A Homeowner In Davis County Has A Mysterious Odor. Solved!
Last week I went out to look at a home in Davis County. The owner had a musty odor that was very apparent when you first entered the home. However, they had no idea where the odor was coming from, and they were concerned that they may have a mold problem. When I got there, I got a good recent history of the home, and the owners described all of the issues that they were aware of. Nothing seemed to fit with the odor that was definitely apparent to me when I got there. I proceeded to inspect the kitchen, the bathrooms, as well as the perimeter of the basement to see if I could find any water damage that may have gone unnoticed and led to mold developing. After an hour of looking around the home, I was unable to find anything, and I must admit I was a little frustrated. The owners weren’t happy either, since they didn’t have a solution yet to their problem. I left them with the instructions of trying to use their noses over the next week to try and identify where the odor was the ‘strongest’. This would hopefully point us to the area where the source of the smell was coming from, so we could get it corrected.
Yesterday, I got a call from the owner, who wanted me to come out and re-inspect the area. He had identified a section of wall where the odor was the strongest. It was in the middle of an exterior wall, and didn’t have any signs of water damage. I got the owners permission to remove the baseboard, and then to make a small cut into the drywall. Removing the baseboard didn’t show anything further, but once the drywall was cut, the odor got even stronger. With the drywall removed, it was very apparent what had happened. There was a dead mouse in the wall, and a nest there as well! It wasn’t mold at all, but it was still a stinky mess to clean up. What a relief for the homeowners, knowing where the smell was coming from. They also got a very thorough mold inspection, so at least they know they don’t have any mold problems.