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Don’t ignore these 7 smells in your house

It’s great to open the windows and smell the fresh air of spring. But if you’re opening the windows and buying air fresheners to get rid of these odors, you may need some help from AmeriSpec home inspections.

Our friends at the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) say you need to pay attention to these seven smells.

Rotten eggs: Natural gas is odorless, so in order to make it detectable the chemical mercaptan is added, which creates that classic “rotten egg” odor. If you smell gas you could be in danger of a gas leak, which could cause fire or an explosion.

Mustiness: A musty, pungent odor is a sign of mold. You could have a leaky sink or broken pipe that’s letting it grow in dark, damp spots. AmeriSpec Omaha and Lincoln can help you find those spots with an InstaScope mold and air quality assessment.

Waste treatment plant: If you’ve cleaned the bathroom and it still smells like it’s dirty, you might have a sewer gas leak. Or the vent pipe that routes sewer gas out of your house might be clogged or broken.  If you suspect that’s the case, call AmeriSpec or a plumber to investigate.

Smoke where there’s no fire: Smelling smoke only when you turn on a certain light or use a particular appliance could be a sign of an electrical fire.

Wet pets: It smells like a dirty, wet dog in your house — but you’ve never had a dog. It could be rodents, raccoons or squirrels in your attic. Call Pest Solutions 365 at 402-334-2847 in Omaha or 402-328-2847 in Lincoln for an inspection.

Old smoke: The cigarette smoke from previous homeowners can linger for a long time. If you’ve bought a house from a smoker and still smell smoke, it might be best for you and your family to have your house professionally cleaned. Not only are you breathing that old smoke, but your children are picking it up by rolling on the carpet or touching walls and putting their fingers in their mouths.

New car smell: The fresh coat of paint you’ve put on the walls contains volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Because VOCs can cause health problems that range from throat irritation and headache to central nervous system damage and cancer, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, buy low- or no-VOC paint brands and ventilate during and after painting.


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