At California State Restoration, many problems in the home can often begin with odors. Luckily, in many cases our customers used these as warning signs to avoid more serious issues in their immediate future.
Here are 5 main smells that you should be aware of so that if you ever smell them, be ready to call us here at California State Restoration because we are truly a 24/7 emergency company where you will always get a human being on the phone with the sole mission of helping you.
Some people describe this as the smell of death, and they’re right—a mouse or some other small animal likely has died inside your home. One solution is to find and remove the corpse, and that’s often easier said than done—there’s a good chance that it is in a hard-to-reach spot inside your walls, ceiling or floor.
This usually signals mold or mildew, which could become a big problem for both your home and your health if not quickly remedied. Meanwhile, search these rooms for water leaks. Look behind refrigerators and under sinks for wet spots. Visit the room during the next hard rain to look for visible leaks. Go down to the basement, crawl space or room directly beneath this musty room to look for evidence of water leaks there, too—those could point to leaks that are hard to spot in the room above.
A fresh coat of paint, a new piece of pressed-board furniture or a new carpet can off-gas volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are not just unpleasant to smell but also unhealthy to breathe. When possible, remove new pressed-wood furniture and carpeting from its packaging and let it air out in your garage for at least an hour, and preferably overnight, before bringing it into your home. If that isn’t feasible, open all the windows in the room and run fans to circulate the air for at least an hour and as long as a full day. That method also works when you are painting interior walls.
This sometimes is confused with the rotten-egg smell, but it’s less “eggy” and more like the smell of an outhouse or a portable toilet. It probably is coming from a drain. Use your nose to determine which one—it could be the drain of a toilet, sink, tub or shower.
A rotten-egg smell might be a potentially dangerous natural gas leak. Get everyone out of the house—leaving the door and windows open so that some gas can escape—and call your gas company immediately to report the problem and request further instructions. Natural gas itself is odorless, but a sulfur-like rotten-egg smell is added so that leaks will be detected. If a faint rotten-egg smell occurs only when your hot water is running, however, it’s probably not a gas leak at all but rather a small amount of odorous sulfur in the water. Sometimes you or a plumber can solve this problem by shutting off the water line leading to the water heater, using a hose to drain the tank, then refilling the tank.
Serving Napa, Marin, and Sonoma Counties with 24/7 Emergency Services, California State Restoration Services in Santa Rosa, CA performs every aspect of disaster restoration. For all your water, fire, storm, and mold damage needs, as well as for sewage and biohazard cleanups, California State Restoration Services is a one-stop company that is known for quality work and a professional approach to everything we do. We have grown steadily over the years because we make customer service a #1 priority and are always looking for solutions that are viable and affordable.
Sources: Wikipedia, DIY News and CNN
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We called California State Restoration about a water leak in our upstairs bathroom and a crew showed up that same night to extract the water and set up drying equipment.
They were professional, helpful, and reassuring. They took the time to explain what needed to be done and why, then walked me through the estimate for the clean up and repairs step by step.
Also worked with my insurance no problem. If anything ever happens again I'm definitely calling these guys.