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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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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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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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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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It took us 4 months to track down our odor. It was ghostly, in that you would only catch a small whiff once in a while while in the house; however, when you came back into the house after being out just a few hours it smelled much worse. It was mostly isolate to the kitchen, but, again, you could smell it at the front door when coming in from outside. To ...


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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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We had this same problem. The smell was only coming from our kitchen sink, and only for a few seconds after the water was turned on. No other faucet in the house had smelly water, so I was quite certain it wasn’t from water heater issues. We tried draining some water from the water heater just in case, but no sediment came out and no smell. Since the smell ...


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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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Where I live, it is mandatory that if you can smell the gas, you have to call a professional certified in detecting gas leaks in home installations, or if you can't afford that, emergency gas service. They will find the leak and fix it or, if it is not trivial, safely unplug your device so you could get it to repair shop, in a way that is up to a local code ...


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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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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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Yes, you have a problem! An orange flame, as opposed to a blue one, indicates too much fuel and not enough air (i.e. a RICH combustion condition) that is very dangerous. Excess CO is produced in this case and can be deadly. Get a qualified service tech to correct this immediately and don't use the oven until it's fixed! With respect to your igniter ...


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You should siphon the water out using a tube or flexible pipe. I have included an article containing instructions on how to do this here. You will have to adapt it to a much smaller scale, but the principle is the same. If you just do a search for siphoning, maybe you will find a better/more applicable example. I just chose this article bc it wasn't about ...


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Think I found it, this time, at least. Turned out to be some rotten, moldy food that managed to get hidden away in the back of an infrequently-used pantry.


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Since you have isolated it to one particular sill maybe you should simply replace it again. In five months that sill may have gotten wet and activated some fungus that has been latent in the wood. I think replacement is the best piece of mind as well because if you just try to cover up the smell you will always be wary of that fact and be stressed by it.


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There is a burning smell inside my clothes dryer after it runs. Does anyone know what that could be? Yes. Burning smells are a common indicator that something is burning. So something is burning. There is no smoke (thankfully) but it definitely has a mild to medium smell or something burning. I think its a gas powered dryer (its hard to get to the back ...


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While this would just be short term use. If you have natural gas, propane or oil appliances, this could & even would suck noxious fumes into the house which could eventually or quickly kill you. That's the bad news. Other than that, an exhaust fan does, of course, remove heated & cooled air. If you're single I don't see this being a big deal. But, ...


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Do you maybe have a steam humidifier on the furnace? If it was wired incorrectly or was damaged it could be trying to heat water when the furnace is not running, or when no water was present in the boiler. How confident are you on the diagnosis of the electrical issues? I've heard of underground feeders upstream of the breaker panel becoming damaged and ...


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Your comment about "burnt cotton candy" triggered my memory of this article that I read a while ago. From Green Building Adviser on smelly eco-friendly fiberglass. The article describes the glue used as having a sweet burnt smell: According to Frank O’Brien-Bernini, an Owens Corning vice president and chief sustainability officer, “The new binder ...


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I have the same problem. I discovered the body odor smell was coming from the fly screen. I live by the beach. After a weather event involving both wind and rain I noticed there salt deposits left. When the sun beats down on the salt deposits the BO smell is most prevelant. I have to remove the flyscreen and give it a thorough clean with sugar soap and a ...


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The bad smell is not dangerous. It is usually caused by 1 of 2 things. The anode in the water heater has dissolved and there is a bunch of gunk in the bottom of the water heater that needs to be flushed out using the bottom drain on the water heater. The second reason is trapped air in the tank, I have found this more often on systems with pressure tanks ...


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You want to make sure that all your traps have water in them. If your floor drain is dry, it will leak sewer gas. Also, if you have natural gas or propane, check to make sure that there are no leaks. Natural gas can smell like sewer gas.


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The condensate drain line at your unit should have a trap built into it to keep sewer gasses from being pulled up that line. Opening a window may worsen the problem. Since you live in an apartment, I would have a licensed HVAC company do the work. You could then contact the apartment manager for a refund. You could also contact the housing authority for ...


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This was already answered hours ago by another one of our more experienced users, when you asked this under a different username: Is this mold? Black? White? Honestly, it appears to be simple iron staining. Appears black on wood, white on zinc coatings. Simple reaction of carbons in the metal and tannins in the wood. Although it is activated by moisture, ...


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I think you need to find your way into the heat exchanger and look for "foreign" matter to clean out. Let me walk you through what is going on here. The initial fan noise you hear, is the draft inducer blower, and it does exactly what you suspect. It should take air from either your intake air vent, or older furnaces would use the ambient air of the room. ...


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This sounds like a drain hose problem. If you can post a picture of the drain hose from where it leaves the dishwasher until it goes into the drain pipes (usually either into the pipes under the sink or into a disposal under the sink), that would be very helpful. Key likely items: 1 - If the drain hose goes into the drain pipes past the trap then that ...


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