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Musty/wet soil/slight sour/chemical? smell on first floor in bathrooms and some areas where floor meets the ground

The smell is really hard to describe as you can see from my title. It's not on the whole floor and it comes and goes - sometimes really strong and sometimes none at all. There's no obvious pattern as ...
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Bathroom smells of paint after a steamy shower, and paint is now peeling. Worried about health. Looking to fix. (Apartment)

Context: It's been 31 days from this post since I moved into this apartment. I've noticed that if I take a steamy shower, then close the door on the bathroom after I get out, then the bathroom will ...
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How to keep Dairy farm & manure odour out of my house? [closed]

I have recently inherited 7000 sq ft of land where I want to construct a house with a back-lawn. The issue is that the land in discussion is adjacent to a small dairy farm, I counted roughly 20 ...
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How do I get rid of a sulphur smell from my toilet & sink?

Every time I flush or run the sink I get a sulfur odor. I've only had the toilet for a year and the smell recently started. What can I do for this?
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Deodorizing Cigarette smell; getting conflicting opinions

Maybe someone here knows, or at least can point me in the right direction. My husband and I recently bought his parent's house, they were both smokers for 50 plus years, in the house. Needless to say,...
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The cooktop, when it's lit, smells of mercapatan when the 500 gal propane tank is refilled

When my propane tank is refilled the cooktop smells of mercapatan, only when the burner is lit. After awhile of using the propane over weeks the smell becomes sporadic, and now that it's 1/3 full ...
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Mastic Odor In House After Skylight Replacement

We had a new roof put on our home last week. They replaced our old cracked skylight with a new one. The old skylight was installed in an odd way, and they had to shave some drywall down that was ...
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Bad Odor after spraying Bleach

Looking for some advice and help to resolve an issue were having after spraying bleach on the backside of my bathtub. Reason for doing this we had a rat climb up the plumbing and make a mess inside ...
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Moving into a home that had dogs, and I'm allergic... what should be on my to-do list?

In about a month, I'm moving into a house that had 1-2 large dogs. I'll allergic to dogs, and I'm curious what steps I should take to prep the house before I move in. There is also a room (living room)...
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Why is our house so musty?

My husband and I bought a beautiful 1950s mid century modern brick ranch house in upstate New York a year ago. We love it, but it stinks. It’s a strong musty/earthy smell throughout the whole main ...
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sewer gas leak stumped our plumber - what should we do next?

Sewer gas has been leaking into our main floor bathroom for the past couple of months. After several visits from our plumber with no success fixing the problem, he's told us he's stumped and doesn't ...
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My bathroom sink isn't aligned with the P-trap. Could that be causing the smell?

Total novice here. The sink in our bathroom often has a bad smell coming out of it. We've done bleach as well as baking soda & vinegar, but it seems to keep coming back. I noticed that the sink ...
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sewer smell on cabin toilet

Hello I have an off grid cabin with one bathroom and the toilet room smells of sewer pretty bad at times, esp with rain and colder weather. I looked under the crawl space for venting and there is a ...
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Dealing with recently decarpeted room with generational urine reek

Zinsser BIN primer applied with a paint sprayer, completely covering the floor and probably the baseboards, too. Two coats at appropriate intervals. If it oversprays to the walls, I don’t really care....
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How Should we construct compost pit which doesn't produce odour or breeding ground for mosquito or termite

I'd like to construct a compost pit near my house which will collect dried tea bags, fruit & vegetable wastes or unwanted food left overs. I believe over the time , it'll degrade and start ...
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cold water odor from bathroom sink faucet

Our home is 3 years old and we have city water. We have dual sinks in our bathroom. When the cold water is turned on in only the left sink, an odor starts about 4 seconds later and then goes away. No ...
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What is causing a smell from under my bathroom sink?

(I'll preface this by saying I'm not an experienced DIYer, especially with plumbing, but this seemed to be the best place to post this question. Hoping someone can help!) I've had a sporadic smell, ...
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Smelling sewer gases from my washer

Our front-load washing machine has a problem where sometimes it really smells of sewer gas. This only happens occasionally, and we can only smell it when the door is open. We usually leave the door ...
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Plumbing vent odor on rooftop deck

Just bought a place that came with an accessible rooftop and there's a plumbing vent that creates a pretty noticeable odor when near it. Our inspector provided a recommendation to put the vent cap on ...
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Can I seal off these ceiling cavities in my basement from rodent pest access and/or remove the old, soiled insulation inside to stop smells?

Part of our kitchen/dining room extends into our back yard where there's no basement underneath. Perhaps it was an addition at some point (it's a 1940s house) but down in the 'unfinished' side of the ...
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Master bathroom sink sewer smell won't go away

Master bathroom has a sewer smell. It mainly seeks to come from my wife's sink. I've snaked it, drano, vinegar baking soda, plumber has snaked it, but the smell always comes back. I've been ...
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Fish Oil smell in closet - electrical failure/hazard?

