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jburchill 03-20-2012 01:26 PM

Funky Smell in the house
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Hello, I need help trying to get this funky smell out of my house and I have no idea where it is coming from.

Just started about 2 weeks ago and not sure where its coming from and we KEEP A CLEAN HOUSE for you people out there thinking I'm a dirty old
And its probably even cleaner now since this smell.
The smell is like a musty/sour smell.

I just got done drywalling the basement and priming the walls. Haven't painted yet and still cleaning up the dust in the basement. The basement doesn't smell so I don't think its down there. Its the upstairs that stinks and I have fans going and windows open to ventilate everything.

Tonight I'm going up to the attic to see if anything funky or dead is up there. We don't have a crawl space fyi.

Please help!!!

joecaption 03-20-2012 01:55 PM

Dry trap in a sink, shower or tub that gets little use, leaking toilet wax ring.
If it may be a trap just drump some water in the drain.

Condinsate pan under the refigerator full of nasty water.

jburchill 03-20-2012 02:03 PM

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The basement doesn't get used a lot, but I'll pour some water down the drain in the tub. The toilet has a plug in it due to flooding two years ago and haven't had any smell yet. But I don't smell anything in the basement really.

For the fridge, we have a new fridge is the pan hard to get to?

joecaption 03-20-2012 02:06 PM

Most ref. just have a snap on cover in the front at the very bottom. Remove it and the pan just slides out.

Nailbags 03-20-2012 02:53 PM

dead mouse or rat in a wall?

jburchill 03-20-2012 02:57 PM

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If that is the case, I would just have to ride that out one would think. How long does that last about a couple weeks?...I'm going in the attic tonight to see if anything leaked through during spring

jburchill 03-21-2012 11:20 AM

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Nothing in the attic, looked dry and didn't smell. I'll have to go check it out after it rains.

user1007 03-21-2012 12:35 PM

Once tried for ages to trace a horrid foul smell in one of my first apartments. My significant other and I were clean and were not aware of any dead animals. After weeks it turned out to be potting soil for a hanging plant that had gone sour. Leached it thoroughly and the smell went away.

jburchill 03-21-2012 01:10 PM

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I have bleached under the sink, and have a dehumidifier going. I do not have the central air going but the smell is better..well a little better.

I will later turn on the central air and see if that makes it worse. I hope a mouse didn't die in a vent...that would suck!!

jburchill 03-24-2012 11:15 PM

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I think I found the problem. I brought in some paint cans from the garage that been there all winter. I think they froze and got moldy or something rotten in them. I put them back outside and the smell as gone away.

Italgrl 03-29-2012 07:21 PM

Had this happen twice for different reasons.

First time turned out to be water level in a toilet too low and letting sewer gases in. Second was an unopened can of cat food in the pantry that was bad (bad seal or small puncture) and smelled like a dead animal in the walls.

lynnbrwn 04-06-2012 03:42 PM

Check to see if there are any leaks or a creature might be dead behind the walls. i am not sure how you can find out whether or not you have something dead in your house but I am sure there could be some information on the internet. Good luck

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