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Old 30.11.2015, 15:09
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Have you seen all your neighbours recently? I hope one hasn't died a few weeks ago & no one has noticed.
I've smelt dead people, it's not that kind of smell. I know allllll the signs unfortunately
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Old 30.11.2015, 15:50
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Re: Establishing a bad smell

In the event that you can't find the source of the smell, I suggest adopting a dog. This won't help with the smell, but at least you'll have a guilty-looking culprit to blame it on.
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Old 30.11.2015, 15:58
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In the event that you can't find the source of the smell, I suggest adopting a dog. This won't help with the smell, but at least you'll have a guilty-looking culprit to blame it on.
The OP mentioned that she has a husband already.
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Re: Establishing a bad smell

Ja, sounds to me like a sewer u/bend that`s gone dry - somewhere in the vicinity of your apartment.

A friend of mine moved into a house that had been vacant quite a while, and thought she`d have to get a plumber in - until she found that under a kitchen counter was a large pipe that was emitting the smell. Flushing a few toilets and running water into all the basins/baths/shower fixed the problem.
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Old 30.11.2015, 17:06
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Re: Establishing a bad smell

My vote goes to: ghosts
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Old 30.11.2015, 17:48
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Put a large bucket of water down every drain in your apartment (got a second shower or washbasin that you don't use often). There is a section that should have water in it (the 'u' or 's bend) and if it dries out, the smell from the drains can come back up...
There might also be dried out drains in floors - we have one in our laundry/boiler room presumably to catch leaks from the washing machine.
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Old 30.11.2015, 20:59
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I've smelt dead people


My wife refuses to sleep in our bed, just because my nan died in it a few years back.


I'll have to move her when I get a chance.
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Old 30.11.2015, 21:01
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Re: Establishing a bad smell

I think it's the washing machine.

The smell is very strong right now and the machine is running. I put drain cleaner down the kitchen sink today because I thought it might that.

We're contacting the house people, you know those people you call when you have no idea what to do next... yeah them.
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Old 30.11.2015, 21:11
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Re: Establishing a bad smell

It might not be obvious, but that drain in the floor of the washing room might be dried out, and instead of water, pour a half teacup of cooking oil down the drain, this will not evaporate, and sitting in the "U bend" it maintains a good air seal.

Another overlooked item is the vent pipe. This goes from the basement right up to the roof. If this is blocked, then every time the WC is flushed, water goes into the sewer pipe and an equal volume of air leaves the sewer pipes and passes into the bathroom, leaving a smell. Sometimes the roof water run-off passes down through the vent pipe and into the sewer. So a bird's nest or leaves in the guttering, at the wrong place, could also block this pipe. Maybe ask the janitor if the gutters are clean?

After two years with variable smells, a friend found a bird's nest on top of the venting pipe outlet, on the roof. They removed it and the smells disappeared for the next two years!

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... those people you call when you have no idea what to do next... yeah them.
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I think it's the washing machine.

The smell is very strong right now and the machine is running. I put drain cleaner down the kitchen sink today because I thought it might that.

We're contacting the house people, you know those people you call when you have no idea what to do next... yeah them.
Have you opened and drained water out of the machine? At the bottom of machine is usually a little "door" behind which is a screw on/off big thing lid where left-over water lies, together with all the gunge left-over from washing - it has a sort-of filter that traps the gunge, that needs to be cleaned. This can also cause smells (old drain-pipe smell)
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Old 01.12.2015, 15:37
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Have you opened and drained water out of the machine? At the bottom of machine is usually a little "door" behind which is a screw on/off big thing lid where left-over water lies, together with all the gunge left-over from washing - it has a sort-of filter that traps the gunge, that needs to be cleaned. This can also cause smells (old drain-pipe smell)
I will try that.

We have someone coming tomorrow to check it out, hopefully they can find and correct the source of the smell - I'm starting to get that brain tumour feeling that I'm smelling it even when it's not there...
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