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Old 01-14-2011, 08:32 PM   #11
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Many good possibilities. I'm going to get more baking soda and another gallon of bleach. It is entirely possible that there is a dead animal under the house as we live in a mobile home. But I don't even want to think about what it would cost to fix that in the middle of winter. Any more ideas please post them. By the way, I am stuffed up but dh who has the nose of a bloodhound barely smells the odor, but he does smell it.

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Old 01-14-2011, 08:40 PM   #12
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This happened to me once, years ago, JF.

It turned out to be the drain pan under the refrigerator. Gawd it was awful.

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Old 01-14-2011, 09:22 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by Kayelle View Post
This happened to me once, years ago, JF.

It turned out to be the drain pan under the refrigerator. Gawd it was awful.
We had the same thing happen a long time ago.

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Old 01-14-2011, 09:32 PM   #14
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That is also a possibility but we can't find the drain pan. The fridge is up on small blocks and is difficult to pull out. We think the pan is in the back and is not actually removable based on something I read on-line. I can find every other manual for every appliance in the house but that one. We'll have to wait until tomorrow to tackle pulling the blasted thing out. In the mean time I have to put up with that smell. It is also possible that one of the pipes under the house has come loose and has been draining under there. That happened a couple of years ago but I thought we had it fixed correctly. There is just no telling tonight what the problem is.
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Old 01-14-2011, 09:36 PM   #15
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I vote for the disposal or the drains. Have you tried Drano (in the drain, not the disposal side)? Just be careful if you do use chemicals or bleach....don't mix anything that might make a toxic gas. In the past I have VERY CAREFULLY put my hand down into a disposal with a rubber glove on and scraped all of the gunk off by hand. Do this only if you have a small hand... It's amazing what builds up in there.

Also might look behind where you keep your potatoes, onions, etc. Maybe one fell behind or got lodged somewhere and rotted.
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Old 01-14-2011, 09:48 PM   #16
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Good point AD about the potatoes. A rotten potato is a truly AWFUL smell.

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Old 01-15-2011, 01:13 AM   #17
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JF can you buy Jeyes Fluid where you are, if the smell is from your drains it will fix it.
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Old 01-15-2011, 01:58 AM   #18
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Old 01-15-2011, 06:56 AM   #19
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I know (personally!) of several sources for unusual smells. I once moved into a place, and after a week or so, got a horrible smell in the kitchen. The former residents had used the broiler pan and left in it dirty in the broiler.

I have also had mice die under the fridge or the sink, and starlings crawl into a disconnected dryer vent. For some of those things, like the starlings inside the wall, the only thing to do was wait it out. One little mouse fell into a container under the sink--took me a while to find him.

A dry trap will allow sewage odors into the house. If you have a drain you don't use, the u-shaped trap (which is supposed to be full of water to block the gas from returning to the house) may dry out. Just pour it full of water, and remember to do that once in a while.

That is probably not your problem, since it is a kitchen drain.
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Old 01-15-2011, 07:02 AM   #20
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years ago we had a lil dog that would constantly go into the potato bin so we had to move the bin out of her reach. then I was having the same problem a smell that we couldn't locate. I clean the kitchen top to bottom and still couldn't locate it. then finally found it. back then I had a portable dishwasher (came with the house) and i pull it out to use as I did everyday and the smell sudden hit me worse. back up where you can store the hose up in the corner wedge in -never would of seen it was a potato that was so rotten it finally was falling out. the dog shoved it up there. Must be she wedge it there so bad she could get it out. She kept going back there in the corner where we put it when not in use - I kept rolling it out to look and nothing. But let me tell you - I was 9 mths pregnant with a week to go -at the time and never had any morning sickness. that day I made up for the early months. My husband was out of town and I had to clean it up - one bucket of soapy water and another bucket for the non stop puking. thought the baby was going to end up coming up . week later our daughter was born . You will never forget the smell of a rotten potato. Hmm don't know what was worse cleaning the potato up or given birth - My vote the potato

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