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Date: 6/18/07 1:03 AM

OK, all you would be dectective, help me figure out why my sewing room smells so bad.

A couple of weeks ago I went downstairs (basement) to my sewing room to put away my latest acquisitions. I pulled open the accordian fold door and was hit with an obnoxious stench. The smell is sort of hard to describe but our best guess is "dead animal". The wall is concrete (against dirt), framed with 2x4's and paneling has been stapled over the 2x4's. The ceiling is that white tile stuff resting on a metal frame work. The kind of ceiling you see in offices. Behind and above the concrete wall is a dirt area.

My husband has popped up the ceiling tiles and looked between all the 2x4's. Our best guess had been a mole fell down between the stud and died. Nothing. He can't see anything amiss and it still stinks! He's been up in the attic even. We're at a loss to explain this and, if it is "dead animal" why don't we have flies buzzing around. But if it's not "dead animal" what could it be? The room has a floor drain but it's not connect to the sanitary sewer-it drains to the creek. We popped the lid on it and the stench is not coming from it.

Has anyone else every had a similar experience? Anyone have any ideas? I can't use my sewing room which is a PITA. I can't even stand to be in the room long enough to iron a shirt!

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Jan

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Date: 6/18/07 1:46 AM

Oh dear.
I haven't any useful advice but I do feel very sorry for you. If it is a dead animal, and if you never do locate it, then the smell will eventually go. I have no idea how long it takes to stop smelling though - haven't watched enough crime shows obviously.

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Date: 6/18/07 7:39 AM

((HUGS))
We dealt with this last year. We had a momma bird build a nest deep in a vent above our masterbath that she had accessed from outside. Her baby birds died in the nest, and it smelled HORRIBLE for over a month; not only in our 1st story room, but also upstairs in dd's bedroom. We left windows opened, liberally powdered carpets with carpet fresh, and kept LOTS of air freshners around--the cone type, the squirt every 15 min type-- you name it.
I feel for you--eventually it WILL go away. (Oh and it took awhile for the flies to start--and that stage didn't last too long thank goodness!)

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Date: 6/18/07 10:25 AM

We had a rodent die under our furnace last winter. It does go away, but takes a while.

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Date: 6/18/07 10:47 AM

This might not help, but a rotting potato can actually smell like a dead animal. If you have stored potatoes, it could be that one escaped and "died" on its own.

Good luck, I hate weird smells.

Mary

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Date: 6/18/07 1:09 PM

I get dead animals under my house every other year. It's impossible to find someone for any price to come out and get it. So now I have a uniform that I suit up in and crawl under and get it myself. Gross!

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Date: 6/18/07 2:08 PM

We get a "dead animal" smell every winter, but I think it's really a sewer smell. If the trap (that S-shaped pipe) dries out, the sewer gases can back up into the room. The fix is easy - run the water long enough to fill up the pipe. Since you have a drain down there, why not pour a bucket or two of water down it just to make sure it's not the source. Couldn't hurt!

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Date: 6/18/07 2:14 PM

Well if it the drain like Irene suggests - also put a tablespoon of cooking oil after the water. Years ago our builder told us that would keep any "sewer gas" odors away. (we had a septic system - never had problems) As for dead animals, we had a mouse die in the house a time or two. Totally gross!!! If you can't find the critter it does eventually go away - not pleasant waiting for that to happen.

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Date: 6/18/07 2:20 PM

This is so frustrating.

It sounds like you have eliminated all possibilities except for the deceased animal theory.

Do you have a "critter getter" type service in your area? You might give them a call to see if they can help or recommend someone who can.

If that fails, you may have to try Sherril's method (ghost busters attire)!


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Date: 6/18/07 3:11 PM

I think IreneQ is on to something. Several years ago we started getting a foul odor upstairs. I thought mold was growing in our HVAC ductwork, since that was where I finally tracked the odor.

I brought in a HVAC guy to give us an estimate in replacing the ductwork (the house was only 16 years old at that time!). We went into the attic and he immediately said he knew what the problem was. The condensation from the A/C was draining into a tube that was routed into the sewer gas vent pipes in the attic. (this is the little black pipe that sticks up out of your roof...) Uummm.....I think this goes against all building codes, but the local building codes was a real joke at the time in history that this house was guilt. (you could push a ten-year-old child through the former deck's slats...but I digress.)

The A/C condensation drainage had clogged up the sewer vent pipe (it was gross to look at, use your own imagination) and when the A/C came on it had a sort of "backdraft" effect of the sewer gases into that condensation hose and then into the ductwork. OMG It's a miracle nobody was sick.

Needless to say, it was ALL replaced and done right.

Check your A/C supply, condensation drain, etc. You said the drain in the floor only runs out to the back yard but . . . you never know . . .

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