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lindsay
Smell in my house

Hi all, i will give a quikc background on my house. We bought my husbands grandmothers house 1960s rancher- she was the only one who has ever lived here.. but she rarely left the house and had pets that would urinate on the hard wood floor. 

when we moved in we put carpet down, painted the walls.. put in a whole new HVAC system. Everything is new! But my house still smells. I have had multple companies come out and try and tell me what the smell is, and its just an old must smell. Its not too noticable when we are home, because of cooking smells. But if we go away for a weekend and pack clothes our clothes smell, our bags smell.. Its driving me crazy!  I dont know where the smell is coming from and i feel like we have exhausted all options. We have been here 4 years, we open windows when its nice out.. I feel like we have tried everything and Im desperate to get rid of the smell.. 

Does anyone have any ideas on what it might be, or who i can contact to help determine where the smell is coming from? 

Thank you

HandyAndyInMtAiry
Re: Smell in my house

Lindsay,

A shot in the dark. How far does the first floor sit off the earth? Do you have a basement? Or a crawlspace? Do either of these have a dirt floor, or concrete floor? If dirt, then you need to ensure that you have a plastic vapor barrier over the dirt. On a stretch, you may have a drain line vent stack that is not venting properly. Check ever where under the house for a crack or a loose joint. You may want to perform a smoke test on the drain lines. Check for any and all moisture under the house. I kind of doubt the structure sits on a concrete slab.

You will never get the smell out of the wood. It should all be replaced. Putting padding and carpet over that will only cause the smell to fester and cause stronger oder.

Andrew

Handy Andy In Mt Airy NC

lindsay
Re: Smell in my house

Hi Andy,

Our house is on concrete. We have a basement. It is a 1960s rancher. 

I think our solution is tearing up the carpet and taking out hardwood underneath and checking sub floor. Its just such a big job and so much $. I wish there was a company that could determine the smell so we know what to do.

Thanks for the suggestions. 

HandyAndyInMtAiry
Re: Smell in my house

Lindsay,

It takes someone willing to take the time to investigate. There are very few people today that have the skills to do that. Mostly older folks that have been doing work on homes for many decades.

You did not mention what the smell actually smells like. That may help identify the source.

Andrew

Handy Andy In Mt Airy NC

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