On Tue, 26 Apr 2005 08:57:40 +0000,
firstname.lastname@example.org (theonyxguy) wrote:
:We own a 90 year old, 2.5 stry house that has been converted to a
:4-plex. About a week ago there was a strong smell of urine and
:seasoning in our kitchen. We thought it was a tenant cooking some
:kind of meat (sometimes meat smell like that). But since then, just
:the urine smell has been coming and going.
:Our unit is on the main floor, in the kitchen I had piping and drain
:installed about 1.5 years ago for our washer and dryer. The dryer
:doesn't vent outside. There are no washrooms in any of the other
:units on that side of the house except for ours.
:The smell seems strongest behind the stove which is right next to the
:drain for the washing machine. It's also where an old,
:non-functioning chimney stack is located.
:I was wondering if:
:a) could mold smell like that, from not having the dryer vented, even
:though we open windows and turn on a fan.
:b) moisture could smell like that, from possibly a leak in the roof
:running down the chimney
:c) could it be the drain from the washing machine, but shouldn't this
:smell more like sewage rather than urine. (There was a trap
:Any advice and/or ideas would be appreciated. :?
My guess would be that you have an animal or nest of animals going
there, probably under the house. I had that and had to basically scare
them out. It's a long time ago now, but in my case I think it was a
family of possums. There's various strategies depending on what species
you are host to. Loud music, but in my case I believe I put a container
of ammonia down there and the fumes freaked them out and they went bye
bye. Before doing that, I opened one entrance to the crawl space and was
very careful to seal all other entry to it. So, they had an out. Once I
was confident they were all out (I placed a layer of fine sand at the
one entrance/exit and watched for little critter prints), I closed off
the remaining access and to my knowledge have never had a similar