Question Of The Day

Have you ever had to search to find out where an awful smell was coming from-in your car, home, etc? Tell us your most gruesome stories.

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12 Responses to Question Of The Day

  1. Jason says:

    We had a mouse get into the drain that evacuates any water from our basement and it couldn’t get out so it died. It must have came in from where it daylights out in the yard. I was in the basement on my hands and knees trying to find out where the smell was coming from, I fig it out when my nose was 3 inches from the cover. I ended up pouring some water in it to fill the trap in the pipe and it stopped the smell from getting in the house.

  2. Jenny says:

    We had a not so pleasant smell in our bathroom when we came back from vacation last week. There was a dead mouse in the trap underneath the bathroom sink & cupboard area. Jason said it was even stuck to the floor…ISH!!! I could smell it right away when I walked in there. Ugh I hate mice. They are so gross.

  3. SKL says:

    I am sure I have had this experience, but exact details escape me.

    Sometimes we have a nasty smell when we return from being away for a while, and it turns out that someone put food in the in-sink disposer and didn’t bother to wash it down the drain.

    We had horrific skunk smell in our basement for about a month once. Found out later that it had died after a cat fight – I found its skin/hair the next year, between the patio and the foundation. Ick. This was way worse than the smell we get from time to time from a skunk visiting. But I never went looking for the source of that smell. I could tell it was skunk from a mile away. BLECH!

  4. mssc54 says:

    Not in the our home.

    HOWEVER, part of my work involves removing offensive odors from Cooper customer’s homes. Just how gruesome do you want this to be? Rodents are real easy. How about the guy who seemed died in his recliner but wasn’t found for almost a week (he had air conditioning). Or the REALLY bad one about the old lady who lived in the projects during one of the very hot summers. She had no aircondirioning and apparently died at night (she had all of her doors and windows closed). It was a single story brick building and her unit was on the end. I had to park across the street and smelled the decomposition when I opened the door of my van. Flies were actually beating their heads on the window screens trying to get into the building! And THAT was the easy part!! (I honestly feel a little nauseas now just remembering that job).

    • Joy says:

      Uh!!!!! I had a hard time just reading that. I don’t even want to think about it.

    • Jenny says:

      That is disgusting! Just awful….

    • SKL says:

      There was a serial rapist/killer in these parts who was recently found out. He kept some of the bodies in his house. He lived near a sausage factory and the neighbors would periodically raise hell about the stink coming from the sausage factory. Poor sausage guy would insist that it wasn’t his factory that stunk, that someone should look into whether there was a dead body in a house. Nobody listened to the sausage guy, unfortunately.

    • Laura says:

      MSSC… I knew a coroner once, who told us how they dealt with the smell: Vick’s Vapo Rub. Don’t know if you knew that trick, but there ya go. You keep it in your kit, and when you know you’re going to be dealing with decomp, ring the inside of your nostrils (just the skin, mind you, not all the way up) with it. Apparently, it cuts WAY down on the nasty.

      • mssc54 says:

        Well in fairness to other commentors, mine was not in my house and I should therefore be disqualified. Lol And btw I didn’t go into the clean up details.

        I use a chemiclwe respirator Laura. I don’t want those fumes getting in my body regardless of how they are masked!

  5. Sue says:

    I have nothing compared to MSSC! We just have dead stinky mice once in awhile. Like Jenny’s, they are under the cabinet. Little bastards!

  6. Laura says:

    In our first house, we had a smell for quite a while. We knew it was some sort of musk. Sometimes it smelled like skunk, other times it was just musk. After a bunch of investigation, we discovered that something had been living under our front porch. We never did find out what it was… at different times, we suspected skunk, possum, and raccoon. When we finally discovered the ‘lair’, we cleaned it out and filled it in with rock and dirt.

  7. Nikki says:

    I just have the boring ol’ mouse story and there’s nothing exciting about that! We never did find it, but the smell went away.

    Our laundry room was smelling nasty-mildew and musky smell. Come to find out our hot water heater was leaking and water had puddled behind it. Nothing crazy like Mssc! I’m sick thinking about his stories!

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