4 Causes of Bad Smells in the Home

What’s that smell? If you’ve noticed a strange odor hanging around your home, the problem may be more serious than just a trash can that needs to be changed. Some of the most common unpleasant smells that homeowners report and their causes include:

  1. Rotten egg odors. If you’re smelling rotten eggs in your home, you may be dealing with a dangerous gas leak. Many manufacturers of propane and natural gas include a chemical that produces a distinct and unpleasant smell that when exposed to air is supposed to bother you and alert you to a leak. Call your local HVAC company as soon as possible, as many types of gases can have serious health effects if inhaled.
  2. A fishy smell. If you aren’t cooking up salmon or tuna for dinner, fishy smells usually indicate that you’re in need of a heater replacement in Gloucester County. The wires and plastic components in your heater can burn and melt when exposed to high heat, producing an odor that many describe as “fishy” or “urine-like.” Give your HVAC service provider a call as soon as possible to prevent further damage.
  3. Bad animal smells. If you smell animal waste in your home, it’s possible that a critter has entered your home to find shelter from the winter weather and created a nest in your ventilation system. HVAC experts have reported finding everything from bats to possums in Pennsylvania residents’ heating systems. Clean up your pet’s litter box and dander and throw out all garbage before calling a heating professional.
  4. A musky odor. A musky smell, especially one that is centralized in the bathroom or kitchen, is typically a sign of mold. Grout mold can usually be handled independently with over-the-counter grout cleaning solutions, while larger projects may require the assistance of a mold cleanup company.

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