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#6215816 - 04/12/18 07:44 PM Odd Decomp smell
MChewk Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 5216
Loc: Northern Illinois
Was called to investigate an bad odor in an office...odor had a fishy smell...not the usual musky dead mouse smell or the tangy dead coon odor. Any thoughts?

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#6215818 - 04/12/18 07:45 PM Re: Odd Decomp smell [Re: MChewk]
bic Offline
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Registered: 01/15/08
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Originally Posted By: MChewk
Was called to investigate an bad odor in an office...odor had a fishy smell...


LMAO, I ain't even gonna go there.
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#6217127 - 04/14/18 12:10 PM Re: Odd Decomp smell [Re: MChewk]
MChewk Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 5216
Loc: Northern Illinois
ttt

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#6217321 - 04/14/18 04:51 PM Re: Odd Decomp smell [Re: MChewk]
Brian Mongeau Offline
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Registered: 02/07/07
Posts: 398
Loc: Killingly, CT
Check the trashcan, someone threw out a tuna sandwich?
If a refrigerator present, check the drip pan underneath, for a dead mouse or something that leaked into pan.
Think outside the box. Check desk drawers for something staff brought to work.

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#6217351 - 04/14/18 06:01 PM Re: Odd Decomp smell [Re: MChewk]
Getting There Offline
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Registered: 09/29/12
Posts: 897
Loc: West Michigan
Check any drains or trap to make sure there is water in them.
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#6217384 - 04/14/18 06:48 PM Re: Odd Decomp smell [Re: MChewk]
MChewk Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 5216
Loc: Northern Illinois
Thanks guys for the responses. ...did all that.... walked the perimeter, got down on my hands and knees and up on a ladder...nothing?! Small room no fridges just a counter tables and chairs. Have already searched everything.... I'm thinking a small bird got into roof line.....just can't find it.

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#6217551 - 04/14/18 09:29 PM Re: Odd Decomp smell [Re: MChewk]
Getting There Offline
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Registered: 09/29/12
Posts: 897
Loc: West Michigan
Are you sure there is not an opossum under the floor/crawl space.
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#6217736 - 04/15/18 04:48 AM Re: Odd Decomp smell [Re: MChewk]
MChewk Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 5216
Loc: Northern Illinois
The building is older anything is possible...will have to go over the place again. After talking with the office personnel....the odor seems to fairly mild in the am stronger by noon then mild again at closing.
So heat is a factor....place is built so tight didn't want to start tearing things up just yet.

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#6217786 - 04/15/18 06:40 AM Re: Odd Decomp smell [Re: MChewk]
Jim Comstock Offline
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Registered: 02/11/11
Posts: 134
Loc: New York
I guess I've been exposed to as much rotten stuff as the next guy and don't really mind it, but last year I ran into the most putrid smell I had come across, not the usual decomposing dead squirrel, skunk or other, but the smell of disease. There were several foxes with mange living under a small shed. From what the home owner said, in pretty advanced stages. She had watched them for some time. Setting traps forced them to leave so I never saw them and was really happy not to have to deal with them, but that smell was in a class by itself, fortunately not under the house. Disgusting. Wonder if anyone else has ever smelled the like.

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#6217791 - 04/15/18 06:48 AM Re: Odd Decomp smell [Re: MChewk]
MChewk Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 5216
Loc: Northern Illinois
Jim, I have had the unfortunate experience to have smelled that manged canine smell throughout the years....something a trapper won't forget. I can't imagine what a den of manged foxes would smelled like though....nauseating I'm sure.


Edited by MChewk (04/15/18 06:48 AM)

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#6218861 - 04/16/18 06:16 AM Re: Odd Decomp smell [Re: MChewk]
Ronaround Offline
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Registered: 02/04/13
Posts: 1313
Loc: N.E.Ohio
Can you talk a dog in to see if he pinpoints it closer. you know they cant help sniffing for that stinky stuff.

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#6218864 - 04/16/18 06:22 AM Re: Odd Decomp smell [Re: MChewk]
MChewk Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 5216
Loc: Northern Illinois
coincidentally they have a dog...and I was hoping for that....nothing.....I think the issue is in the ceiling somewhere.

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#6220440 - 04/18/18 06:13 AM Re: Odd Decomp smell [Re: MChewk]
ACP Offline
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Registered: 01/23/18
Posts: 1
Loc: Crossville,TN
Possibly wet insulation? After doing ductwork for a while I figured that it smells like a cross between fish and an oppossum

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#6220488 - 04/18/18 07:25 AM Re: Odd Decomp smell [Re: MChewk]
vermontster Offline
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Registered: 03/23/14
Posts: 404
Loc: vermont
I agree with ACP wet insulation. Do they have a rooftop HVAC unit or furnace. If furnace is it suspended over the ceiling. A roof leak onto the duct insulation. Has it rained recently. Air conditioning drain trap could be dry if in the attic and sucking in wet insul. Smell when the heat is running. Look for duct insul. sagging down on the bottom of the ductwork. If you touch it it will possibly pour water out.
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#6220675 - 04/18/18 11:26 AM Re: Odd Decomp smell [Re: MChewk]
MChewk Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 5216
Loc: Northern Illinois
Thanks guys have NOT dealt with that....much appreciated.

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#6221304 - 04/18/18 09:55 PM Re: Odd Decomp smell [Re: MChewk]
Jason Turner Offline
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Registered: 01/25/15
Posts: 163
Loc: Arkansas
I have one for everyone that I encountered today...definite raccoon toilet in the attic but as soon as you walk into the home you can smell itó smells like a carcass rotting in the walls somewhere. Hard to describe without showing it, but Iíve pretty much been able to isolate the smell location after doing a complete inspection. I think a raccoon has died somewhere in the dead air space but how do I get to it without tearing stuff completely apart? You canít see in there- complicated constructin. And what IF itís not really where I think it is? Looking for any help I can get too!
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#6221453 - 04/19/18 07:02 AM Re: Odd Decomp smell [Re: MChewk]
MChewk Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 5216
Loc: Northern Illinois
Get a carpenter out and do further investigation

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#6221571 - 04/19/18 09:33 AM Re: Odd Decomp smell [Re: MChewk]
Paul Winkelmann Offline
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Registered: 07/23/08
Posts: 1237
Loc: mequon, wisconsin
I am no longer allowed to investigate bad odors. At my age that old decomp smell always turns out to be me!

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#6221685 - 04/19/18 01:37 PM Re: Odd Decomp smell [Re: MChewk]
MChewk Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 5216
Loc: Northern Illinois
Paul just check your shorts BEFORE you investigate those jobs...lol

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#6221701 - 04/19/18 02:04 PM Re: Odd Decomp smell [Re: MChewk]
NE Wildlife Offline
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Registered: 02/16/12
Posts: 877
Loc: Northeast Wisconsin
Do you have a inspection camera? Could always drill some small holes and look then spackle over and touch up with paint
Or if you can pop trim off and drill hole down low to look.
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