We have two dogs and two cats, so it’s natural to blame them for bad smells in the house. But stinky odors are not always their fault. We’ve had a nasty sewer smell in the bedroom for the past few days. My first thought was kitty litter box. But no, the kitty loo is well-maintained and not stinking.
My next thought was Oh bother, there is a sewer leak under the house. When the snowdrifts permit I will crawl under the house and look. The smell comes and goes, which suggests there is not a leak, as that would stink all the time. But tracking down weird smells can be just as infuriatingly difficult as tracking down weird noises, so I can’t rule it out yet.
My most hopeful hypothesis (please, dear friends, do investigate the difference between “hypothesis” and “theory”, as most people say “theory” when they mean “hypothesis”) is that the snow on the roof is blocking the bathroom vent, causing the stink air to travel to the wrong place. I tried the match test; that is, lighting some matches, blowing them out, and watching to see if the bathroom fan sucked up the smoke. If the bathroom venting is being pushed into the bedroom I should have smelled the match smoke. But I didn’t. Which could be due to not enough smoke.
One more test I can do that is easier than crawling under the house is to not use the bathroom fan, but to open the window.
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