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I'll echo the comment and say that you should make sure you have a proper P-trap installed under the sink. This trap holds water and provides a seal against sewer gases getting up into the bathroom. Without one, gases will leak in constantly, and will be displaced by water down the drain which can force the gases up into the bathroom even if normally it's ...


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Smells don't just appear out of nowhere. Something in your room is the source of the smell (dirty laundry, rotten food, etc). Find the source and remove it. If you can't identify it (too used to it?), then ask your parents to look for it. If the smell seems to be everywhere in the room, consider deep-cleaning the carpets. (Buy/Rent a cleaner, or have a ...


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Does it smell when you turn on the tap and catch the water in a bowl (so it doesn't go down the drain)? If so, it's something in the faucet. Take off the aerator cap and look for gunk inside, and/or look in the barrel of the faucet if you can to clean it out. You can also consider replacing the faucet. (I am assuming that since this only affects the ...


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You are correct that floor drains do need to be monitored and occasionally the trap refilled with water. So the first thing to check is that your floor drain actually has a trap. The way to do that is to slowly pour water in to the drain. You should notice the water level rise and stay there. If the water disappears quickly then it's likely you don't have a ...


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Oi! this reminds me of an experience I had about seven years ago. Horrible smell with no obvious source. Turned out that the cats had killed a rat and hidden it behind the books on the bookshelf. Only noticed it because of an awesome slimy trail of maggots. Anecdote aside, my recommendation with this particular occurrence is to wait it out: rodents tend ...


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Guesses so far... Stinky mop. Solution: Wash the mop. Stinky Jack Russell Terrier. Solution: Wash the dog. Dead thing in wall. Solution: Find the dead thing and remove it. Dead thing in vent. Solution: See above item. Stinky toilet. Solution 1: Flush the toilet. Solution 2: Wash the toilet. Solution 3: Replace wax ring. Solution 4: Light a match / ...


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The easiest and most cost effective way of dealing with it is to paint over it with something like drylok. You can't really do anything about the smell itself other than removing the epoxy but you can put up a good barrier.


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When I light my fireplace I leave my flue open for the night. The residual smoke from your fire is putting the smoke smell in the house when you close the flue


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I think your first step is to clear out stored items and run a dehumidfier and fan in the area to drop the humidity. You didn't mention the type of walls, ceilings and floor coverings. Normally, if you smell a musty odor, you will have some mildew somewhere. Are there fabric or paper items stored there now? if the odor still exists after drying out the area,...


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After cleaning it well, put a piece of coal in the freezer; this will remove any smells from it within few hours, maybe a day. I used to put a mid-sized piece of coal inside the refrigerator all the time. This was a piece of advice from my mother and always worked.


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I know you're removing the carpets, but shampooing them will get rid of a lot of the lingering smell. You may need to do it more than once; if so, make sure to let them dry completely in between. After they're dry, vacuum them with a HEPA filter to remove dust or smoke particles that you might have dislodged while shampooing. Smoke will have settled on ...


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open the little crate covering the drain. it's usually a small twist left and lift up. using a bottle brush or similar implement give the drain and the crate a good scrub, removing all the mess of caught hair. it's a bit mucky but should provide a cleaner smelling drain. not that it's ever going to smell like roses. bleach turns to gas a bit and will bring ...


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Musty smells are a sign of moisture. It may be simple enough to run a dehumidifier, or complex enough that you need to start tearing down the wall sto see what's behind them. A lot of basements were finished without every truly fixing moisture issues and a layer of plastic was put up instead. This often traps moisture more than anything and just leads to a ...


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Modern water saving appliances seem to be prone to this. Usually using proper detergent keeps this in check. Since the smell goes away after a wash, it sounds like you are doing this. You might try a different detergent anyway. It may also be a plumbing issue if standing water is consistently left at the end of the cycle. Unless you're on a septic tank, ...


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I had this issue with my electric GE dryer. The plate on the inside had trapped lint that was turning brown and causing the burning smell which smelled like sulfur or burning rubber depending who you talked to. It required unscrewing 3 torx bolts and removing the back plate on the inside of the dryer. I then cleaned out the lint with a vacuum and some wet ...


