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Please help - I have a bad smell in my house, and I don't know why!!

Started 1285031026.917 in Viewpoints | Last reply 1285265973.577 by Nooks

Arrgghhh! I need CSI help!

We live in a newish condo (have for 5 years) and have never had this issue before! As soon as you come in, there's a bad smell - it was here a few weeks ago, went away, and now it's back all of a sudden. It smells like cat litter that needs changed. :(

I'm almost positive it's not coming from the next condo, and I was sure something had crawled in (like a mouse) and died. Hubby checked all over the basement - you don't smell it down there, just near the door, and upstairs, mostly in our son's room. We've looked all over - he's only 7, doesn't eat up there, etc. so I know it's not a moldy piece of pizza under his bead. LOL

Any suggestions of where to look?? Or what to do?? We've looked everywhere, and I'm at my wit's end. :( Of course, I could 'fix' this with candles, room freshener etc. but I don't want to just slap a bandaid on it. And my house is always clean - I constantly clean, dust, clean the bathrooms, etc. so it's not that.

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librarianj­en1285031088.362573 PostsRegistered 11/5/2006

As I said, it's strongest at the front of the house - right when you come in the door. Grrrr.

MyGirlsMom1285031289.65333422 PostsRegistered 12/5/2008

Do you have any type of crawl space under your house? Some type of small animal may have crawled under there and died. What about mold?

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gidgetgoes­hawaiian1285031321.55310273 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
Long shot guess, but are your potatoes rotten? Rotten potatoes smell horrible.

curlywhite­dog1285031369.9476537 PostsRegistered 6/2/2005Central NJ

librarianjen:

It could be a mouse that died in between the walls, just because you can't see it or find it doesn't necessarily mean it didn't find it's way to someplace inaccessible. I live in a fairly wooded area and we sometimes have that problem in the winter months. It's awful, I know it is, but it normally fades out in a week, give or take.

Sometimes masking the smell is the best you can do...in time the smell will fade on it's own but until it does, air freshners should do the trick.

Maria

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hennypenny12850314076101 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I had a rat die inside the wall. it stunk for over a week. We had a Pest control fellow come out and check. He knew immediately what it was. He said that I would have to just wait til it decomposed. I kept windows open and waited. It was awful. As long as you know the neighbors are all healthy and alive I would guess that some critter crawled in and died.

ng1285031451.311162 PostsRegistered 11/23/2007Sunny Southern California

Sorry to say it, but a critter may have died in one of your walls.

Ireland1285031475.923504 PostsRegistered 4/28/2007

Maybe a mouse or something died inside the wall?

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Jupiter1285031501.695243 PostsRegistered 10/25/2008Florida

Do you have carpets in your house? If you do, I would sprinkle baking soda all over the carpets and leave it there for 24 hours or so. Then, just vacuum it up and it should remove anything that might be in the carpets. Sometimes, that is where smells come from. Smile

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librarianj­en1285031514.4672573 PostsRegistered 11/5/2006

Thanks all!! No potatoes, and I'm not sure about a crawl space. But we are having our kitchen floor replaced next week, and I'll ask them about that, as well as checking out any openings, etc.

I guess that's good, though, if it is a mouse in between the walls, or some such, that it would fade over time.

Thanks again!

gg~1285031564.1432848 PostsRegistered 7/29/2010: with the band O;-)

something dead. Check in the soffit and the porch wall behind the light.

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7 of 91285031657.33916 PostsRegistered 11/26/2006Motor City
On 9/20/2010 inez_ said:

something dead. Check in the soffit and the porch wall behind the light.

Got someone's cat marking your front door? If it smells like dirty cat litter....

truthteir1285031746.64947 PostsRegistered 7/22/2010

What about where your sewer line comes into the house?

Idacat1285031861.944707 PostsRegistered 7/26/2005Idaho !!!!

Most likely is that a critter did die in your walls or maybe in your roof if not your crawlspace.

Have you checked with the neighbors in adjoining units? Maybe youdo need CSI (JK), but you need to check with them.

