Monday, November 30, 2020

4 Sources of Bad Smells in Your Home

If you recently left the house for several hours, only to be greeted by a strange smell on your return, you are probably wondering what could have caused the stench. Some scents have an obvious source, such as a family pet that had an accident on the rug. Other smells are more elusive. If you have looked everywhere you can think of, but something is still reeking, check for these four sources of odor.

1. Leaky Sewage Pipe

Leaks in a sewage line usually start off small but can lead to bigger problems and stronger smells as they grow. Explore the yard for unexplained damp areas or consider a sewer smoke test to know for sure. Unfortunately, this problem is not an easy one to fix on your own, and you will likely need to call a plumber.

2. Squirrelly Intruders

It's fun to watch the antics of squirrels as they chase each other through your yard, but the party is over when they start nesting in your attic. Search the corners for clues such as chewed insulation and piles of droppings. If squirrels have indeed made a home and started a family in your upper story, call a professional humane wildlife removal company to capture and relocate them.

3. Moldy Bathroom

Mold can grow anywhere that water leaks and wood stays wet, and mold spores released in the air can cause serious health problems. Check the wall behind bathtub fixtures and under the bathroom sink for a musty smell and the presence of fungus colonies. Depending on the severity of the damage, you may have to replace the rotten wood, as well as repair any leaky plumbing.

4. Squishy Potatoes

The strength of odor that emanates from a single rotten potato is surprising. The chemicals emitted are not just stinky, they actually are somewhat hazardous to human health. Get a flashlight and check the dark corners of your pantry for any tubers that quietly rolled away after your last shopping trip and are now putrefying.

If you spend a lot of time inside your house, you are probably so accustomed to the stench that you no longer notice it. This phenomenon is called desensitization, and it is your brain's way of coping with sensory information it encounters every day. However, you owe it to your guests to find the source of the unpleasant odor in your home and remove its source.

15 comments:

  1. I'll have to closely check my bathroom because there have been leaks but haven't detected a moldy smell.

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  2. We have squirrels in our attic! We have been here for two years and our first year here we had one to die in the attic! Couldn't stand going down the hall or use the bathroom. I out fresh ground coffee in filters and set them around! Guess what!?! It worked wonders.

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  3. There is a smell in my kitchen that I can't locate it. It may be a potato that rolled under something. Thanks for the info!

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  4. That is something I always try to avoid.

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  5. The rotten potato smell is the absolute worst!

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  6. My mom had a bad smell in her bathrooom, come to find out it was because of an old water leak!

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  7. I have spent too much time searching for bad smells!

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  8. So helpful. I hate when you can't find the source of bad smells. So annoying! Lol

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  9. Thanks for the tips. Living with a bad smell that you can't locate is no fun.

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  10. Thank you. I have come across a few of these from time to time.

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  11. We smelled a bad smell in the garage and thought it was a dead rodent but it turned out to be spoiled milk that has spilled onto rug. We had to throw the rug away.

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  13. I never thought of wet spots in the yard being caused by leaking sewer pipes.

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