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jusjules72

06:51PM | 09/12/06
Member Since: 09/11/06
1 lifetime posts
Bvplumbing
We just bought a 3 yr old house that was vacant for 2-3 months. There is a sweet smelling almost damp odor on the main level and in the partially exposed basement. We have septic and well, which we're not familiar with-maybe that's our problem? I've had two plumbers out already to try and detect the source of this annoying odor. The first one didn't even smell it and the other one found a 1/4 inch crack in a vent pipe but he wasn't certain that would cause that much odor anyhow. The crack was sealed but we're still left with a damp smelling house. I'm lost on where to turn to next. We've been running a dehumidifier in the basement since the day we moved in, we've extended the vent stack on the roof to enhance the venting, checking for dry traps, etc. Does anyone have any suggestions for us?? Thanks.

fugazi48

08:06AM | 09/13/06
Member Since: 03/08/06
192 lifetime posts
I don't know what would cause an odor, but I would make sure your CO detectors are in good working order. I think CO may cause a weird taste in your mouth but you can't smell it.

There is always the chance that something died in the walls, not too uncommon. Animals may get in during construction and get trapped.

Sylvan

01:07PM | 09/13/06
Member Since: 01/24/06
1548 lifetime posts
Me_office1
A crack in a vent line can be more serious then a leaking waste pipe.

If one crack was found the plumber should do either a smoke test or an oil of peppermint test..

All the trap seals should be replenished to make sure no sewer fumes are entering the structure and the fresh air inlet and vent terminals should be checked to make sure there are no obstructions.

The main house trap if applicable should be checked and cleaned out and the covers are on tight,

Also run the water especially the hot water as standing water can cause a whole host of bacteria to incubate in the hot water tank and stagnant water in domestic water supply lines can also cause smells

Sylvan

01:21PM | 09/13/06
Member Since: 01/24/06
1548 lifetime posts
Me_office1
Again you prove how little you know

"I don't know what would cause an odor, but I would make sure your CO detectors are in good working order. I think CO may cause a weird taste in your mouth but you can't smell it."

Sylvan

01:28PM | 09/13/06
Member Since: 01/24/06
1548 lifetime posts
Me_office1
Mr. Fugasi

Again you prove how little you know. I can see why you do not hire anyone as most people do make a lot more then you are capable of earning seeing the inept advice you are showing here

"I don't know what would cause an odor, but I would make sure your CO detectors are in good working order. I think CO may cause a weird taste in your mouth but you can't smell it."

Billhart

06:07PM | 09/13/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
1916 lifetime posts
There are other potential sources of your order.

Mold/Mildew is one. Just because you are runing a dehumidifer does not mean anything.

What is the humidity levels in the house and in the basement?

What for signs of moisture. It can be from ground moisture, roof/siding/window leaks, or plumbing leaks.

PS while CO is orderless it comes from imcomplete combustion. And depending on the source it can include other comubsiton byproducts that do smell.


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