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Need tips, approach, or method(s) to eliminate smell/odor in a closet short of a tear down?

Here's some background: We bought this house in July of 2017. The previous owner left a hall closet full of GNC-style product (it was packed with pills of all kinds). It primarily smells of those ...
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Intermittent sewage smell from air ducts

My home is two stories, 5100 sq feet, and was built in 1990. I have a septic system, radon mitigation, and central forced air. This has gone on for two winters now, but not before that. The second ...
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Removing the smell of cannabis (not my cannabis!)

Having recently purchased a house which was previously used to grow a "commercial" amount of cannabis I'm struggling to remove the smell. It seems to be engrained in to every surface, hard or soft. ...
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Silicone or expanding foam??? Trying to seal around pipe baseboard heating to seal out smoke from downstairs

I live in an apartment on 2nd floor. The landlord lives downstairs and 3 people down there constantly smoke. It's so bad in my second bedroom. I bought expanding foam but afraid to spray around pipe ...
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Strange voltages from wires behind outlet, and smell from behind outlet

For the last month or so I've been getting a strange smell in my house that we bought 6 months ago. The smell is not obvious, but smells a little burnt to me, but my wife thinks it smells like a stink ...
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What could cause a wet soil / moisture smell on concrete slab

I have a wet soil smell coming from the living room concrete slab. I had to remove all the tile in the leaving room. A remediation company came, they removed the drywall and dehumidified the place, ...
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Sewer smell in basement - missing venting or other leak?

I recently started detecting a sewer smell coming from the laundry room in my basement. I think I only trigger it (and not every time) when I run my whole-house fan. I've been running this fan (with ...
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Front-load washer keeps getting stinky

I have an older Whirlpool front-load washer that's stinky. I periodically clean it inside and out (including the folds in the seal) but the smell keeps coming back. Last time this happened, I took the ...
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how to deal with tub drain smell?

There's a foul odor in our kids (teens) bathroom which I'm pretty sure is coming from the tub drain. We have some kind of domed cover over the drain most of the time to catch hair, but apparently it ...
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Effective ways to get rid of smell in basement from drain?

Background So this weekend I got to have all the fun of unclogging a clogged drain. The drain was from a kitchen sink but I was able to go through a lower access point and run a motorized snake ...
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Chlorinate hot water heater

I left town for a week and now have a hot water heater that's been sitting and apparently breeding bacteria resulting in an abundance of hydrogen sulfide. It stinks really bad. I tried emptying it ...
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Musty Smell in slab and block house

As my title states, I have a house that is on a slab and the exterior and most interior walls are block and covered with plaster. Since we bought the house we have noticed a musty smell that we ...
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New washing machine using the same valve as the sink, water smells and tastes like plastic

So I have been using the same valve for actually two washing machines and a sink, and when I got the new washing machine the problem started appearing. I am guessing this is because of the new washer ...
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Drainage issue, water causing foul odor in home

I live in an apartment building where the building is built on a concrete slab. There is NO overhead drain pipes or gutters and the water pools up along the side of the building next to my living room ...
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Is there a simple way to evaluate whether a vent stack is clogged?

I recently spoke with a home owner who has had a number of plumbing issues, ultimately resulting in a new sewer line run from the residence to the main. The homeowner is concerned that there may still ...
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Can you sand drywall to get rid of cigarette smoke?

We are living in a house that was remodeled after purchasing from heavy smokers. Our source tell us that they used to smoke packs of cigarettes a day. Then, it was purchased and remodeled. 5 years ...
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Why do I have a urine smell under vanity in bathroom

I live in a condo & under my vanity it smells like urine which makes the whole bathroom smell like urine. Why & how to get rid of this!! My cabinet is wood & I’ve clean with lysol but ...
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Warm Weather Smell…Again

Trying to track down an odor that has once again shown up, now that weather is getting warmer. I believe it to be a sewer odor, but no water leaks in the sewer pipes. House was built in 1910...with ...
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Is there a temporary solution to alleviate wet carpet stench in the basement?

Yesterday I discovered that part of the carpet in the basement is soggy and there's a sewage-like stench. I've contacted both the water damage restoration company and the insurance company to evaluate ...
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Can primer cover up a smoke smell inside house?

House was formerly owned by a smoker. Will 1 coat of primer(Kilz in my case) cover and seal in odor inside the house?
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How to permanently get rid of old cigarette smell from previous resident?

We have recently moved into a rental apartment (built early 1990s). The previous resident was a smoker, and there is a distinct smell of cigarette smoke. She lived there for 15 years. The apartment ...
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Room above garage smells

I live in Ottawa in 15 year old house. The room above garage smells like wet wool or rubber. I removed the carpet and a foam padding to examine. The padding and plywood smell as described above (...
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Getting rid of ozone and/or burning plastic smell left over from a dead box fan

Almost had a housefire a few weeks back. We left a Lasko box fan (that we use for white noise while sleeping) on during the day and when we went to go to bed there was a horrible burning smell coming ...
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Foul smell in living room [closed]

For the past couple days I have noticed a foul smell in my living room and I can't seem to locate it. It smells more like dog poop and/or puke. I have a dog but she has never pooped in the house ...
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Downstairs exhaust fan venting into upstairs?

I recently purchased a bi-level home with two full baths. The inspection didn't include ductwork, but it seems to me that the downstairs bathroom is somehow venting into the rest of the house. There ...
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Can I disconnect a Corian Sink Overflow tube?

