empty load with bleach and hot water. My front-load GE ...


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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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One of two problems, burned out drive belt or burned out motor. This could be fixed by a DIYer, but need to know what level of mechanical ability you have. Take off the front panel and take a look as you run it through a short cycle and be prepared to shut it off or pull the plug if you see sparks or smoke from the motor.


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Musty smells are a sign of moisture. It may be simple enough to run a dehumidifier, or complex enough that you need to start tearing down the wall sto see what's behind them. A lot of basements were finished without every truly fixing moisture issues and a layer of plastic was put up instead. This often traps moisture more than anything and just leads to a ...


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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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