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Question DetailsAsked on 8/29/2017

SKUNK SMELL COMING FROM MY SUMP PUMP ROOM

MY SUMP PUMP ROOM SMELLS LIKE SKUNK. I HAD THE GAS COMPANY OUT, TO RULE THAT OUT. IT WAS NOT A GAS LEAK. I POURED 2 8 GAL. BUCKETS OF WATER DOWN, AND THE PUMP IS WORKING. I DON'T SEE WHERE ANYTHING HAS BURROWED DOWN IN THE GROUND. WE HAVE HAD A LOT OF RAIN OVER THE PAST 2 WEEKS, AND WE HAVE HAD 2 STRONG SKUNK SPRAYS OVER THAT TIME PERIOD, BUT NOT IN THE LAST WEEK. HELP. IT IS MAKING MY WHOLE HOUSE STINK!!!!!

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Hmmm - I would smell the pump motor to be sure it is not burning insulation or plastic overheating you are sensing. Run the pump and see if the smell gets stronger or not. Also, dip up a paper cup of the water from BELOW the surface and check if that is the source.


If stinky water (stagnant) which can sometimes smell like a skunk, try a bit of lemon scented dish soap (teaspoon) like Mr Clean and a cup of vinegar in the sump and let sit for 15 minutes, then add about 5 gallons water slowly and let the pump remove that. (I would not leave the vinegar in there for a long time because of the risk of corroding pump mechanism).


A cup of borax powder (straight borax laundry powder, NOT the abrasive Boraxo soap) dissolved in hot water could also be tried - again, let sit for 15 minutes then flush out, because it is also somewhat acidic like vinegar.


If you think the smell is coming in with rainwater seeping underground to the sump, I would try vinegar and borax mixture (about two cups of each in 5 gallons of water per location) poured outside where the skunk sprayed, hoping it will follow the same path and reduce the odor.


And of course sniff around outside for sprays directly on the foundation or wall, going straight through to the sump room. Also look for any chewed or loose siding where a skunk might have gotten into the subflooring or wall - where it could be living.


Could also be in adjacent crawl space or shed or under porch or such and the odor is coming through the subflooring to the sump room.


All else fails - call an Animal Control technician - Animal Control is the Search the List category, to see if he can find a skunk hideout in/around your house.

Answered 1 year ago by LCD




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