Latest Discussions : Basement & Foundation

madmee

03:48AM | 05/23/07
Member Since: 05/22/07
1 lifetime posts
We purchased our four-year old house last year. It has an unfinished basement w/a concrete floor. When we are down there doing something after a bit of time we detect a strange odor, sort of similar to antifreeze or air from a tire. It does not smell like gas or dead animal. We cannot locate the source of the odor, nor pin the location down - it seems to be in several areas, including on the stairs. Note that we do NOT smell the odor until we have been in the basement for a bit of time, our activity seems to "stir it up". We do have a sump pit, but we cannot detect anything there, and a septic. Thanks for any help!!!

KingVolcano

04:45AM | 05/25/07
Member Since: 03/03/05
273 lifetime posts
If the odor is a gas, and is heavier than the air, it will settle to the floor and will stir-up with movement. Any unknown odors should be taken seriously and be tested. Don't take any chances. It should only cost you a few hundred dollars for an inspection and lab test.

You never know what it could be.

Example:

We tested air in a basement that had a foul odor. Due to the circumstances, it was determined that rain water was channeled in from the backyard where the home owners buried two of their pets. Decomposition was the cause of the odor.

This was the first time we ever encountered such and issue and I hope the last.


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