:I have an L-style ranch, with the kitchen/dining/living room
area that has
: an open floor plan. For the last few days, as soon as you walk
: outside (opens into this open area), there is a fairly strong
: smells like it could be cleaner of some sort, or nail polish,
oil, etc. We
: have our oil furnace/burner in the kitchen (that's how they did
it up her in
: MA in the 50's I guess), so we had the oil service guys come
out last night
: to make sure it wasn't an exhaust problem. They didn't see a
: the exhaust or anything with the oil burner. He smelled it
: couldn't put his finger on what it was.
: We have checked for any cleaners that may have spilled or even
to try and
: locate the origin of the smell without any luck. Problem is,
once you are
: in the house for a bit, you must get adjusted to the smell,
because it is
: harder to notice.
: The only thing new for appliances that we have, are we just got
: weeks ago a new entertainment center and tv, doesn't smell
: there or anything that we notice.
: I also ran the garbage disposal for a while to make sure
: possibly was left in there was flushed out.
: Any ideas on how you normally go about finding this or who to
As someone already mentioned, try going right to different areas
as soon as you come in the house and see if you can narrow it
down that way.
The entertainment center's obviously a possibility.
How about the garbage storage? I had a similar issue once, a
sort of sweet, pleasant but sort of oily smell that turned out to
be the garbage <g>. In our case it was obvious though as soon as
you opened it up.
Try closing off rooms to at least eliminate rooms?
Could it be a new cleaner being used, or a new plug-in air
freshener, someting like that? Laundry freshener?
No idea who to call for such a thing. Let us know what you
How about covering the enertainment center, various areas, with a
plastic cover when you go out, and check under the plastic when
you get back?
Just brainstorming a bit