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Common Causes of Home Odor

Common Causes of Home Odor

Common Causes of Home Odor
Living in your home over an extended period of time makes you very familiar with the way it's supposed to smell. If you're experiencing a strange odor in your home and can't find the source, here are some of the possible causes.

Living in your home over an extended period of time makes you very familiar with the way it's supposed to smell. If you're experiencing a strange odor in your home and can't find the source, here are some of the possible causes.

The kitchen - The kitchen ranks highly among possible culprits of strange smells due to food waste in garbage disposals, trash cans, and even in the refrigerator. Clean the sink screen (if you have one) daily, and don't let food waste sit in the trash for several days at a time. Cleaning out your fridge every week or so to eliminate the smell of wasting food, and if you've prepared a dish that resulted in oil splatter during cooking, traces of those spills can bring unpleasant smells. Clean splattered areas with a lemon or other counter-safe cleaning solution.

The bathroom - Next to kitchens, bathrooms should be one of the cleanest and most odor-free rooms in the home. Besides the obvious regular cleaning of sinks, toilets, counters and floors with an anti-bacterial cleaning solution, mold or mildew can build up due to improper exhausting of steam from showers, leading to stale scents and health problems. Use a mold and mildew remover and scrub brush or cloth at least monthly on the shower and tub, and leave the fan running for 30 minutes after taking a steamy shower to reduce the moisture that causes mildew growth.

The living room and bedroom areas - Do you have pets? Is there a smoker in the house? These scents have a tendency to embed themselves in furniture, rugs and other living spaces of a home, with certain breeds of animals contributing stronger scents than others, and smoking in the house causing smells that are very difficult to get rid of. Professional carpet and upholstery cleaning, and cleaning floors, walls and ceilings with a suitable cleaning solution can be a big help.

But if you detect a smell that's not a reflection of pets or a smoker, it should prompt investigation. Mold from moisture or water damage not properly attended to not only adds a dank or musty odor, but some mold strains can be quite harmful, as well. You'll want to make sure any smells you can't identify have been sourced and evaluated to make sure the air quality of your home is healthy.

Water and smoke damage - If you've had the unfortunate experience of your home being devastated by water damage from a flood, or any type of fire or smoke damage, it's important to start remediation immediately following the event. Experts in odor removal are invaluable in properly ridding the home of unwanted smells, and water damage and smoke damage remediation are not something you can expect a do-it-yourself job to take care of in any kind of complete way.

Trying to resolve household odors with scented candles won't give you the long-lasting results you want. If you're having issues with persistent odors you can't figure out, consider having a professional damage restoration company completely clean and deodorize your home. Experts will are able to locate the source of the odor, and permanently eliminate it. If you need help in the Portland area, Willamette Restoration Services in Portland can be reached at (971) 252-3003.

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