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Control smell coming in from neighboring Dry cleaner [closed]

I work in an office that is in a strip mall. Two units away is a dry cleaner. Some days our office is saturated with the perfume smells from their cleaning agents. I don't know what weather ...
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Why is my AC smelling bad and producing no condensation water?

I have a 10-year Carrier unit. It has two issues. The AC smells musty when turned on. It smells even worse when I turn on the fan mode after running AC. No smell when running on heat. It's similar to ...
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Musty smell from furnace

When switching from cooling to heating in the fall we get about 2-3 days of musty air and then it's fine all winter. It's like wet sock/sneaker smell. Yesterday, the A/C kicked on because our house ...
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Can I add an extension to an air intake for apartment central A/C? Is this a health or code violation?

The apartment I am living in has a nasty odor coming from underneath the furnace/ac and water heater. The air for the furnace is sucked up from this underneath section making all of the air that is ...
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Bought a house and very strong damp/sewer smell in main bedroom

Just recently bought a house which has been renovated. It was in a pretty poor state beforehand however since we've moved in (house has been vacant for 7 months at least) the main bedroom has a ...
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Seweage smell ONLY from AC vent in bathroom

I recently started installing new floor in our bathroom. I of course took out the sink and toilet, which were left unconnected for about a day and a half (will not do that again). The sink and toilet ...
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how to eliminate fabric softener or anti-static chemical odors from laundry room

I recently purchased a 1960s home built on a crawlspace and have found that the laundry room and adjacent hallway has a strong odor of fabric softener and/or ant-static dryer sheets. When I walked ...
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What material blocks cigarette smoke the smell and the vocs from passing through vents?

I tried blocking the weed/cigarette smoke from neighbors apartment from getting into mine. I've done everything from wrapping kitchen and bathroom vents in aluminium foil, packed and sealed off whole ...
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Sewer gas odor in 1st floor mudroom after replacing washing machine in basement

We've had a washing machine in the basement for more than a decade (we use it for oversize stuff, horse blankets). Suddenly, upon replacing our old failing machine with a newer one, I'm smelling a ...
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Do enzymatic urine cleaners work on old urine in carpeting and carpet padding?

Related to my previous question regarding urine in carpeting and carpet padding, I would like to learn if enzymatic cleaners work for urine that has been present in carpeting or carpet padding for 10 ...
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Do enzymatic pet urine cleaners also clean human urine?

Do enzymatic pet urine cleaners also clean human urine that is present in carpeting and carpet padding? Specifically, human urine that has been present in carpeting and carpet padding for years.
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Removing perfume smell from the inside of a hutch - glass, cherry, and some softer wood in the drawers

I purchased a used hutch with glass doors, cherry wood (I believe, and according to the person I bought it from), and some kind of softer wood for the inside of the drawers. Only after I bought it did ...
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Why does sulphur smell linger so long after treating it?

My chlorine injector stopped working a couple weeks ago and I had it fixed. After three days of normal use by a family of 5, I tested the water coming out of the 120Gal treatment tank and it smelled ...
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Mildew smell, sink ran over

I just found out my wife left a sink running and it run over the floor for a while before it was shut off. Now there is a mildew smell pretty noticeable in the laundry room where this all happened. It ...
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What is the best way to remove paint smell from room?

Background. Ceiling collapsed in small part of kitchen due to water leak, initial damage was limited to small part of room, but somehow the people who landlord sent round (not professionals), they ...
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Sulphur Smell in house when dishwasher is unloaded

I'm going crazy. I have had a sulphur/sewer smell going through A/C vents for 6 weeks. As soon as I smell it, I turn air off for a while ... then it's OK. IT ONLY HAPPENS 1 TIME A DAY. I've had A/...
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smell behind skirting board in basement room

I live in a house when one floor is basement. We had some damp bubbles in one of the room walls and the builders who renovated the house in 2020 came to fix. They checked the whole perimeter of the ...
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Tankless hot water smells

We bought a house with a Rinnai RUC98 tankless hot water heater already installed. We didn't notice anything about the water at first except only that when we did laundry, the dried clothes smelled ...
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Smell from laundry drain, possibly no vent?

Just purchased a home that was renovated. Appears to have not been by a professional, nothing major but small things. Not sure what to do on this one. There is a smell coming from the in wall drain....
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Why does my cold water smell like sulphur suddenly?

This is a long, detailed post about my water problem. I've included all relevant info I can think of. I bought my first house about 2 years ago, it's a ranch style with a finished basement and a pole ...
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How can I get rid of vinegar-like paint odor?

A friend got a new apartment (5 floor building built in 2008). The walls and ceiling of the apartment were renovated a few months ago. Unfortunately, the ceiling color (Flügger Flutex 2S) started to ...
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AC "Dirty Sock Syndrome" smell went away, is it actually fine?

My AC has started to turn on with the warm weather and with that I've been smelling a gross musty sour smell coming from the vents (only when it cools and not when heater is on). I last changed the ...
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Odor Coming From Oven

I have a GE oven and am getting a strong odor when I use any of the burners or the oven. The odor reminds me of the smell a kerosene heater would put out when being used. I haven't cleaned the oven at ...
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How can I eliminate a bad smell coming from under my dishwasher?

Whirlpool Dishwasher smells bad when hot water starts. Not inside the dishwasher, outside/underneath. I detect no water leaks, it seems like it is coming from the pump underneath. The smell comes out ...
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Electrical component melting?

