I've lived in my house for several years without any smell issues. For the past few days, when I go outside for more than 5 minutes, when I go back into my house it's apparent that there's a very distinct "dirt smell" permeating the entire house and basement. It's not subtle. My nose gets completely used to it in about 30 seconds, so I have very short stints of sniffing around trying to find the source.

I've looked everywhere for water spots or dampness, and I couldn't find anything.

Any suggestions on things to look for, or what kind of service could help out?

  • From the "it never hurts to check the obvious" department: Are you tracking dirt/mud in on your shoes?
    – FreeMan
    Commented Jul 23, 2020 at 23:35
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    Is your AC air handler leaking condensate or are the coils dirty?
    – JACK
    Commented Jul 24, 2020 at 0:24
  • We need a picture of the smell so we can see how it smells.
    – Kris
    Commented Jul 24, 2020 at 1:29


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