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  • HMO & Multi-Lets

    Help needed ridding HMO of bad smells!

    Hi not sure if anyone else has this problem but most of the downstairs front rooms in my 5 hmo's have a smell, ranging from mild to downright unpleasant... I have no idea why... there is not really any damp to speak of in the houses, and in any case it is only the downstairs front rooms which are affected. 

    I've had envirovent round but it is so expensive to install for one room.

    Does anyone have any ideas?  Something that will work to refresh the air in these rooms?  Thanks...

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    Are the 5 properties connected? i.e in a terrace, or are they 5 separate properties.

    What kind of smell is it? sewage, mold, dead animal, detritus?

    Have there been any major works nearby recently?

    More information might help in answering your problem.

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    Not connected in any way.  Not sure what the smell is - not sewage, not dead animal, musty maybe sometimes sharp and tangy...  slightly different strengths in each house... No major works, has been a problem for a long while to varying degrees... does seem worse in the winter so maybe with windows closed there is no air circulation at all and I guess being downstairs front the windows are open less often for security reasons...

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    It sounds like it could be mold, possibly due to the situation you have described. I know there are varying opinions on rising damp problems and their subsequent repair. What age are the properties? Are there air bricks that ventilate beneath the suspended floor and are they clear? I remember a rental property which had a bit of a moldy/damp problem. I took up one of the floorboards on the ground floor only to discover the house had an entire basement floor complete with running water and a fireplace, the staircase from the garden had been bricked up and paved over many year previous.  it even had an old rotten toolbox with the rustiest vintage tools I have ever seen! It tuned out a tap in the basement had been dripping for years on to the stone floor and had caused the musty mold smell.

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