When we first moved permanently into this house I kept smelling something horrid in the kitchen. After weeks of this and checking under cabinets, etc. I opened a drawer just beside the fridge one night and there was a bag of frozen vegetables that had fallen out of the freezer and into the drawer and had been in there decomposing for heaven knows how long. There was nothing solid left in the unopened bag,and it was swollen,,,,,,,,,,,,

kaybee1285031996.3778436 PostsRegistered 7/3/2006Wisconsin

We had a garter snake in the flower bed outside our backdoor last summer and I couldn't believe how "pithy" it smelled. I didn't know they could smell like that!

Depending on where the OP lives...it might just happen to be that time of year. Mice come in from the cold and wet. I've put out Decon twice already.



mima1285032077.32714515 PostsRegistered 10/19/2004KS

Dirty cat litter and a dead animal do not smell the same, so I'm confused.

Mima

kaybee1285032219.598436 PostsRegistered 7/3/2006Wisconsin
On 9/20/2010 mima said:

Dirty cat litter and a dead animal do not smell the same, so I'm confused.

Her dirty cat litter description is what reminded me of that garter snake because that is EXACTLY what it smelled like on our backporch when it was there. Ugh, it was gross.



~bunny~1285032332.529850 PostsRegistered 5/17/2010

My money is on a mouse. A dead one.

bunny can't wait for Spring!

PurpleBunny1285032357.59739232 PostsRegistered 2/27/2008The Couch

In our case ... it always turns out to be a meat package accidentally left in the trash.

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mima1285032373.7514515 PostsRegistered 10/19/2004KS
On 9/20/2010 kaybee said:
On 9/20/2010 mima said:

Dirty cat litter and a dead animal do not smell the same, so I'm confused.

Her dirty cat litter description is what reminded me of that garter snake because that is EXACTLY what it smelled like on our backporch when it was there. Ugh, it was gross.

I have smelled a dirty litter box but not a dead garter snake, so I guess that is why I was confused. LOL

Mima

hopi1285032520.48310937 PostsRegistered 11/26/2006

It could be sewer gas backing up through the drains

mima1285032565.04714515 PostsRegistered 10/19/2004KS

If it is a cat/dog smell it could be UNDER the carpet or in the pad or wood floor. That smell will be concealed visually, but it will still be there for the nose.

A dead animal would be in the walls or under the floor. My MIL actually found a dead mouse family (babies) behind her double light switch. After looking everywhere for the smell she took the plate off and there was some baby mice. Gross!

Mima

crdlb1285032676.93713162 PostsRegistered 6/24/2009So. Cal.

Could your son be hiding a pet from you? Dead or alive?

notneutral1285032750.541320 PostsRegistered 12/3/2004

The fact that it comes and goes makes me think about stink pipes. {#emotions_dlg.crying} Air circulation is different in every house, and it could even be your neighbors blowing your way. Plumbers have a test that they can perform to check. I'm not sure about cat litter smell being similar to a dead animal, but of course that's a possibility. If you have a front loading washer that is used often, that could smell.It or any other source could be circulating toward the front door because of either a draft, or just the opening and closing draft.

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hopi1285032752.710937 PostsRegistered 11/26/2006
On 9/20/2010 hopi said:

It could be sewer gas backing up through the drains

It the smell goes away for a while and returns it something along that line

kaybee1285035127.4438436 PostsRegistered 7/3/2006Wisconsin
On 9/20/2010 mima said:
On 9/20/2010 kaybee said:
On 9/20/2010 mima said:

Dirty cat litter and a dead animal do not smell the same, so I'm confused.

Her dirty cat litter description is what reminded me of that garter snake because that is EXACTLY what it smelled like on our backporch when it was there. Ugh, it was gross.

I have smelled a dirty litter box but not a dead garter snake, so I guess that is why I was confused. LOL

It wasn't dead. Garter snakes will emit a foul odor when threatened. Similar in stench to cat spray. Gross.

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