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jig

join:2001-01-05
Hacienda Heights, CA

bad smell under the house


anyone know of a good way to tell the difference between decomp, sewage, and a gas leak, as smelled coming from underneath a house??
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TheGiant
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join:2001-03-28
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poop, rot and sulfur, don't take chance on gas leak have someone check it.


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a dead animal will have a rotten smell to it,sewage will smell like 100 guys having a real bad gas attack 10 times over,a gas leak will be almost like a fragrance(sometimes a sharp smell to it). You might want get someone(maybe call the gas company or fire department or even a plumber) to check it out right away.You are having that smell now?


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Exactly.
Can't mistake a dead animal smell
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Lurch77
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If it is gas it will smell like rotten eggs (sulfur). Stick your head under the house to get a better whiff of it if you can. Don't take chances by putting it off.
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reply to jig
If you think it might be gas, call 911.


08034016
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said by jack b:

If you think it might be gas, call 911.
Call them or the Gas Company best bet.
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Don't I remember you having your own gas well? If your gas had a smell it likely still does. You should likely have a look under the house with a friend in case you need someone to call for help. Like others have suggested you may need a plumber with the proper equipment. Ask if they have it when you call.


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Just be safe and call 911. The fire department can rapidly determine if the fumes are flammable or not.


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said by Msradell:

Just be safe and call 911. The fire department can rapidly determine if the fumes are flammable or not.
The Only thing he needs to tell the 911 Operator is i think there's a Gas leak in his area.

That's all or have this happen to you?

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Assman

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reply to jig
said by jig:

anyone know of a good way to tell the difference between decomp, sewage, and a gas leak, as smelled coming from underneath a house??
Check out previous owners. Sounds like John Gacy's house .
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jig

join:2001-01-05
Hacienda Heights, CA
reply to jig
called the gas guys, they didn't dispatch for a couple hours, so i had to leave. guy who game by and left a tag seemed to indicate that he had sniffed around with the monitor and gotten nothing, so that leaves us with decomp or sewage.

our area is septic tank, but ours is way over on the other side of the house. this doesn't smell like portapotty... but that's about all i can say.

so, i think we're looking at decomp, and i don't know where it is or why. i'm surprised that whatever got in there couldn't get out. i suppose there is a chance that it was a gopher that got caught in this hard earth trench we have that houses the deep foundation (we're on a bit of a hill). i don't know how well they climb, or if they could climb/dig out of the trench.

so, who would you guys call to come search under your house for something really smelly? i could do it, but i'd rather pay someone else to do it. i'm too tall to go rummaging under the house.
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Zorack

join:2001-12-14
Fayetteville, WV
reply to jig
An exterminator,he usually takes care of dispatching an animal(rats,etc) and taking it's carcass away(call billy the exterminator!)

Bobcat79
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reply to jig
said by jig:

i'm surprised that whatever got in there couldn't get out.

Every animal has to die someplace, even if it's not stuck.

Look for animal removal companies, rather than an exterminator. Those companies have the resources and experience in tracking down the dead animals. Don't know of any in Calif, but here's an example of the type of company you want (and be sure to take a look at their photo gallery!):
• Main site - »www.247wildlife.com
• Dead animals gallery - »www.247wildlife.com/deadphotos.htm
• Dead opossum under house - »www.247wildlife.com/deadcrawl.htm


cowboyro
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reply to jig
Gas has a rotten cabbage smell. Turn on the gas for 5 seconds without lighting it and smell it - then compare with what you feel outside.
If you suspect a gas leak call the gas company at once and don't switch on/off any appliance or light before they confirm it is safe.


Msradell
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said by cowboyro:

Gas has a rotten cabbage smell. Turn on the gas for 5 seconds without lighting it and smell it - then compare with what you feel outside.
If you suspect a gas leak call the gas company at once and don't switch on/off any appliance or light before they confirm it is safe.
The gas company has already been there and found nothing!

