Sniff, Sniff! Why You Need to Get That Bad Odour Out of Your House and How to Do It!


Helena Landers, Negosentro |  “Can you smell what the Rock is cooking?”

This was the signature entry statement for Dwayne Johnson – The Rock – when he was a pro wrestler in WWE.

Smell is one of the key bodily senses.

But nothing is as uncomfortable as having a bad smell in the house. Apart from being a nuisance, bad odour can also make one to have health complications like:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Hoarseness
  • Cough
  • Palpitations
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Drowsiness
  • Mood changes

Causes of bad odours in the house can be due to:

  • Dead animal – Small animals like rats, squirrels and opossum would rather die inside the house and in the most inaccessible places. Needless to say, the bad odour can literally drive one nuts!
  • Alarm backup battery, especially after being charged over the years, may rapture slightly and emit some sulphuric acid, which really stinks!
  • Smoke – Either from a fire or a bad cooking experience
  • Pet odour– Ether from the bodily odour or from their number ones and twos.
  • Excessive cigarette use – Most permeable items and wall paddings will absorb cigarette smoke.
  • Burning electrical wires – Boulden brothers advises that whenever there is a “fishy” smell and there is no fish in the house, check your electrical components. Electrical shielding and plastics usually emit a fishy smell when they are burning.
  • Gas leaks – A rotten eggs smell is a pointer to a possible gas leak in the house.
  • Mold – Mold will usually give a musty smell.
  • Sewage – Dried P-traps allow noxious sewer gases to get inside the house.

What to do about odours

For simple odours, most people will sniff around and identify the cause without much of a problem. Basic remedies like keeping windows open, observing basic hygiene, and usage of agents like vinegar and lemon juice when cleaning may suffice in some cases.

But the science of identifying and eliminating odours can be a tricky thing and therefore, for some odours, you needs to get a professional odour remediation specialist to check it out. advises that in smoke odour removal, for instance:

  • Hard surfaces can be washed with mild soap and water solution.
  • Other cleaning products may be needed to eliminate all the smell, especially in enclosed spaces such as drawers or cabinet shelves.
  • Soft surfaces are cleaned with carbon based deodorizing agents that neutralize smells. This is especially in rooms that have been damaged by excessive cigarette use.

The issue is not to rush to clear the house of the smell. It is important to detect the source of the smell before making a decision on the most appropriate removal technique.

The rule of thumb to gauge the professionalism of your odour removal specialist; find out whether he or she does an assessment first and tries to find the root cause of the smell before working on it removal.

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