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 Paint thinner smell in basement
Author: CabinGirl (WI)

We are getting a strong smell similar to paint thinner that seems to be coming from our basement. I can't pinpoint from there. Doesn't seem to be from the water softener, HVAC, water heater or sump crock. Seems to be stronger at times and I am completely stumped by what it could be. There is no paint, thinner or chemicals in the basement that could be causing. I flushed drain openings yesterday but the smell is still there. We are on a private septic and well so not a sewer gas issue. Has anyone ever heard of this before and know what it could be? Appreciate any help - thank you.

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 Re: Paint thinner smell in basement
Author: packy (MA)

just because you are on a septic system doesn't mean it won't smell..
of all the problems that people ask about, sewer/septic/paint thinner smells are the hardest to pinpoint.
if you can get on your roof easily, you can dump some peppermint oil down the main stack. follow that with some hot water.
the person who put the oil and water in should not go in the hose for a while.
this test will at least get you going in the right direction. it should tell you if either the drains or vents are comprimised.

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 Re: Paint thinner smell in basement
Author: Cad3damron (KY)

How does this help, what does it do inside home? Sorry, new to site and have similar issue

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 Re: Paint thinner smell in basement
Author: packy (MA)

peppermint oil will create a strong smell inside the piping which is easier to pinpoint where it is coming from..

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