I recently moved into a rental house. There is an obvious fish oil smell in the closet of the room above the garage. And by fish oil smell, I mean if you literally took a fish oil supplement and ...
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How do I eliminate bad odor in my dishwasher and kitchen sink drains?

I have frequent sewer, wet dog, swamp smell in my dishwasher and kitchen sink drains. What do I need to do to fix this problem? It is intermittent making it difficult to diagnose. I added an Oatey ...
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Electrical outlet smells like metal

What should I do if one of my electrical outlets smell like metal. At first I thought it was my surge protector, but I unplugged that. Now I found out its the outlet. I'm scared. I hope it's not ...
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Odor on top floor

My home in the Chicago suburbs has a third level that is a mostly finished master suite with a full bathroom. As the weather warms up we notice an obvious “body odor” type smell in that room. When ...
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Sewage smell from bathroom faucet after replacing

I just replaced the toilet, sink, and faucet in my bathroom and I now smell sewage from the sink. Everything is basically the same, although I had to get a drainpipe extender - still have p-trap ...
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Is P-Trap installed correctly? [duplicate]

Our bathroom sink is used multiple times per day but there is a bad odor almost every time we turn on the water, coming from p trap. We have found some bad DIY work in this house already, so I’m ...
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Sudden arrival of acrid smell in one bedroom

At first, I thought it was coming from the ensuite bathroom but after keeping both doors to the bedroom closed for just a few minutes it was only in the bedroom. It is a smell that I associate with ...
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Sewer Gas Smell From Shower But P-Trap Is Full

I smell sewer gas every other day or so in my basement bathroom which has a sink, toilet, and shower. The p-trap on all of them are full and when I get down and smell the drain of the shower, it has a ...
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Washroom Drain is Smelly

2 inches pipe connection between washbasin and floor trap (main drain) has opposite slope. Washbasin has trap underneath and controls it whereas floor trap (main drain in shower) smells occasionally. ...
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How do I clean evaporator/drip pan in a Jennair column refrigerator

I have a Jennair column fridge and freezer. Unfortunately, some meat that was defrosting in the meat drawer leaked into the fridge and made its way into and through the two bottom/veggie drawer all ...
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No vent in my cabin and smell septic tank

I have a cabin without a vent on the roof for the drain pipe. We have a concrete septic tank also without any vent. My water drains correctly inside but we have some smell in my bathroom. Does anybody ...
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Comfee dehumidifier creating a weird toxic smell

Recently bought a new Comfee Dehumidifier MDDF-16DEN7 WF and turned it on in a relatively small bedroom. Even though it dropped the humidity from average of 90 to 60, it left a weird smell in the air ...
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How do I remove mothball smell from metal?

I recently got a metal tray full of nuts, bolts, washers, and drill bits from a yard sale, and it smells like mothballs. I know mothball off-gas is carcinogenic, so I wanted to reasonably ...
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How to created a hole through chipboard / melamine to look behind a cupboard

There is a cupboard in a bathroom that appears to have some strange smell coming from behind the wall. We've checked the sink to see if its leaking and there is no sign of that, have cleaned through ...
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How can I identify this unusual antique wood finish smell? [closed]

I recently purchased an antique oil painting (18th century), whose frame has a very particular smell that I had never smelled before, touching the frame imparted a fair degree of grime onto my hands, ...
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Propane stove/oven soot/carbon smell

I have a brand new oven/stove that runs on propane. Everytime I try to use the oven it ends up making the kitchen smell like that black soot carbon. I also can see inside the oven tall flames on ...
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How to stop foul smell in toilet

My toilet always leaves some kind of foul smell not sure how it happens , all the toilets and septic tank has vent pipe too. I personally checked my WC and it's properly attached with floor and it's ...
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How to prevent stagnant water in Drainage pit from causing diseases

My house has 6 dry wells for collecting waste water from bathroom and kitchen. I'm worried that it could become a breeding ground for Mosquitoes , Bacteria, virus and foul smell. Are there any ...
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What is on my drywall and why it smells?

One of the small rooms in my recently bought home smells when door is closed for 24 hours or longer. Something must be outgassing. This is the only room in my home that has two different drywall ...
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Smell from electrical outlet

There is s strange smell on my daughter’s bedroom coming from an electrical outlet (smells like burnt). It smells only at night, despite the breaker being off, it still smells. Electrician changed ...
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Strange smell coming from main sewage pipe in wall

I recently had my kitchen redone and new plumbing done. I am noticing a smell behind the dishwasher where the main sewage pipe is. It’s in the wall but partially comes and connects to other pipes. ...
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Mold odour immediately after rain! No sign inside or outside

I live on Prince Edward Island, on the east side of Canada. We renovated our old building completely last year, so everything is new and neat except the main structure. Now immediately after rain, we ...
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How can I eliminate odor from exterior paint used indoors?

I painted my inner walls with exterior plastic paint by mistake. It had a very foul odor when summer came. Painted 3 times and still smells Smell is terrible in summer months especially when opening ...
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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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