We all know the impact of a bad smell, and when you are in the process of renovating your interiors, or you’ve just moved into a new property, there could be some strange smells lurking around. It’s important at this point to make sure that you identify the source of these smells, just to make sure that it’s not indicative of a more significant problem that could affect you down the line. So, what smells should you keep your “nose” out for?
What’s That Smell? Dirty Dog
What It Could Be: Rodents
Unless it’s your dirty dog, it could be rodents in your attic. If you’ve got a rodent or rat problem, getting rid of rats can be a very straightforward process. Be warned if you’ve got a rat infestation, especially if you’re finding rat feces everywhere, make sure that you call a pest control expert to make sure that everything is removed safely.
What’s That Smell? Gross Bathroom
What It Could Be: Sewer Gas Leak
Unless you’ve got an unsavory housemate, there could be a potential sewer gas leak, this contains toxic chemicals such as hydrogen sulfide, as well as methane. Beware if you’ve got a bathroom but isn’t used very often as this could be the root cause. A bathroom that’s not used regularly could make the water under a sink or shower to evaporate causing odors to come through.
What’s That Smell? Fresh Paint
What It Could Be: VOCs
Volatile Organic Compounds, or VOCs for short, can cause health problems from throat irritation, all the way through to nervous system damage. If you’ve decided to redecorate the walls, be sure to purchase brands that don’t contain VOCs. And be sure to ventilate your home properly after any paint job.
What’s That Smell? Old Cigarettes
What It Could Be: Third-Hand Smoke
While we are all aware of the impact of second-hand smoke, there have been more concerns emerging recently about third-hand smoke. This is particularly common in places that used to allow smoking indoors, such as hotels and rental properties. Third-hand smoke is where the particles associated with tobacco have made their way onto surfaces and have settled into them. There are at least 11 carcinogens associated with this, and the best defense against this is to thoroughly clean every nook and cranny where smokers have been previously.
What’s That Smell? Gas
What It Could Be: Gas!
Gas is naturally odorless, so a chemical known as mercaptan is added. If you smell gas, you need to leave the house immediately and avoid using any electrical appliances. If you create one small spark, and the gas has been leaking for some time, there could be disaster afoot.
It’s most definitely a cause for concern if you spot any of these strange smells, but it’s always best to call a professional should you have any grave concerns. You shouldn’t be a hero when it comes to trying to locate the source of a gas leak or picking up rat droppings. Use your senses, specifically your nose!