How do you isolate an odor to determine the source

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    JBSmith99posted 7 years ago

    How do you isolate an odor to determine the source

    I bought a condo on the gulf coast a year ago and have been bealing with a strange odor that is prevalent when you enter then subsides or maybe I just get use to it.  I have searched for wet area and have found none.  There is no apparent mold or moisture on any walls in any area of the condo.  This problem does not occur during the winter months.  There is a garbage shoot outside my front entry door but it is behind a closed door and unless there is some leakage around the door seals then it is not the problem.

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    frugalfamilyposted 7 years ago

    Is it possible it is in your duct or carpets?  In the summer, I imagine you are running your air conditioner.  Although you don't feel moisture on your walls, your airconditioner may not be pulling all of the moisture out of the condo.  Good luck, I'll be following to see if you get an answer.

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    JBSmith99posted 7 years ago

    Thanks Faucetman for responding
    We spent a few day in condo and worked on isolating odor. Process was to cut off AC open doors to air out and then start process of checking each room.  Finally discovered a faint smell in owners closet which is in the utility room.  Plastic trap door in OC provides access to bootom of jacuzzi tup in master bath.  Could smell same odor but not very strong.  There was no standing water or tub leak.  This also allowed me to see and smell inner walls behind tub.  It is definitely the odor. I taped up access door but it did not resolve.  By the way my AC is in utility room in separate closet but it pulls some air from utility room through door.  My quess follows your thoughts.  If I have a leak in ductwork the what's behind my walls is being pulled into my unit.  Even though you would think that it would also occur in winter.  I realize the humidity is not as high.  What company would I hire to check this out?  Thanks for your help.  I have renter complaining as I would.


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