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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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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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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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How to solve bad smell with p-trap near exit

I have a bad smell in the bathroom, sewer like smell. Just moved in, but pretty sure that the bath, the separate shower and washbasin all lead into the same pipe, which descends into the cellar and ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Is this wood the source of the odor?

I moved into a 425 sq ft apartment about a month ago. The AC had a leak for awhile. When I found it, they replaced the AC. I have had the new AC for about 2 weeks. I have a musky old wood odor in my ...
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How is running the water in one shower improving the smell of the other shower?

My wife and I had a mysterious musty smell in our master bathroom shower drain for a few months. We tried various remedies - snaking the drain (removed a small wad of hair), over the counter drain ...
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How can I get rid of the old wood/furniture smell?

I've just bough a place, renovated it a bit. The kitchen looks to be in decent condition, but I get that smell of old wood/furniture. How do I get rid of that? I mean it's only for month or two, I ...
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gas fireplace smells

I bought a house that was vacant for a year and a half. It has a gas fireplace. The plumber that fixed the heating unit supposedly looked at the fireplace too and lit the pilot for me. I lit the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Sewer Smell in Sumps

I recently bought a house with two sump pumps in the basement. They do their job well despite running every hour or two due to the high clay table in the area. The property also has a septic system, ...
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How to get rid of a smell that has permeated the walls of a dishwasher

The other day, we ran a load of dishes in our dishwasher and one of the containers had been holding a particularly fragrant spice in it. After the load was done, we found that the dishwasher itself ...
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I cleaned the fridge and it still smells. What part should I clean / replace?

My last tenant was, to put it mildly, a slob. I spent several hours cleaning the fridge pictured below, with a steam cleaner and various cleaning products until it looked nearly new. I then removed ...
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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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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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