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Just a thought, I worked in an office with an internal bathroom, i.e. no exterior walls and we noticed a off smell there as well. The toilets and sinks worked fine, it wasn't until we realized the floor drain was the source. There was a P trap on the floor drain and the water had evaporated in the trap, allowing air to escape into the room. You might want ...


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To me it sounds like the vent from the bathroom to the outside must have moisture in it and growing something. I say this because many HVAC systems have a small percentage of fresh air added when they are running and this keeps the air moving out of the bathroom. When the System is off the smell wafts back into the room. You may be able to use a spray ...


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It sounds like the range hood duct wasn't quite airtight, and some grease has escaped into the guts of the structure it was running through. This type of IAQ problem is basically a nuisance -- it's easy enough to fix by removing the culprit grease buildup from wherever it is, although finding it may be a hassle and may require management to dispatch someone ...


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Can you run the hot empty loads with some bleach in the water? Bleach smell may be strong if you use too much but it should help get rid of any residual organic slime left from low temperature washing. If you do not like to use the bleach try to have the hot empty load run with regular laundry detergent plus a scoop of OxyClean powder.


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Before reading your question, I would have said that joint compound is completely inert/ non-toxic/ ready-to-serve. (That last one was a joke, btw.) Looking at a couple of MSDS sheets for common joint compounds, they seem pretty inert. However, there are suggestions on the interwebs (for all that's worth!) that some joint compounds contain traces of vinyl ...


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Try covering the carpet with a sheet of plastic, and see if the smell gets better above and worse below it. Make sure it's a continuous sheet, not a woven plastic tarp. Use one of a reasonable thickness, as polyethylene (the material almost always used for these) passes vapors surprisingly easily. Put down the plastic in the evening. The next morning, go in ...


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If the house is that old chances are some water is getting under the rug some how. In my home we had a similar problem with water getting in from under the planks beneath the storm door and causing our hardwood to warp. If pressed that's where I'd start.



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