Foul Smell in Home

My home is clean, the trash is taken out, no dirty dishes, and I haven't cooked anything today. About a hour ago this foul smell filled up the entire house. I've checked all bathrooms and sinks to make sure that nothing was backed up and everything looked OK. I can't even describe what it smells like. I have no inside animals. This has been happened for about a week. It was so bad on Sunday that the smell woke me up and I sleep with a full face mask hooked up to a CPAP machine, but I could still smell it. I've done smell checks on all the kids. It is horrible. I have Crohn's so I smell things to the extreme, it's like I have the nose of a pregnant woman. I'll take any suggestions. I have hardwood floors, central air and heat, and all my air and water filters have just been changed.


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September 2, 20160 found this helpful
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It may be the pipes or something backed up in it. Or it could be a dead mice somewhere perhaps in the basement or garage , they die in weird places, if the foul odor doesn't go away you may have to call a plumber, good luck

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June 24, 20150 found this helpful

The super-smeller! My mom has that. Being a single apartment dweller, I tend to "tune out" smells, but boy she'll let me know if the garbage needs to be taken out.

Considering you're so clean by necessity, I'm guessing: dead animal. Something got in your walls or crawlspace and died. First, try to rule out the crawlspace. If nothing comes up, unfortunately you're going to have to call around to ac/heating professionals and find out who does this kind of thing.

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June 25, 20150 found this helpful

Agree with Abigail-could be a dead animal. The big problem with trapped and dead animals is during the body decay process, the decaying liquids soak into the surrounding wood, fiberboard, dry wall and other building construction. When this happens it is almost impossible to completely remove the smell from the surrounding area.


The immediate first step is to call a professional pest removal service to locate the smell and, if an animal, remove it as soon as possible to avoid more of the decay liquids soaking into the house. The service can try to spray the area to reduce or stop the smell but there is no guarantee that the smell will be completely erradicated. You may have to live with the smell for awhile (weeks or more), until the process naturally fades away.

My husband is a biologist so I am very familiar with animals and the impact of their choice of hideaways. Keep in mind that animals do not know that they may be choosing a human house for a home. After all, we invade their territory and, in doing so, we may end up with a problem that is not the fault of the animal

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June 25, 20150 found this helpful

Do you have natural gas heat? Could there be a leak in a gas line? I'm guessing not, as this is very dangerous, and would likely have already led to an explosion.


But, perhaps not. You might not have gas, and still have a leak coming through the soil into your home. Natural gas smells like rotten eggs.

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June 25, 20150 found this helpful

A clarification for natural gas-it is a colorless and odorless gas used to heat homes. Natural gas companies add the chemical mercaptan that smells like rotten eggs so any problems and leaks can be immediately tracked and repaired. Natural gas emitting from soil has no odor.

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June 25, 20150 found this helpful

That's a good point though. If you're not sure, have the gas company come out and check, for your peace of mind. It's a scary thought.

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April 13, 20160 found this helpful

Try to smell your TV router

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