02:41PM | 05/30/05
Member Since: 05/29/05
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A smell has developed as you walk in my front door it smells like cat spray. I do not have a cat and am the original owner of this house. Cats have never entered this house. Sometimes it is present and sometimes not. It seems to come when it is nice and sunny out.I cannot figure it out. I had my hallway painted a few months ago. It couldnt be the paint could it? It is in the bathroom area. i have had mice or rodentd die in the wall in that bathroom but this is not that smell. That smell eventually goes away... if anyone has any ideas please help. Who do you call to check this out. Is there a smell busters. I am a very smell oriented person and only like the smell of fresh clean house.Only help would be appreciated.


Jim D

12:59AM | 05/31/05
Member Since: 01/06/01
342 lifetime posts
CRSIBS - hi, this certainly sounds strange. If I'm reading your post correctly, the smell is strongest near the bathroom although you can detect the odor when you walk in your front door. At first I was thinking the neighborhood outdoor cats were using the area next to your front door as their restroom. Two thoughts come to mind...

1. Is there a crawl space under the house that the neighborhood cats are accessing? Maybe they're in there looking for more mice or rodents and are using the area as a restroom.

2. Are you noticing any problems with your plumbing? Do you detect any sewer-type smell coming up through the sink or the tub/shower drains? Do you have a rarely-used washtub/utility sink close by? Maybe a drain trap has gone dry, or a pipe has cracked/lost its seal and is letting the sewer smell come back up through the pipes.

These are just a couple easy things to check out. I don't think it'd be the paint as the cat spray smell is very much like ammonia and I've never run across paint with that smell.

I hope this is helpful to you. Please post back with other details - especially if you can localize it further or after you've checked out the things I've suggested. Good luck! Jim D/West Point, VA
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