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gas smell thats maybe not gas, but unlivable

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Please help me! My kids and I just moved across the country. Now that we're in our rental house, the place always wreaks of gas! A heavy smell that I can't take. The gas company came out & found no gas leaks, but said the smell was bad, told us to get a plumber to check for mercury. Any ideas? Please help us. Let us know if we need to get out of here. We hate to have to move again, but I worry for our health.
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: General
Expert:  NancyH replied 11 years ago.
I suggest you consider getting a building inspector in to check the place and see if the problem can be pinpointed. If its plumbing then you or your landlord can call the plumber, if its an issue with a furnace then you can call the heating folks, and if its something else such as sewage odor from a septic tank for example then you can get the right person for that, or if its mold in the rugs or walls you can decide if you need to move again etc. This may even be residue from illegal drug creation and that would be hazardous. You may want to check back in police logs in your new town to see if the house was the subject of a drug raid at any time.
There are products that can move odors out of the air including air filters and chemical odor removers such as Tap A Drop by Nilodor or other deodorizers used in situations where odors linger in the air. But I'd only do this if I was 100% sure the odor had no toxic properties.
Mercury, if that is the problem, is certainly NOTHING you want to be breathing and getting out of there would be your best bet for health if that is the problem.
Hope this helps you!

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