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Old 11-17-2014, 11:53 AM   #1
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Unusual smell in cabinets??


Folks, my wife and I have an unusual smell in our cabinets that almost smells like dirt. I have a West facing stucco wall that had a conduit running out of it into the ground outside for an electrical connection on my patio, some time back I was trying to get to the bottom of the odor and took the conduit out and when I pulled it out of the ground it smelled like dirt of course and that is, in my opinion, what the inside of the cabinets smell like, the smell is only in the cabinets on the West side. I have had a contractor over to check it out and he said it smells like dirt, I have also had a pest control company over and they told me its not bugs or anything like that, can someone possibly point me in the right direction as to how to approach this and getting to the bottom of it?
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Old 11-17-2014, 12:11 PM   #2
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Is there possibly small holes left over from mounting the cabinets to this wall that are not sealed?

What kind of material is on the inside of this stucco wall, A standard 2x wall with sheet goods?

You might have a vermin nest inside the stucco wall that has gotten fetid, or maybe some insect (mud daubers) nested in the area where the roof meets the wall.

I am just taking WILD stabs at this with no other clues to the query.



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I thought this looked familiar.

http://www.diychatroom.com/f2/odor-k...d-help-206735/
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Wow, this is a tough one. Hard to post pics of a smell, lol! It could be termites. I know a pest control company came in and took a look but I've seen them miss an infestation a few times over the years. They do build their tunnels of mud to get to wood.

Has anyone used a remote camera set-up to look inside the wall cavities?
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Old house with balloon wall construction?
If so has the walls been fire sealed and the top and bottom?
If not any odors under the house is free flowing behind those walls all the way to the attic.
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Old house with balloon wall construction?
If so has the walls been fire sealed and the top and bottom?
If not any odors under the house is free flowing behind those walls all the way to the attic.
Yea the ballon framing kinda acts like a chimney.
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Recent plumbing done.?
Pex.?
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Folks, I appreciate all the replys but no recent plumbing issues or anything like that. I guess I need to get in there behind my cabinets and maybe cut a hole in the sheetrock and use my snake-camera to look into the walls.
The house was built in 1995 and is on a slab so no odors under the house.
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Old 11-18-2014, 04:35 PM   #9
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Drill a vent hole where it can't be seen.
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PoleCat, yes that was kinda what I had in mind, I have 2 deep drawers for pots and pans to the left of my range and was going to do that and use my snake-camera(not sure what they are called) and look into the walls and see if I can locate anything, the odor is driving my wife crazy but I'd like to know what it is as well.
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Our cabinets got funky when they were shut up tight for several days. There is already a vent on the one under the sink. I just bored a few holes into the dead space from under the sink side and odor is gone.
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Was any remodeling done between 2004 - 2008..?
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ron45, its hard to know if anything was done between those years as I only moved in in 2010, this is my 4th year being in the house, I don't think much was done though considering the amount of remodeling my wife and I have done to get the house where we like it.
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We have a funky smell in our bathroom cabinet.

It turns out a vent is under there a studor vent that maybe defective.
$5 -$25 fix depending on which vent you get.

Is your plumbing inside the smelly cabinet? Modular homes tend to use these valve vents instead of roof vent.
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