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Usually, bad smells at home are easy to eliminate, especially if you know where they come from. However, some odors seem impossible to eradicate, here's what you can do about them.

Some Smells Seem Impossible to Eliminate

It’s usually easy to pinpoint where a bad smell is coming from at home. Urine smell on the floor, blame the dog, fishy smell in the kitchen, blame dinner. When you know where the odor comes from you can readily do something to fix it. But some scents just linger and seem practically impossible to remove. If you’ve done everything you can think of and still not been able to eliminate that bad odor from your home because you don’t know where it comes from, this article will help you out.

The Common Culprits of Odors at Home

Mold

You know that smell that usually accompanies old homes? It’s not age; it’s mold. That musty and wet lingering smell isn’t exclusive to older houses either. Any home can foster hidden mold. As you know, mold can affect your health. The first thing you need to do to get rid of your mold problem is identifying where it might be hiding. Some of the most common places where mold is found are in the plumbing, gutter, window frames, and bathrooms. The real key to dealing with mold and its nasty smell is prevention. Try to keep your home as clean as possible and keep moisture to a minimum. You can deal with small mold problems on your own. Usually, all you need is a mix of water and soap or vinegar. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, bigger issues need to be handled by a professional. Learn more about mold by reading about the different types you can find. If you’re dealing with a severe mold problem or bad smell that won't wear off, don’t hesitate in calling Daniel’s DKI, the experts in home restoration, at (760) 320-2128 to fix it for you.

Carpets

Carpets can bring many health benefits such as absorbing your falls or capturing allergens. However, they can also capture smoke, pet urine, liquids, and stinky feet smell. The obvious solution for eliminating carpet smells is replacing them, but that’s not a realistic solution for most people. There are several cleaning methods you can try.  From sprinkling baking soda over them and letting it sit overnight (vacuum it right up the next day) to hiring a professional carpet cleaner. Among the many restoration services Daniel’s DKI offers in Palm Springs, you can find deodorization and carpet cleaning.

Dishwasher

Your dishwasher needs to be washed as well. You need to do it at least once a month by running it empty with a cup of vinegar. Another cleaning method is sprinkling baking soda and letting it run. Those are just basic cleaning techniques. Your dishwasher can be storing tons of gross, old food and gunk, making your kitchen stink. Once in a while, you need to give it a deep cleaning, focusing mainly on the seals and the dishwasher filter.

Dead Animals

Who wants to even think about a dead animal lying around in their home? No one! Unfortunately, it is possible that a critter found its ultimate demise somewhere in your house. Dead animal smells are particularly strong in the area where the animal is, so it’s pretty easy to detect the source. Some common areas are the attic, walls, and basements, under the house and even behind furniture. The attic is a tricky place because the dead animal might be found under the insulation, giving it the power to permeate your whole house. You can find animals such as rodents living in your walls. Usually, critter removal experts find the specific spot, cut a hole, remove the carcass, and patch the area back up. Once you found and disposed of the body, you will need to clean the area use some chemical to break down the molecules carrying the nasty smell. If the carcass is in an area you can’t reach, you’ll have to call your local wildlife removal company or pest control.

Sewage Gas

That awful odor we commonly relate to sewage can actually be a gas escaping the drainage system. Not only does it smell dreadful, but the bacteria and methane it contains can seriously affect your health. Top that scary thought with this: high concentrations of methane gas are combustible and can lead to an explosion. You should never ignore that smell. Alternatively, if it smells like a sewer, it might just possibly be the sewer. The possible causes for that sewer smell might be leaks from cracking or rotting drain pipes, a clogged drain, ill-fitting pipe connections, a dry trap, among others. First, try to unclog the drain with these tips. If the odor persists, call a plumber.

Daniel's DKI Offers the Restoration Services You Need in Palm Springs

If you need help removing odors from your home, cleaning your carpets, or dealing with the aftermath of a fire (including the smoke smell), you should call the home restoration experts in Palm Springs. Daniel's DKI can help you fix those problems and more. Call them at (760) 320-2128 to learn all about their services.