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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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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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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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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 do I find and eliminate a sickly sweet smell in my apartment with no obvious source?

Ever since the start of winter my studio apartment has been smelling quite bad. The smell is sweet and astringent, almost like rancid ice cream or sweet vomit. The apartment is only one room and a ...
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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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Why does my window smell like BO?

I have a west facing window that seems to be emanating a horrible body odor smell. I've isolated it to the window, since I can close the cellular shades and it limits the smell. Additionally, if I ...
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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 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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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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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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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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Why does my basement smell like my drop-ceiling tiles?

So I recently refinished my basement. In the process, I replaced the entire drop ceiling with new tiles. I finished that a couple of months ago. I recall the distinct smell of the dust that these ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Burning smell in my clothes dryer

There is a burning smell inside my clothes dryer after it runs. Does anyone know what that could be? There is no smoke (thankfully) but it definitely has a mild to medium smell or something burning. ...
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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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Removing the smell of cannabis left by previous owners

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 ...
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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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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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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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Are there any health concerns with using copper green wood preservative indoors?

So we had a roof leak and water was slowly dripping through the exterior wall and drywall. It had been going on for years, but until recently it became noticeably during a heavy rainfall when the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why would my water taste like plastic fumes?

My father and I finally installed my wall mount bathroom sink and re-attached the existing faucet using the existing hardware. Now the water tastes horrible. It smells noticeably fume-y, and tastes ...
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tracking down sewer gas smell in bedroom

Ever since moving into our new house roughly a month ago, there's been a distinctive (but not overpowering) sewer gas smell in one of our bedrooms. Some information that may be pertinent: House was ...
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New Samsung Washer Smells

I am concerned because our new Samsung washing machine (front loading, stackable, stacked on the bottom) absolutely REEKS of chemicals; the closest I can think of is paint thinner. I expected a "new ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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