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Old 01-09-2012, 07:31 PM   #16
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Just want to say that; that was some interesting writing .... and glad you got the problem resolved.


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I think you need not to do anything as it is rented. You should say to landlord for pest control should be there. Thnaks
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Old 01-25-2012, 09:32 AM   #18
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I think you need not to do anything as it is rented. You should say to landlord for pest control should be there. Thnaks
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Hey so here is my situation,

I am renting a small bungalow near my university. I went home for the holidays and returned 2 weeks later to a bad smell in my place. At first I thought it was just a musty smell and some candles would fix it but I was dead wrong. Its like a strong kitty litter odor, but I don't have any pets! However there are generally a **** ton of squirrels and stray cats in my area.

I don't think its some sort of electrical melting smell because when I left the place I had unplugged everything in the house except the fridge, water heater and stove.

My first guess is either something died in or some mold is growing in my air ducts because the smell seems to be coming from the vents but the smell doesn't exactly increase when the furnace turns on.

So I did an experiment and turned the heat off in the house.

I noticed when the hot water tank started its cycle the vents started smelling. I told my landlord and he said perhaps the air vented outside from the water heater is somehow getting vented back into the house. I am waiting for the water heater to do its next cycle, when it does I am going to smell the exhaust it gives off. I don't know why I would never have smelt this before though since I have been living here for about 4 months. Would weather have something to do with it? I moved here in September and its January now.

Anyway I will keep you all posted, if anybody has any ideas let me know.

We too are having intermittent tar-like smells coming from a single room in the house and I'm starting to think it is creosote from the unused, hidden chimney stem in our newly renovated historic home. We just bought this home and the chimney is behind drywall and unused. I smell the smell from the chimney side of the house and I'm thinking that the drafts from the chimney are causing the tar-like smell (from creosote) to get carried into the vents and hollow areas around our window frames. I'm getting a chimney inspection soon. I hope this helps. Good luck. How frustrating!


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