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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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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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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 traps. (the smell is probably being moved around by the fan in the heater)


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This is precisely why fans exist. One in, one out. You might also sprinkle baking soda (or a freshening product which includes same) on the raw concrete to absorb odor. The key is getting things dry, though. Bacteria can't survive long if things are dry. A dehumidifier would help with that. If all else fails, rent an ozone neutralizer.


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I am not sure if washing machine hoses are rated for potable water, with that said I used to drink from a hose all the time and still do. If the water smells bad let it run it may be like many appliances that have to offgas a little and the smell/ taste will go away after a while. I would think that the hoses should be rated for use with potable water since ...


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Update: We are still not sure what caused the issue, but we had the plumbing company come out and do a vinegar wash of the entire system. This worked and the smell is gone.


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There are a few different issues here, including one that I'll bet you didn't think of: Smoke/Odors This is your initial concern. Something like Great Stuff Foam will do well for this. Heat Resistance Here is where it gets...tricky. I have found various references - the one specific one I found for Great Stuff or similar foam (and it may vary both ...


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Couple things you failed to mention. First, this outlet is controlled by a switch. Second, other outlets died when you removed this receptacle. Those are both important clues. First, let's fix the color coding. Grab some colored electrical tape. The loose black wire, is a switched-hot coming back from the switch. Conventional color code is red; mark it ...


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This outlet was (half?) switched at some point in time Looking into the back of the box, we find the missing link: a white wire, spliced to two black wires. This tells me that the black wire was the switched hot returning from an old-style switch loop at one point in time, but later work went and replaced the switch with a wirenut, rendering the receptacle ...


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If you put your clothing in there as-is, the clothing and then you, when you wear them, will smell just as bad. The smell comes from such furniture sitting closed up for long periods of time. I've found that taking out all the drawers, opening all the doors, and exposing all of it to fresh air and, if possible, direct sunlight, will eliminate the smells in ...


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I am Guessing this a sewage pit/ sump Based on the size and that there are 2 pipes and in that case it should be sealed and there should be a gasket under the lid. I have seen pits with a float and a stick that were not a tight seal and when a toilet flush or running water there was a smell until the pump kicked in. I installed a internal sensor that ...


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Your closet is going to be considered a small enclosed area, a perfect description for a low-cost ion generator. They are frequently used to eradicate pet odors, smoking smells and even fire damage smells. A family member once sold tool-box sized devices and also rented them out for circumstances similar to yours. It was more of a whole-room device due to ...


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Grow some other strong smelling plants, lavender, eucalyptus etc. In fact many many non odoriferous plants in a space will help to "clean" the air. It will dissipate. Air ionization machine. Citrus based cleaners. Baking soda sprinkled on the carpets.


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It sounds like moisture under the slab. Have you tapped a pice of plastic down to the slab for 24 hours? Taping a trash bad down then remove it the next day if the bag has water droplets on it or the area is wet under the bag the slab has moisture under it that is weeping up through the concrete. I have good luck sealing these floors in summer when the water ...


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Didn’t read entire article. Did you poor water down the floor drain. The water evaporates over time, I fill my monthly with a 1/2 gallon of water.


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What about a serious amount of chlorine bleach in the detergent dispenser and in the bleach and "conditioner" dispensers then run on a hot cycle? What about remove mildew smells front loader washer? EDIT One possible cleaning/mold killing procedure would be to pour bleach solution backwards through the water outlet hose. I can't exactly figure out how this ...


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Thanks to comments posted here, I looked at the list of washers that are on the class-action lawsuit lists of affected units and mine is. So I guess it's time for a new washing machine.


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If I were to add chlorine to a water heater I would add it through the anode port, this would be a good time to verify that the anode is still serviceable. After letting the treated water sit I would flush through the closest hot water faucet and once the majority of the strong chlorine is gone flush all the hot taps to prevent chlorine poisoning. My well ...


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My sister had a condo and had very similar problems with the odor. It was the a.c. ducts actually installed in the ground with the foundation poured over then. They rusted out and that's where the musty smell came from. We ended up filling in the ducts and sealing them and running some new ducts on the ceiling and framing around them with drywall. If you ...


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Just a thought on preserving the with copper green. Apply and let it stay outdoor for a while til the smell drops.


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If it's a sewer smell and you are sure that all of the traps have water in them, then it's likely a cracked / broken vent pipe, or a bad DIY addition where they didn't take the vent pipe all the way out through the roof (that happens more than it should because people don't want to end up with a leak in the roof). Call a better plumber. Look for one that ...


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Most critical to removing the smell is to dry the carpet quickly. I dealt with a flooded basement last fall and had good luck with the following. Close off any a/c intake vents in the basement to keep from sucking mold & mildew into the rest of the house. Use a wet/ dry shop vac or carpet cleaner to vacuum out as much water as possible. If you go slow ...


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I would scrub the walls with TSP first. Smoker residue can bleed through even Kilz in my experience.


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