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What’s that Smell? Four Scents That Could Mean Danger

Bad smells can come from a number of sources in your home.

Bad smells can come from a number of sources in your home.

Do you detect a rotten egg smell, or something even worse, in or around your home? Some scents found inside your home or on your property can be signs to serious issues such as gas leaks, sewer backups, mould growth, and other hazards. We look at four scents, what they could mean, and how our Fort McMurray property restoration company can help with restoration and cleanup services.


What Makes Natural Gas so Stinky?

Did you know that natural gas is actually odourless? If you detect a rotten egg smell in and around your home, it could be a chemical called mercaptan; this agent is added to natural gas to detect gas leaks. If you suspect that you have a gas leak, do not attempt to turn off any valves, ignite any appliances or turn on light switches. Instead, leave your property immediately and call your gas company. After the gas leak has been taken care of, contact a property restoration team to attend to any lingering gas odour with proper biohazard cleanup.


The Most Unpleasant Odour of Them All

Almost as bad as leaving your used gym socks to sit on your bedroom floor for a month, sewage is an extremely unpleasant odour that can emanate from your sinks, toilets, bathtub, or outside your home. If you detect such a stench it could indicate that you have a sewage leak. Besides that unpleasant smell, other signs of sewage seepage include:

  • Sound of running water in your pipes
  • Wet or damp floors
  • Rat infestation
  • Heightened water bill
  • Increase in grass growth around septic system
  • Puddles around septic system

If you smell sewage, make sure to contact your septic provider or a plumber as well as a restoration service for efficient sewage cleanup.


The Damp Truth

While it can be faint, mould and mildew can give off a musty, earthy smell similar to that of rotten wood or an old, damp cloth. When inhaled, some mould spores can cause respiratory ailments and other health problems. If you detect toxic mould in your home caused by water damage, leaks, or other symptoms, call a biohazard restoration expert. This expert team will handle any mould removal and cleanup and water damage restoration to prevent mould from growing.


Where there’s Smoke Doesn’t Always Mean Fire

People that smell smoke or a burning smell in their homes automatically assume that fire is the cause. And for the most part, that is true. However, there are some other reasons why the smell of smoke or burning may permeate your home. If you smell smoke but don’t detect a flame, check your HVAC system, appliances, or electrical circuits/outlets/wires for any sign of damage and contact an electrician or other specialist if repairs are needed. Take note, if you smell smoke coming from your fireplace make sure to have your chimney inspected for signs of creosote buildup.

If you’ve experienced smoke damage, contact our fire restoration company for immediate smoke cleanup and remediation services.


Learn about the dangers of electrical fires by reading Energy Safety: How Powerful is Your Power.


Proserve DKI is Fort McMurray’s most trusted property restoration company for emergency remediation and cleanup services. If you’ve experienced a gas, sewer or water leak or damage from fire, smoke, mould or other hazards, call us at 1-780-791-3663 for 24-7, 365-day emergency disaster relief.