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Question DetailsAsked on 2/27/2016

My house smell like skunk at every night but not outside

It dont smell outside but only inside the house
It smells like skunk
It is mostly every night

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If you have a Heat Pump System for heating,that could be the source. It is usually described as "dirty socks syndrone", if it is that, call your HVAC contractor.


Answered 4 years ago by BayAreaAC


As BayAreaAC says, dirty sock syndrome is a possibility. Also, if furnace or heat pump is running only at night, a slipping drive belt could also cause it, as could anything plastic or rubber overheating at the unit - either at compressor/condensor or in the air handler/secondary heating element area as applicable. Sniff around cautiously - should be pretty easy to tie down if at furnace or heat pump, or coming through the air ducts. Also, especially in daytime occurrences, figure out if happening when furnace or heat pump is on.

Of course, could also be a skunk catching a snooze (or nesting) in your HVAC system, crawlspace, woodpile, etc and the smell is concentrating in your house, but not strong enough to smell outside. Skunks generally don't smell very strong when walking around if they have not sprayed recently - I have come almost right up (close enough to really be spooked by it) to them from downwind without smelling them.

If not up to sniffing around, call an Animal Removal company to come see if they think it is skunk smell - or to check out likely skunk hiding places so you know it is clear to smell around for other possible sources of smell.

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Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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