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Old 02-13-2017, 02:12 PM   #1
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Mysterious smell in apartment, HELP :(


Hello, there has been mysterious odor in my apartment for weeks now and no one can figure out exactly what the cause is.
About two weeks ago, a faint smell began creeping in to my apartment through the electrical outlets and cracks near the kitchen wall area which began to smell more like sewage for the past week or so.
The maintenance came out and inspected the pipes/dishwasher/garbage disposal/cupboards/electrical wiring and found nothing.
The source of the smell seems to be coming from the wall through the electrical outlets mostly and may be coming through other possible cracks/crevices near the wall.
It's only coming through the wall of the kitchen and nowhere else and is the most strong in the cupboard located underneath the kitchen sink (possibly because it's closed all day and the smell is being trapped) and the outlet near the sink.
The best I can describe the smell is sewer/garbage like smell but not too pungent but bit sweet?
The building is only 2 years old and there are no garbage room near my location.
The maintenance told me that it most likely a dead mouse somewhere near the wall and offered to place odor-trap near the outlets for the next 4 to 6 weeks to see if it makes any difference.
The management will not open up the walls since they are not certain where the exact location of the carcass will be (they are going with the dead animal theory since it's what their maintenance guy is telling them).
I've never had mildew/mold before so I don't know what exactly they smell like so I don't know if there's a leakage in the wall?
Any input will be greatly appreciated as I have been dealing with the smell for weeks.

Thank you!

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Old 02-13-2017, 02:40 PM   #2
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Where is the home?

Snow on the roof? Sounds like sewer gases from a plumbing vent.

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in CA, so no snow...
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Depending on the odour, could be a small dead critter in the wall, like a mouse of something. It's hard to describe other than they smell 'funky' until the carcass dries out and/or completely decomposes.
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Heavy clay soils often stink when wet.
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No soils or plants. we are on the 3rd floor of the complex. We emptied out everything in the cabinets (we don't have much food stored either) and all other cabinets and drawers have no odor (but they all have backsides to them except for the cabinet in question under the sink). The odor is traveling through the outlets and cracks for sure so the source is definitely located behind the walls, but since the maintenance won't open it there's no way to tell. Is there a way to test/check for leakage behind the wall?
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Thermal imaging (infrared cameras) will locate many water leaks behind walls.

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