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Question DetailsAsked on 8/30/2016

odor in only 1 bedroom closet (adjacant to wall with washer/dryer, more prominent on rainy day, smells like a dead

animal, could it be a glue they used on putting cedar on walls, electrical panel box is also in closet, could it be something inside there or a sealant they used, entrance to crawl is also in this closet but when you open door there is no smell coming from there.

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Sorry I did not see your question when first posted - but if still pertinent, here is a link to another similar question with a bunch of links to responses to that issue -

Coucl be a glue used on the closet cedar lining - check if nailed or glued, and if you stick your nose up close to the top or bottom of the lining yuou should be able to tell if much stronger there than in any adjacent/backing area.

Electrical panel - sniffing around close to it (use small diameter cardboard tube as extension if afraid to get your face up close and personal) - around outside and at open door to it, should tell you if coming from there. Electrical panel smells are usually described as being plasticy, burnt plastic or rubber, or acrid chemical odors.

Could also be leakage in the wall from the piping/drain line from the washer - could use a fiber optic camera (rent for $20-40/day at Home Depot, tool rental places, some auto parts stores) - takes about a 1/2" hole for the fiber optic probe to go into the wall, so you have a bit of drywall patching and painting to do afterwards.

Could also be a dead animal in the walls that crawled up from the crawlspace (would have to open up a small hole to sniff at) - or could be a dead animal or nest in the attic overhead ?

Also, if bathroom oerhead, could be a water leak from there down in the wall or ceiling, causing odor in closet.

Also sniff everything in closet - to be sure there is not a leak rotting stuff on top shelf, or that some plasticy or fake leather or similar clothing item is not degrading with age, which can give off a real noxious smell.

Because you say more prominent on rainy days, that would lead one to believe it is something that is not constantly wet, so only smells strong when it dampens - so certainly an overhead leak from attic (or possible overlying window) or rot in the framing sound like viable possibilities. Also possibly sewer smell from the washer drain pipe allowing gases out when the air pressure is lower (like during rains).

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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