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Control and Remove Odor in Your Home

Written by A. Borrelli Mechanical on 07.21.21

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There are many possible reasons why an unpleasant smell lingers in your house. Some odors can even be dangerous and can indicate potential long-term health issues. Each odor needs to be tackled differently to ensure effective removal. 

Sewer Odors

The smell of sewage can often come from drains in the bathroom and kitchen. This odor is particularly common in unused bathrooms. This is because drains have a U-shaped pipe near the bottom that holds water, which if left unused, can eventually evaporate and lead to a sewer gas smell in your home. Even if you don’t use the sink regularly, it’s best to run water down the drain at least weekly. 

If you smell sewer gas in or around your house, it could also be a sign of crack or leakage in your sewer system. A broken sewer line can also cause rodent and insect infestation. Rats, cockroaches, flies, and other insects can make their way from the swear system into your house much more easily when there is a broken sewer. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms of a damaged sewer line, have a qualified professional inspect your property.

Carpet Odors

Carpet and rug odors can be caused by several things, including pet urine, bacteria, food or human waste, excess moisture, high humidity levels, and even mold. In any case, hiring a trained carpet cleaning service is the best way to go. Keep in mind that hard surface flooring underneath the carpet is also vulnerable to odors and should be treated just as delicately and as the carpet itself. 

Our sister company, Duraclean, uses a patented foam absorption process that eliminates over-wetting and damage to fibers and fabrics. 

Musty Odor

If your home has suffered water damage or has high humidity, a musty odor is likely due to mold. Mold thrives in damp, warm, places such as showers, windows, air conditioning and heating vents, and basements. This can cause health problems for you and your family, especially if someone in the household has respiratory issues like asthma or allergies. Look for obvious signs of mold growth in damp and dark places around your house. But please note that mold may be hidden behind walls and inside air ducts. 

We recommend contacting a professional mold remediation company, such as Duraclean, to inspect, test, and protect the area in question. Once the area is protected, removal could be as simple as hand sanding or as complex as media lasting. Whatever the procedure, the air within the contained area will be consistently exchanged and cleansed through air scrubbing machines utilizing triple heap filtration.

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