House Odors That May Indicate Problems

We all know what it likely means if we smell smoke at home, and most people know that the scent of rotten eggs can mean a dangerous gas leak.

But there are several other unpleasant odors that can be clues that something is amiss in your house.

  • Wet Dog: If you’ve got a dog, you already deal with the occasional stinky pup. When you smell “wet dog” odor, and you don’t have a dog (or your pooch has just had a bath), it could be that rodents or other animals have moved in. Start checking attics, basement, and walls.
  • Ammonia: A scent of ammonia (sometimes also described as a “cat pee” smell) is a sign you may have a mold or mildew issue, though it can also mean there’s a dead rodent in the walls. Follow the smell and try to pinpoint it before you start cutting holes in the wall to remove the problem. Mold requires expert intervention.
  • Fishy: When you smell fish, and you haven’t been cooking fish, it could mean that there’s some overheated electrical wiring in an appliance, light, or switch. Contact an electrician to fix this before it turns into an even bigger fire hazard.