Rotten Egg Smell and Other House Smells You Should Be Concerned About

What if a bad smell meant your family’s lives were in danger?

It’s easy to dismiss random foul smells as no big concern. However, things like a rotten egg smell may be a sign of a gas leak or other major dangers.

Want to know which smells you should be concerned about? Keep reading to discover the answer!

Rotten Egg Smell

As we mentioned earlier, the smell of rotten eggs is actually a sign of danger. It means that your home may be experiencing a leak of sewer gas or natural gas.

The reason behind this smell is simple: by itself, natural gas has no real smell. That would mean you would have no way of detecting it until it’s too late.

Because of these, utility companies put mercaptan into the system so that the gas has a telltale “rotten egg” smell. The more intense the smell, the worse the gas leak.

As soon as you detect this smell, it’s important to get your family out of the house. Every extra second in the house puts everyone in more danger!

Musty Smell

You may be accustomed to musty smells in certain parts of the home or at certain times (like after taking a shower in a small bathroom). But if you detect a musty smell in other areas or at other times, it’s a warning sign of something serious.

The musty smell means that you most likely have mold in your pipes. And mold can cause major breathing problems, especially if someone in your family already suffers from asthma or allergies.

It can be tough to detect mold in your pipes. If your water smells or tasty moldy, though, you may be experiencing one or more of these water issues.

Rotten Animal Smell

One of the nastiest problems you may encounter as a homeowner is dealing with a dead animal. Unfortunately, many people do not know how to identify what a rotting animal smells like.

The scent can best be described as “sickly sweet.” This is because as the tissues decompose, the corpse produces methane, sulfur dioxide, and other types of gases.

You may not think there could be a dead animal because there is nowhere for an animal to get stuck. However, it’s very common for small animals like rats and mice to get stuck in areas that you cannot easily access.

It’s worth getting a pro to check out the nooks and crannies of your home and remove any of the dead animals they may find.

Nasty Bathroom Smell

Everyone knows how nasty a bathroom can smell. But we expect that smell to be limited to the bathroom. And, with any luck, the bathroom only smells like this at certain times.

However, if the whole house has a nasty bathroom smell that isn’t going away, you have a problem on your hands. It means that sewer gas is most likely leaking into your house.

If it’s coming from a bathroom you don’t use very often, you may be able to fix this issue on your own. Pouring a cup of water into the bathroom drain will replace the evaporated water that was helping to block the smell of sewage.

Keep in mind that if this doesn’t fix the problem, you’ll need to have some pros check out your pipes.

Fishy Smell

The smell of fish is familiar to everyone. Generally speaking, it’s an unpleasant smell (hence the common phrase that something “smells fishy” if it is wrong in some way).

If your home smells fishy and you haven’t been eating fish, then you likely have a problem. It means that you have an electrical component somewhere in the house that has recently been burned.

You can typically identify the problem by looking around for burned outlets or other electrical components. And you can help avoid this problem in the future by moving plastic away from heating sources throughout your home.

Smoky Smell

A smokey smell in your house is never a good sign. Unless you’ve burned something while cooking, smoke may be a warning of something very severe.

Unexpected and sudden smoke is a sign that you should leave the house right away. It means that there may be an electric fire or other serious problem that is best left to the fire department.

Small, occasional whiffs of smoke can still be a danger. If you smell something whenever you turn on a light, it could also be a sign of an electrical problem. It’s best to fix this before it turns into a house fire.

Dirty Dog Smell

Even if you don’t own a dog, you should know what a dirty dog smells like. But if your pet-free home has that “dirty dog” smell, it means you might have an animal problem and not even know it.

That smell indicates that you have squirrels, raccoons, or rodents somewhere in the house–probably in your attic. These unwanted roommates are especially dangerous because their droppings could lead to things like ringworm infections of your family members.

Because the animal feces are so dangerous, you should call an expert to remove them.

Old Cigarette Smell

There is something especially nasty about an old cigarette smell. But what if you detect this smell and nobody in your house smokes?

That’s most likely a sign that someone who previously lived in the house was a regular smoker. And now, that smell may have settled into the walls and carpets of your home.

Science is still researching the exact dangers of this “thirdhand” smoke. But regular contact with these carcinogens could pose a cancer risk to you, your spouse, and your children.

The good news is that deep cleaning of the affected areas can remove the smell for good.

Your Next Move

Now you know the danger of the rotten egg smell and other sketchy scents. But do you know how to deal with other housing issues as they pop up?

We specialize in helping people buy, sell, and take care of their homes. To see how we can keep your home safe every day, check out our Homeowners’ Advice section today!

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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