I'm not sure what this may be, so I would really appreciate your help and specialism towards this. Recently, I found that my cabinet containing the fuse-box, electrical meter and other components ...
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Can sewage smell be from water heater if water DOES NOT smell?

We bought a farm in 2019 and spent 2020 renovating the 1987 stick built house. We moved in November 2020. Since we have lived here there is an intermittent sewage/rotten egg smell from the basement ...
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Smell of urine and urine looking fluid from bathroom vanity

We renovated our bathroom and over several months we have noticed a smell of urine which has grown stronger no matter how much I cleaned. Hubby checked everywhere and all connections good. I ...
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How do I clean indoor stairs where eggs were broken?

Several raw eggs (and other assorted garbage) spilled on my townhouse indoor staircase. After carefully cleaning the surfaces, a day later there is still a smell of raw egg (not yet rotten egg smell, ...
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Smelly House Water

We have 2 concrete tanks 15,000 each. The first seems to catch the sediment the second I can easily see the bottom and only has a few insects at the bottom. It is at least 2.5m deep. Both tanks a full....
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How can I tell if there is a trap in my floor drain?

I’m a bartender at a restaurant that is in an old gas station building. The floor drain that the sinks behind the bar drain into frequently smells like rancid meat farts, which is quite embarrassing ...
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Is there mold in my apartment bathroom? What is causing the unpleasant smell there?

I moved into my first apartment in August. The apartment is a 3rd floor 2 bedroom apartment and it’s great except one persistent issue that has gotten worse over the last few months. The master ...
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How to air-seal apartment breaker box and range hood duct

I live in an apartment on the top floor. It's the dream apartment for me except for the heavy cooking smell from neighbors entering the unit. I believe the main culprit is the bathroom fan without ...
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Sewer Smell in High Rise Apartment

I rent an apartment in a new high-rise and I´m on the 15th floor. Weird smells are in both of my bathrooms, with one being a lot stronger burdened with smell than the other. In irregular patterns ...
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Source for vinegary smell on leak?

Recently, I headed down into our basement, the first time I've been down there in weeks to be honest, and I noticed that there initially seemed to be a leak coming from the Pittsburgh potty in the ...
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Bathroom smells bad after new toilet install

Recently we noticed a bad smell coming from our downstairs bathroom. When we investigated it further it seem that there was some leakage from base of the toilet. So had a plumber come out, took out ...
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How to remove strong musty odor from garage?

I have moved into a rental house and the garage has a musty odor of which I cannot tolerate to breathe so I cannot even park my car in the garage. After I put in a HEPA filter and let it run for 2 ...
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Sink drain piping, smelly and trap isn't dry

I recently installed a new sink and had to redo all the drain pipes. There is a pretty bad sewer gas smell coming from the drain. It is a kitchen sink so it gets used frequently. I checked the trap ...
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Basement Smell in Utility or Bathroom?

In our house, we have a partially below grade basement. Occasionally, our basement will smell like sewer gas (farts) but I can not determine where the smell is coming from. The basement does have ...
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mysterious dirt odor

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 ...
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Why is there a musty smell from my HVAC system even after coil cleaning?

I am having trouble getting rid of a smell in my AC (installed 2016), 2 visits by an HVAC professional have resulted in no luck. Problem: There is a musty smell, from all vents, as the AC is turning ...
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Sewer smell in bathroom ONLY when central a/c is on and kitchen sink is running water

This is a weird one, and have come across multiple handymen and none of them can pinpoint the problem when I describe it. Though they have never been in the room when it happens. Here is the scenario.....
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Is it safe to seal a gas fireplace?

I live in an apartment which has a gas fireplace. The pilot fire is sky blue in the fireplace, but I can still smell the gas somehow. The fireplace has a glass door but it is not hermetic when the ...
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Water leaking from sink trap

This weekend I replaced a drain stopper and all the hardware down to the p-trap, keeping those parts original. After connecting everything I ran the water for about 10-15 minutes while I cleaned up. ...
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How long should the smell of silicone caulk last?

I recaulked around my tub last night with 100% silicone caulk. It's now been a bit over 12 hours, so the caulk is set and I can get the tub wet (according to the instructions on the tube), but the ...
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How do I seal off a small closet so smells there don't escape?

I've got a small pocket closet in a study right next to where I work that is actually a partition of a hall coset in an adjacent building entrance, and therefore not well isolated from it. Recently ...
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Removing detergent smell from clay/earthen pot [closed]

I used detergent to clean a newly bought clay pot. Kept water in it for around 5 hours, To my surprise I am now drinking perfume :(. How do I now remove this strong detergent smell. I tried coating ...
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Dealing with scratches in baseboards and concrete from flooring installation

This is not the same question at all. One asks about how to improve my cutting technique and nothing more. This asks about how to deal with the aftermath specifically focusing on sealing in/cleaning ...
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Tobacco smoke smell from utility closet

I'm in a condo with neighbors on both sides. utility closet is in the basement. It smells like old stale cigarette smoke in my utility closet, like somebody has been smoking cigarettes in there for ...
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Old house odor in a condo [closed]

Condo is in Florida. The building is 32 years old. 8 Units in a 2story building. Mine is on the 2nd floor. Brand new HVAC system including ducts-2018. Attic insulation was fine according to a home ...
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Indoor fuel tank removed - How to eliminate lingering smell

Background: I recently replaced my home heating system (an oil burning furnace) for a modern heat pump (air-water). There is a room in our basement (2.9m x 3.5m, or roughly 10ft x 13ft) where the 10'...
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