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Coalds

06:15PM | 06/13/05
Member Since: 06/12/05
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The home I have just purchased was built in 1966. The entire plumbing system has been done, copper plumbing added. I live in Arizona, hot, hot, and then hot. Not a lot of rain. I do have a septic system. When I open my front door after coming in from work, I smell septic, and a musty odor. I have purchased enough air freshner's to buy Glade Corporation!

I have been in this home for two weeks. The former owner states he does need to get the septic certified, but is having trouble finding someone with a backhoe who "digs that deep". Interesting . . .

I daily flush all three tiolets, and run water in both bathtubs to make sure a flap isn't drying out. I wash clothes once to twice a week. There is no leaks, or signs of any past leaks that I can find, and a home inspection did occur.

When I bought the home, the musty smell was in here, but having the air conditioner turned off, and the house shut up for almost a month, well, I figured was the reason for the musty smell. Now I have some septic smell. There is no backup in the tiolets or bath tubs.

Any suggestions? Any possibility of mold smelling like this?

Thank you. I'm a health care professional, and am also concerned with my clothing smelling like, well . . . uck. My patients don't need to smell that! I will have guests here in about two weeks, and would like to have this stink gone.

I appreciate any help that is offered.

Thank you,

Donna

Donna

tomh

08:26PM | 06/13/05
Member Since: 07/01/03
550 lifetime posts
First place I would check is your air conditioning. You use a swamp cooler rather than refrigerant AC right? Be sure the filters are all cleaned and for that matter, be sure the ducts are cleaned out. This may or may not be the answer, but its the leading cause of musty, even septic like odors in your area. The fiber pads break down and grow algae and mold. This can result in odors of decay and rot. If you have not completely disinfected that unit, do it now....well, wait till early morning or evening, the sun is brutal there.

tom

Coalds

03:59AM | 06/14/05
Member Since: 06/12/05
3 lifetime posts
Thank you Tom. I will look into that, and handle it this weekend, if not before!

I will double check with the previous owner regarding the ducts last cleaning!

Donna

Donna

tomh

08:06AM | 06/14/05
Member Since: 07/01/03
550 lifetime posts
Take a look at this link for maintenance tips on your cooler. The pads will need to be replaced and the unit cleaned out, with particular attention to the water reservoir and any demister sections. Chemicals can be added to retard biological growths and eliminate odors. These links also show you are not alone with this problem.

http://www.kennspenns.com/cooling/cooler~maintenance.html

http://www.waycoolfans.com/html/cleaning.html

http://www.thinkzincanode.com/article.cfm

I include this link because it has a good illustratio of how your cooler works and the general location of parts:

http://www.consumerenergycenter.org/homeandwork/homes/inside/heatandcool/evaporative_coolers.html

Coalds

06:57PM | 06/16/05
Member Since: 06/12/05
3 lifetime posts
Thanks Tom;

I do have an electric air conditioner. Sorry about that confusion! The system is only one year old.

I still have the septic odor. I have had the realtor that sold me the home in here, and he can "barely" smell it, and two friends who also stated they can "barely" smell it. UHM . . . must be me.

I do make sure the tiolets are flushed (all three) daily. In the addition that was added, I cannot have the tiolet flush when the tub is draining, otherwise; it flushes fine.

I was also told there is a citrus additive I can flush that may help take care of the odor. Suggestions??

Thank you again,

Donna
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