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Years ago, my wife and I moved into a condo that had a faint weird smell. I put charcoal into a net bag like the ones potatoes come in, and set it into the cold air return ducting at the furnace. I then set the fan to run continuously. We also put the same netted bags in some of the other rooms. After a few weeks the smells were gone. The charcoal absorbed ...


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I had a house I purchased that had previous residents that were very heavy smokers. Everything in the house was covered in a yellow brown film. Steps I had to take to remove the smell. All hard surfaces were washed twice with TSP in hot water. This was necessary because the yellow gunk was so thick that the first washing just could not get it all off. ...


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Trying to sand off paint from drywall just isn't something that's feasible. Your best bet is to use a shellac based primer or other primer made specifically to block odors. A primer that I'm familiar with and have used with good results is Zinsser BIN primer. I'm sure other manufactures make similar products. The shellac base means the primer dries super ...


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What your problem was is no longer your issue. That smell is now in everything. What you will probably need to do is take all of your clothes, linens, curtains, and fabric out of your room and clean them well. Remove all of your furniture as well. Move it to someplace like the garage where it can be aired out. Then clean it with Lysol well and allow ...


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I presume you mean rubbing alcohol AKA Isopropyl Alcohol should be fine. Also consider Hydrogen Peroxide - H2O2 the extra oxygen molecule wants to break off to stabilise and leave H2O (water) behind. That stray oxygen will attack organic matter, the stuff likely causing the smell by oxidizing it. When applied it will fiz and bubble, this is normal. It ...


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I have ten years of insurance restoration experience and this is, by far, one of the hardest questions to answer directly. It is really a trial and error answer. Always start with a small amount of whatever you choose in an inconspicuous place to be sure it doesn't stain the table. We typically used an industrial grade cleaner for smoke damages but this ...


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Get the water tested first to determine the source of the smell.I would test three samples,out of the well but before the softener,after the softener but before the tap and at the tap.This will isolate each componant as the source.Don't forget the fridge door dispenser if you have one.The smell may not be evident until it absorbes oxygen from the air.


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A sulfur smell is usually a sign of sediment in the tank. This is common if the tank is left on during long absences or low volume use. A spent anode can contribute to this smell, since other parts will start to corrode once the sacrificial anode is spent. You should purge the tank by draining it from the bottom valve with the water supply and power turned ...


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The smell is created when natural sulfates found in some water mix with certain micro organisms (bacteria), they produce hydrogen Sulfide (H2S). The preferred treatment is to flush out the system with chlorination and in the process kill off the bacteria. Also by letting the water rise above 140 °F (60 °C) it should also kill off the bacteria but it ...


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Install a fan vented to the outside Install a fan with a carbon filter that recirculates air Spray a deordorizer/fragrance Put a clothes-pin over your nose Eat foods that result to less foul smelling bowel movements Close the door and hope for the best


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A rotten egg smell in water is usually from high sulfer content in the water. Not unheard of in very hard water. Where it could possibly be coming from in the pipe perplexes me though. The fact that it only comes out one faucet is odd. If both the hot and cold smell bad at only that faucet and no other than the problem must be in the faucet itself, since ...


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First, let me say, you are far from the first person to have smell problems with washers, especially front-loaded ones. This has been the topic of many conversations resulting from home inspections and with concerned customers. I have had followup consults with factory reps, appliance repair specialists and the like. The most common problem seems to be ...


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Your contractor should not have sprayed that stuff inside your wall for a number of reasons: 1) it says on the label that it is for exterior use only. 2) It will not really do any good. That product is similar to many traditional wood preservatives that utilize copper napthenate to treat wood before it is exposed to moisture. Putting it on after the fact ...


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If it smells like burning lint, it's probably burning lint. If the seals are worn around the lint trap (as evidenced by the amount collected underneath), the interior of the dryer can accumulate lint really fast. I'd remove the case and vacuum and or blow out the lint that has collected there. This would also be a perfect time to give your dryer vent a ...


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If in ANY doubt about whether there is a significant gas leak, evacuate, alert the fire department, and tell the gas company to send someone over with a sniffer to check for gas and find the source if a leak does exist. However, remember that there might just be a skunk in the area... If you're using gas, it's probably worth investing in a gas alarm before ...


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