What’s That Smell? Finding & Eradicating Annoying Odors in the Home or Office

You might be skeptical that you could have a smelly home and not notice; many people often believe that their home is perfectly clean, and if they can’t smell anything, then it must be okay.

Oddly enough, a perfectly clean home can still house odd smells that persist, and you may not even realize it.

“Nose blindness,” as the phenomenon is called, isn’t clear until you have the chance to leave your home and come back, getting a whiff of whatever foul smell has invaded your home. Here are the biggest questions people have when it comes to these hidden smells.

Where Can the Smell Be Coming From?

There’s an assumption that regular house cleaning will eliminate the chance of any foul smell developing. While keeping a clean house and regularly taking out the trash certainly reduces the likelihood of bad smells persisting, it doesn’t stop all odors in their tracks.

In addition to common culprits such as a trash can or garbage disposal, some of the most common areas where smells can persist include:

The kitchen and bathroom could be relatively straightforward since it’s pretty easy to grasp that mildew in the shower or lingering cooking smells can lead to unpleasant odors.

However, your plumbing could be leaking gas or not enough water in the traps at the sink, which could be causing unpleasant smells. Additionally, failing to account for appliances like the garbage disposal when you’re cleaning can lead to nasty smells seeping into your home without realizing it.

How Can I Get Rid of the Smell?

The way to get rid of the smell depends mostly on its source. Plumbing issues should be repaired – for the sake of safety and smell – but you can also use a bit of baking soda for smelly garbage cans and refrigerators. Vinegar solutions can help with minimizing the impact of mildew and lingering cooking smells.

When Should I Call a Professional?

If you’ve tried to get rid of your home’s smell and have tried everything, it’s worth talking to a professional about deodorization services. Experts have had to deal with persistent odors in the past and advise on how best to handle issues that continue despite your best efforts. In extreme cases, they can also offer services to fix the problem so you can spend more time relaxing at home.

To find out more about deodorization services or talk with an expert, contact ServiceMaster Restore today!

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