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Propane stove/oven soot/carbon smell

This sounds very likely a "gas" stove which has not had a propane conversion. Propane is run at a higher pressure than natural gas so all burner orifices must be down sized. Often stoves ...
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Control smell coming in from neighboring Dry cleaner

First thing to consider: does the law in your area require the cleaning company to restrict the fumes from their operation? If it does, and they aren't in compliance, the government may be able to get ...
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Washroom Drain is Smelly

Pictures of the setup (edited into your original question) will help you get better answers that apply specifically to your situation. The general answer is to properly slope all drain pipes so they ...
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Moving into a home that had dogs, and I'm allergic... what should be on my to-do list?

If the previous owners are taking their furniture and a large area rug, that removes a large part of the problem. Any other rugs left that you are going to keep should be shampooed/cleaned by a ...
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How to I eliminate the smell coming from my Mitsubishi mini split units?

Posting my experience here as it may help others. This happened for the first time to me last night -- same scenario: 2-year-old Mitsubishi units, very humid day (raining on and off), low cooling load....
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Propane stove/oven soot/carbon smell

If you are certain that the oven is set up for LPG (see the answer by Kyle), then another thing to check is that the air intake to the oven burner isn't blocked, for example by packaging materials ...
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Is P-Trap installed correctly?

This is not the correct way to install a p-trap. The pipe exiting the sink should run vertically into the top of the p-trap, then exit the p-trap horizontally back into the wall and connect to the ...
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Moving into a home that had dogs, and I'm allergic... what should be on my to-do list?

You'll need to wash/clean the walls either my doing it yourself or hiring it out. The floors will need to be inspected for damage under the area rug where urine could have seeped into the cracks ...
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rotten egg smell in cold water only bathroom sink of new home

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 ...
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How to get rid of old house smell?

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 ...
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Plumbing vent odor on rooftop deck

Just extending the pipe from where it is would make a weak point at the joint. Use 90Deg. elbows and run the pipe toward the wall and anchor it there after turning vertical again. Then having the ...
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Moving into a home that had dogs, and I'm allergic... what should be on my to-do list?

If you are strongly allergic to dogs, it would be in your best interest to hire a professional cleaning service. Let them know about your allergies and get estimates based on the square footage and ...
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Burning smell in my clothes dryer

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 ...
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How to permanently get rid of old cigarette smell from previous resident?

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 ...
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Can you sand drywall to get rid of cigarette smoke?

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 ...
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Is it safe to seal a gas fireplace?

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. ...
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Why does sulphur smell linger so long after treating it?

The root cause was not residual sulphur in the pipes. I found out that there were, in fact two contributing problems to begin with: one was obvious and not root cause (a blockage at injector site) and ...
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Bought a house and very strong damp/sewer smell in main bedroom

Firstly, get someone to perform a diagnostic Air quality in a building can be very dangerous if unchecked (particularly sewer gas, but also carbon monoxide which is odorless). As it's not particularly ...
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Dealing with recently decarpeted room with generational urine reek

Yes, get the organic vapors cartridge for your mask. It wasn’t crystal clear — if you haven’t removed the 1/4” hardboard, I suggest you do that. I’d also consider pulling the baseboards to get primer ...
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My bathroom sink isn't aligned with the P-trap. Could that be causing the smell?

The fact that it's an S-trap with no vent is far more likely to be the root problem than the horizontal offset (which is certainly odd in itself) is. Assuming you're not up for running a proper vent, ...
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Persistent sewage smell coming from basement drain

My friend had a persistent sewer smell in the basement -- and it became so bad that it permeated the whole house to the point that she couldn't live there. This was in late summer of 2016. She had ...
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Natural gas smell in house after new roof installation

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 ...
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Why does my window smell like BO?

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. ...
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Intermittent sewage smell from air ducts

Drain pipes have P-traps in them that hold water to seal the drain from sewer gasses that would otherwise waft up out of the drain. Check your drains (sink and floor) to see if they have water in the ...
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Natural gas range emits kerosene/propane burner odor

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 ...
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Master bathroom sink sewer smell won't go away

I had the same issue. Same as you it was in my wife's sink only. the cure was 1/4 cup of bleach in the overflow hole and another 1/4 down the drain. Leave it all to work for an hour. Then rinse ...
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Bathroom smells of paint after a steamy shower, and paint is now peeling. Worried about health. Looking to fix. (Apartment)

Since it is a new problem (if it was an old problem then you'd have peeling paint all over the bathroom already), I suspect a combination of two things: New Paint The apartment was likely painted ...
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New crawl space fiberglass insulation - Strong odor

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 ...
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How can I mitigate copper naphthenate (copper green) smell indoors?

This product is for exterior use only - per the EPA and is illegal to apply inside or under your home. The only way to mitigate the odor is to allow it to dry - Copper Green was sprayed under my ...
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Five Year Mystery - Unable to find source of burning smell from HVAC system

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 ...
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