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What’s That Smell Wafting Through Your Home?

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Our houses can be filled to the brim with all kinds of different smells, thanks to everything we own and everything that goes on in our homes throughout the day. However, sometimes a bad smell crops up, and one we’ve never really smelt before; when this happens, it’s only natural to panic. 

After all, where is this smell coming from? What does it mean? And do you need to evacuate as soon as possible? These thoughts can race through our heads, and often, they’re not helpful! So, in the interest of ensuring you’ve got something to work with when a bad smell crops up, here’s a little guide to the most common ones within the home. 

Is There an Eggy Smell?

Quite a few people have smelt rotten eggs in their homes during their time, and simply thrown out the eggs in their kitchen and thought nothing more of it. However, if you can smell rotten eggs, even when eliminating potential sources, there’s a good chance you’ve got a gas leak on your hands. 

You’re going to want to call your gas supplier straight away if you smell rotten eggs, which is what sulfur smells of, and get them out as soon as possible.

You might also want to contact a plumber and ask them to check your anode rod, to ensure your water heater is still behaving correctly. 

Is There a Fishy Smell?

A fishy smell, that obviously isn’t fish and you’ve already cleaned the bins out, could be an indicator that there’s something wrong with the electrics in your walls. The plastic of the wires could be wearing out, and whilst some may also smell rotten eggs during this time, this problem can also emit a low fishy smell too. 

If you can pin down the problem to one power outlet in your house, or you know one of your power switches is behaving a little weirdly, it’s time to turn off the breaker in your home and call an electrician. Delaying could potentially lead to a fire. 

Is There a Burnt Smell? 

If you can smell burning in your home, and you’ve already checked the kitchen to make sure it’s not the stove or the toaster, there’s a good chance it’s coming from the heating systems and/or air vents in your home. 

You might need to call someone out to see to your boiler, and it’s important to do so as soon as possible. Similarly, if you have an air conditioner in your home, the smelly problem could lie with it as well.

Dirty filters can be quite harmful to your AC’s health, and your air conditioning might need repairing if you leave a filter on for too long or simply open the windows to let the burnt smelling air out. 

It’s important to identify weird smells in your home as soon as they occur, to ensure they’re not something serious. So keep the above tips in mind when following your nose. 


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