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Question DetailsAsked on 1/4/2016

Foul smell in storage room in the basement

We recently moved into our new home - new to us, but it was built in 1980.
There a storage room in the basement - we keep our holiday decorations there, all in plastic tubs.
For the past couple of days, I noticed there's a foul smell coming from that room. The room does not have any vents. Its a small room, has concrete floor and drywall.
I took out everything and smelled the bins and boxes - nothing unusual. Then I smelled around the room, and it looks like the smell is concentrated towards the bottom of the wall, almost at the floor.
The room is dry and I didn't notice anything leaking. We've had a spell of warm weather here in D.C. area for the past couple of days, I noticed the smell after that. For now, it's only in that storage room, but I'm afraid it's getting stronger and spreading to the rest of the basement.
I don't know who to call to have them come check out, and if there's anything I can do myself to more accurately find and remove the source of smell?


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Here are some previous similar questions with answers/thoughts which might help - sometimes it comes down to going room to room taping plastic sheeting over doors and windows to limit airflow (overnight works well - obviously with any person sleeping in another room when testing that room), to see if the smell concentrates in that room. Ditto to sink / vanity and tub and toilet - wrap in plastic to let odors accumulate some hours (being careful of infant access to plastic sheeting - suffocation hazard) and see if the smell builds up in one of those areas.

Who else to call, is the below don't tie down a source - handyman to sniff around and open small holes in walls/ceilings to smell and look with fiber optic scope, or a Home Inspector - some of them enjoy doing that sort of investigation.

If I had to hazard a guess out of the blue, I would guess fungal growth or mold in the walls from water leaking through the foundation or up through the joint around the basement slab. Or if it smells meaty or greasy or gag-in-the-throat overripe garbagy, possibly a dead animal in the walls.

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