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Sour smell in old house that come & goes

We have a 1930s house that we took down to the studs 10 years ago and put back together. Last winter we had a "fishy" smell in a little entry that sticks out of the house. I had to hang heavy blankets to try to keep the smell out of the rest of the house. Sometimes the smell comes back for a while. It is very strong, almost burns the nose. Doesn't seem to matter on the weather, can be hot/humid or rainy or dead of winter.

Now another "fishy" smell came last night at top of stairs. I can't quite put my nose on it, where it's coming from. It is very strong & offensive. Makes me want to move out! We have all hardwood floors. All old has been gutted out except between stairways going up & down stairs, this would be still the old lathe and plaster and possibly any old droppings that could've gotten between there. (When we took old walls apart they were filled 3-ft high with animal droppings and misc they had carried in.)

We have had lots of bats in our attic. I've heard that bats have a really bad smell. Don't know how to tell if it's something like this or where it's coming from. :(

Re: Sour smell in old house that come & goes

What make drywall did you use? At about the time you did your remodel there was some drywall that was causing mold. I believe it came from China. I hope that's not your problem. Most of it was found in Mississippi and Alabama after the storms. Not sure about this but I think there were some class actions suits on this.


Re: Sour smell in old house that come & goes

I recently learned that those class action suits are now settled, and the courts have set a specific time to file claims.

If your drywall was imported from China, don't wait, make your claim now. You can find out where and how by searching on google.

Re: Sour smell in old house that come & goes

I'm not sure if this helps but any chance it could be a dead bat or rodent? I recently came across this but it was more of a rotten meat smell rather than fishy.

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