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Funky Smells in the Home? Common Causes, and Their Solutions

January 29, 2014

We want our homes to feed the senses, but only in the right ways. We’d like to be able to walk into our home and feel refreshed, re-energized, and at peace – just by inhaling deeply and being offered a smell that we enjoy! However, this doesn’t always happen. Sometimes, our homes work against us: they smell, and we can’t quite figure out why. But fear no more! Below, we’re going to take a look at some of the most common causes of a stinky home, and their solutions.

Poor Ventilation

Humans are living in your home. There is food being cooked. There may be an animal running around the place. All of these things will leave a trail of smells behind them. In most cases, they’ll disappear without any action necessary. But if there’s nowhere for the smells to go, then they might linger around – and build on top of one another. Having a source of ventilation in the home is important. If things are beginning to smell a little bit musty, crack open a window and let that fresh air clear away the smells.

Walls and Carpet

There’s a reason why a new home smells differently from an old home: they haven’t had time to absorb any smells yet. Believe it or not, the walls and carpet in our are responsible for a big chunk of the smells in our home. Why? Because they absorb all the smells that pass through the home. It’s only small, but multiply it by years, and your home essentials will be a mish-mash of scents that can no longer be identified. Give your carpets and walls a deep clean, and rid them of the smells that are causing issues in your home.

In the Drains

Think of everything that passes through your drains, and it’s clear to understand how they could be the cause of a rotten smelling house. It’s easy enough for a blockage to form; after all, there’s a lot of hair, rotting food, and other disposables that pass through there. And if the drain has a problem, then it could quickly turn smelly. If you suspect that this is the cause of your issue, then hire drain specialists to take a look and resolve the issue. As soon as your drains are clean, you should notice the bad smells beginning to disappear!

There’s Something Behind the Walls

Alright, we don’t want to alarm you, but might there be something behind the walls? Creatures large and small (though usually small) can often find themselves in some pretty strange places, including behind the walls of our home. If it can’t get out, then it dies, and then it begins to smell! If the smell is localized, maybe check to see that no decomposing furry animal needs to be removed.

On top of Cleaning

Finally, remember the golden one rule: staying on top of cleaning! If you do, you’ll be able to prevent the build-up of grime and dirt that can contribute to a bad smell.

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