Foul Smell in the House

I've had a terrible smell in my master bathroom and closet for almost 3 months, and at first I thought it smelled like sewage. The smell kept getting worse, primarily in the closet so I steam cleaned the carpet (only place in that area that is carpeted), but it made no change. It was horrible over the weekend - would make you gag, but almost went away on Monday.


The smell came back by Wednesday so I had plumbers out to run a smoke test. They re-set the toilet, even though there was no smell in the water closet. It made no change. Since then we have flushed the AC unit, had the roof checked and checked the attic. There is no smell in there. The smell changed from a sewage smell to a pungent musky smell and primarily stayed in the closet and bathroom but you could also smell it in an adjacent hallway and even in the garage.

My parents came over and was certain in smelled like a dead mouse in the wall. I called exterminators and they agreed it was a dead smell, and assured me that it would fade over two weeks.

We did a full exclusion service last year. We did find an area where an AC hose enters the brick that was chewed up. We fixed it and sealed the gap. That was 2 months ago and since the smell gets better and worse. The odd thing is that in the last couple of weeks the musky smell has returned to a sewage/trash type smell and has intensified. Also, although it pretty much stays in the closet/bathroom area it still "moves". Last week it was in the garage, and today it's even by the toilet (water closet).


It's driving me insane to have to deal with this stinch! Odor eliminators don't even touch the smell. We're clean people and it disgusts me to think of something rotting behind my walls. But then, dead things don't move. Suggestions on where to go from here?

By Stacie D

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April 18, 20150 found this helpful
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I have had this smell too, it is a dead animal, probably a mouse. I had it in another house in the kitchen but luckily enough I found the body, in the bottom of an old toaster! We also had it about 4 months ago in my daughters bedroom, I stripped the place and searched everywhere but never found the body, it took about 4 weeks for the smell to fade and then I completely redecorated.

Yesterday the smell appeared in my downstairs bathroom, which is small and very clean. I removed everything, steam cleaned it, put bleach in every opening.


The smell is much worse this morning, even with the door closed it has pervaded into the hallway. I am just hoping it too will fade.

The very first time this happened I called out the exterminators and they put down poison that kills the mice and it dries the bodies out in a way that does not leave a smell. I guess now I need to get them out again to rid the house of the little critters completely, because everytime one dies this is going to happen. Good luck and I smell your smell!

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August 19, 20140 found this helpful

I'm having almost the exact same issue. Help!

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August 19, 20140 found this helpful

How awful. I don't have a suggestion or even a guess of what it could be but you sure have my sympathy.

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September 7, 20140 found this helpful

I am ALSO having this same issue! Has been going on for about 3 weeks now. Here, it smells like really STRONG Parmesan cheese. In the beginning I was certain it was a mess from cats in the house. Like the previous poster, the odor moves from room to room. It has mostly been in the kitchen and sometimes it can be smelled in the adjacent living room.


Tonight I can smell it strongly from my "office" just off of the master bedroom. It's enough to make me gag. Who does a person call?? I will be following this thread and hope yours is better by now. Oh yeah. My second thought was the septic tank was overflowing; had it pumped, not the issue. :(

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February 26, 20150 found this helpful

I am also having the same issue. Has anyone found an answer yet? I don't even know who to call about it. Please, I'd love some advice!

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March 28, 20150 found this helpful

Same problem here. Please let me know if you find anything out.

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January 21, 20180 found this helpful
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I also have a sewage odour in my house. I believe it could be a cracked drainage pipe in the bathroom. My husband temporarily repairs it with tape instead of fixing the poor.


I believe the gases are backing up. The smell is driving me to go to a motel or even to divorce my husband who uses tape to fix everything

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October 16, 20150 found this helpful

I have had this problem for seven years...then it will go away and come back again. The smell is horrible. Has a raw sewege. .dead smell to it. I think i finally know what it is. Everytime i would start smelling this smell it seemed to correspond to a skunk getting under our house. Well i started smelling it 3 days ago. Went out to check..and sure enough, a fresh skunk hole. Heres what i think it is...skunk feces mixed with that all too familiar skunk oder. That wld explain why the smell moves around, i think its where ever that thing poops. OR it could possibly be the skunk giving birth and emitting a musky odor while they do it! I hope this helps someone...

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