We have noticed a foul odor from our sink which has the corian overflow tube (made out of plastic) that sits outside the bowl. As soon as we turn the water on, the odor appears. I have taken it ...
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How to remove smell from exposed plywood Bathroom cabinets

Recently purchased an older home and the cabinets in the bathroom have an off smell that transfers into the towels as they sit in there. There is exposed, unfinished plywood and I’m assuming it’s ...
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How to I eliminate the smell coming from my Mitsubishi mini split units?

I have 2 Mitsubishi mini split units on the 2 additions on my house. One is a Mr. Slim Inverter and the other is an Inverter. During the warmer months when I am running them in A/C mode, they ...
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Bathroom Sink Odor

I have recently replaced my bathroom vanity with a new vanity top and built in sink. When I turn on the water, especially the cold, there is a smell like rotten eggs that is coming from the vent in ...
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How can I determine what is emitting chemical fumes in my home?

Our home is a reconstructed 1890's log home moved and rebuilt in the late 70's or early 80's. They used 1 inch thick styrofoam board in the ceiling under the pine tongue and groove. I think it is the ...
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Expoxy Araldite and smell

2 weeks ago I used some 5 min araldite epoxy on one of my projects that consists on pine and tolex / leatherette near one of the joints. I've gone to bring it inside and in my small office there is ...
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How to get rid of odors in wood?

My attic floor was home to nesting mice for years before I bought the house. I've kept the mice away, but the smell hasn't lessened after a year of ventilation. Short of replacing the wood, is there ...
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Stinky dishes and cups from the dishwasher - but only after it rained

The house I live in is 14 years old and is connected to the municipal water and sewage system in the Toronto, Canada, suburbs. I am on my second dishwasher. The first one was a cheapo Whirlpool, the ...
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Can leaving AC on while cooking cause odors to spread around house?

From what I understand the central AC sucks in air, the hot air is expelled via the outdoor fan, the cool air is pushed back into the home via the small vents. So, after it sucks in air (which ...
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Chemical Smell After Tankless Water Heater Install

I recently had a plumbing company install a tankless water heater in my crawlspace. Everything with the install works and looks great, but we are experiencing a very strong chemical smell (like nail-...
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Metallic smell when HVAC Unit. fires up. What could it be?

Background: The HVAC unit I have serves both the 1st and second floor, but does a poor job of distributing heat to the 1st floor. The previous owner added a hydrodronic boiler and baseboards to the ...
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Fridge has a weird smell coming from where the compressor is

I have a fridge that has some kind of weird smell coming from where the compressor is. Ive checked the wires and any connections to see if theres any burnt wires, theres nothing. Its not really a ...
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How to insulate drywall from odor?

I have a strong odor coming from my "hoarder" neighbor upstairs. It is seeping through a drywall column that houses a metal ventilation shaft (in the corner of my bedroom closet). I am thinking of ...
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Dishwasher causes terrible smell in disposal - why?

Our 15-year-old Asko dishwasher has its drain connected to the garbage disposal on our sink, and it in turns drains through a P-trap into a sewer pipe that has a "sure vent" (not vented to the roof or ...
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How can I patch a large hole in a particle board with something removable?

I live in an apartment building on the second floor, and there is a strong smell of cigarette smoke coming through a vanity. After removing the drawers, I saw that there was a roughly 5x12" hole sawed ...
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prevent kitchen aspirator exhale from other condominium kitchens

first of all sorry my bad english. I live in a condominium in a rented house and the owner installed very cheap appliances in the kitchen. The condominium has the kitchen aspirator pipe for the ...
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Unidentified pipe and smelly water trickling under slab into basement floor drain

Our house is in Toronto, Canada and was built in the late 1960's. We have lived here 5 years and currently rent out the basement suite. A few days ago, our tenants complained of a sewer smell ...
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How to isolate dead animal odors in crawlspace?

Some animal, likely a squirrel or largish animal, obtained entrance to a crawlspace and died there. No one is able to isolate the location of the carcass. The odor seems to be too ubiquitous in the ...
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Sewer smell every time it rains

I've just moved into a newly build house a few months ago and every time it rains, it smells like sewer in a bathroom and the living room. I'm using the municipal sewer and I checked in my own yard ...
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New septic tank + smell in house

We have recently had a new septic tank put in our house (about 3 months ago). 1 month after the works were complete, there started to be an overwhelming septic tank smell in the house. There is only ...
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Screw Shell on light bulb burnt / black after light bulb died

Should I be concerned that the candelabra on a decorative incandescent bulb was blackened / burnt after the light bulb died? Bulb is hanging from an open air kitchen chandelier. lt created a terrible ...
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Quickest way to fix a wet carpet that smells

So I have messed up. I am moving house. On Saturday I hired a carpet cleaner and ran it round my flat. Something went a bit wrong when I was doing the bedroom and it didn't dry the carpet very well. ...
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Draining sediment out of my hot water heater

Trying to improve the odor of our well water, I’ve installed a whole house filter and a UV sterilizer (adding it to an existing water softener). Now, the cold water (still with a lot of iron) smells ...
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What's causing the sewage smell in my laundry room?

I noticed my laundry room has developed a strong sewage smell over the last two days. I suspect it may have to do with vent blockage, but I ran a garden hose to the vent in the roof last night and had ...
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If I can smell my trash in my garage from the room above it, should I be concerned about other vapors?

We just bought a new construction home. We have some trash in our garage bin that does have a potent smell, but I assumed it'd stay confined to the garage. This evening while putting my daughters to ...