Strange Smell In Your Home? Trust Your Nose
Don’t dismiss your concerns as over-reaction . . .
Your nose is most likely telling you something important. Our sense of smell developed as a crucial survival tool for our hunter-gatherer ancestors. Some “super-smellers” can even sense an incredible one part per million! If you’re smelling rotten eggs, chemicals or mold, a call to a San Diego plumbing service with cross county experience may be in order.
Have you noticed any of these odors recently?
- Stale or “funny” smell in the house: The seven pounds of dead skin cells every adult sheds each year creates a feeding ground for dust mites. As tiny as they are, dust mites still defecate, and that waste starts to smell. Frequent vacuuming, carpet and drapery cleaning removes decaying skin and the colonies of critters that feed on it.
- Moldy, Musty Smell: Old wallpaper can have mold growing behind it. Wet wood from an undetected slab leak or poor drainage outside can also create an environment for mold in closets and other closed off areas.
- Sewage or rotten egg smell: The smell of rotten eggs indicates a sewer gas leak. Call a plumber immediately as the hydrogen sulfide can begin to diminish your sense of smell while poisoning you. Signs of sewer gas poisoning include: dizziness, nausea, headache and loss of consciousness. Leave the premises immediately.
- Gas Smell: Natural gas has its own distinctive smell. While you know well enough not to light a match, you also must not turn on home lights, start a car engine or use a telephone, all of which could create a spark. You need to leave the home immediately and call San Diego Gas and Electric at 1-800-411-7343. Calling 911 is also an option.
- Chemical Smell: This is a tough one because many household chemicals like benzene, formaldehyde and ethylene glycol have no odor or not enough for many to detect. Nevertheless, those who smell a chemical odor should suspect new kitchen or bathroom cabinets (composite wood products), carpets, upholstery, vinyl flooring and paint. The harmful effects are debated and you can easily find out the risks and benefits of these materials online.
- Dead animal smell: This is our most straight-forward detective work. San Diego’s legions of mice, rats and yes, even snakes do die in the walls from time to time. The smell generally rises quickly and subsides in a few days.
New homes built with energy savings in mind tend to be air tight, giving the new homeowner a boost in odor detection capabilities. Respond to odors of rotten eggs and natural gas immediately by leaving the area and calling the appropriate authority. The other smells listed here carry less risk.
By all means, never feel self-conscious about an unusual home odor. With over 35 years experience exploring San Diego homes, Perry Plumbing technicians have smelled them all! We’ve even fixed the strangest smells in our own homes. Don’t live with annoying odors another minute when you can call us at 619-472-2112. You can also get plumbing service discounts and coupons to get the problem checked out quickly and affordably. Join us on Facebook and Google Plus to get the plumbing tips to keep your home safe.