07056601

join:2010-11-06
reply to Majestik
said by Majestik:

Exactly.
Can't mistake a dead animal smell
Can't mistake any of those, unless of course you don't have any experience.

Once you know what "dead" smells like, you never forget.

Bobcat79
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said by 07056601:

said by Majestik:

Exactly.
Can't mistake a dead animal smell
Can't mistake any of those, unless of course you don't have any experience.

Once you know what "dead" smells like, you never forget.
Then there's the invasion of flies in about 2 weeks or so.


R4M0N
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join:2000-10-04
Glen Allen, VA
reply to jig
light up a match under the house. If the neighborhood blows up, you had a gas leak.


08034016
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said by Msradell:

The gas company has already been there and found nothing!
How does he know the owner had to leave, so did he see the Gas company do testing?

Would i trust the gas Company NOPE.
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I have never seen a utility company not take a potential gas leak as serious. I work with various utilities all the time, and it is not something they take lightly. If they claimed they checked, then they checked.
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08034016
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said by Lurch77:

I have never seen a utility company not take a potential gas leak as serious.
There's many story's on the net where they said they did check but upon further investigation NOPE.
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said by Lurch77:

I have never seen a utility company not take a potential gas leak as serious. I work with various utilities all the time, and it is not something they take lightly. If they claimed they checked, then they checked.
Not trying to get off-topic, but the explosion in San Bruno, CA was reported for many days before the event occurred.

»www.baycitizen.org/san-bruno-exp···plosion/
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08034016
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said by shinjuru:

said by Lurch77:

I have never seen a utility company not take a potential gas leak as serious. I work with various utilities all the time, and it is not something they take lightly. If they claimed they checked, then they checked.
Not trying to get off-topic, but the explosion in San Bruno, CA was reported for many days before the event occurred.

»www.baycitizen.org/san-bruno-exp···plosion/
Thats not getting off topic it's a prefect example of what i was talking about.Would i trust that they had been out there NO.
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07056601

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said by shinjuru:

said by Lurch77:

I have never seen a utility company not take a potential gas leak as serious. I work with various utilities all the time, and it is not something they take lightly. If they claimed they checked, then they checked.
Not trying to get off-topic, but the explosion in San Bruno, CA was reported for many days before the event occurred.

»www.baycitizen.org/san-bruno-exp···plosion/
This one too »blog.cleveland.com/metro/2010/01···ous.html

Bobcat79
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reply to jig
So is there an update? Did you find out what the problem is?


jig

join:2001-01-05
Hacienda Heights, CA
a friend is coming out tomorrow (was going to be today) to sniff - she'll probably recognize whether it's decomp or sewage.

on the topic of gas inspectors - i've had them out at other properties and they are typically responsible individuals. i am a little afraid that the guy who came by didn't get to where the smell was, but he did mention "area smell", so i'm thinking that he probably tested the smell for gas.

updates as they come in.
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My folks had two sources of a bad smell. At the end of each summer my parents placed Ratola a rat bait and poison that contained Warfarin in the basement. They would always leave a pan of water near the poison because the poison causes the animal to hemorrhage internally and they would develop a thirst. Sometimes they would not die near the water pan and would begin decomposing in an inaccessible area. The odor from the decomposing animal would usually last for from one to two weeks unless it died in a wet area. In that case the stench would last longer.

On the other hand one year they had a problem with a septic system clean out with an air leak next to the house. Under certain wind conditions air would blow into the septic system roof vent and would cause the stench of sewer gas to enter the house from the leaking clean out. Sealing the clean out stopped the odor. By the way the clean out was brass or bronze and was sealed to a cast iron drain pipe flange with poured lead seal, which over the years had cracked due to water intrusion.


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said by jig:

a friend is coming out tomorrow (was going to be today) to sniff - she'll probably recognize whether it's decomp or sewage.

SHE?
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