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messageOdd query/problem but thought maybe someone has had the same experience
Posted by jem10nz February 02, 10:20AM

Good morning,

This is an unusual one, about 6-8 months ago our neighbours (who we adore) had some building work done and it seems possibly around this time (honestly though we can't say for sure) a smell of stale urine (human) is working its way through in to our house. We have cats and are happy it isn't cat wee. The smell is coming through the part wall (terraced house) and seems to vent up through cracks in the floorboards. It is generally really unpleasant and got suddenly worse we have asked various people but noone has come up with the go-to person to deal with this problem. Has anyone had issues like this and what did you do in terms of fixing it - Builder? Structural Engineer? We love our neighbours and just want the problem solved.

If you could pm with thoughts that would be great as we are getting pretty desparate now.

Cheers



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit was february 02, 10:30am by jem10nz.

messageRe: Odd query/problem but thought maybe someone has had the same experience
Posted by Sue February 02, 11:07AM

Ask a plumber?

messageRe: Odd query/problem but thought maybe someone has had the same experience
Posted by Jules-and-Boo February 02, 11:44AM

can your neighbours smell it in their house?

messageRe: Odd query/problem but thought maybe someone has had the same experience
Posted by nxjen February 02, 12:07PM

Blocked drain, either yours or your neighbours, although its possible youre both on the same main drain?

messageRe: Odd query/problem but thought maybe someone has had the same experience
Posted by jem10nz February 02, 03:26PM

Hi we did ask a Plumber but wasn't that informative

messageRe: Odd query/problem but thought maybe someone has had the same experience
Posted by jem10nz February 02, 03:26PM

It is definitely coming from our neighbours house..

messageRe: Odd query/problem but thought maybe someone has had the same experience
Posted by ianr February 02, 03:29PM

You could try putting a largish amount of some strong smelling liquid (disinfectant, bleach, ...) firstly down your own loo, to see if that smell reaches you by the unconventional route. If that isn't detectable within a day or two, then perhaps provide some more and ask your neighbours if they will kindly do the same? If that turns out positive, I think that gives good grounds for their being involved in getting a professional investigation underway.

Is it possible to be certain that it's the human product? Are there any other possible candidates?

messageRe: Odd query/problem but thought maybe someone has had the same experience
Posted by diable rouge February 02, 03:51PM

If it was a blocked/broken waste/sewer pipe of any kind you wouldn't just be smelling human pee...if you catch my drift. So unless your neighbours all wear colostomy bags I think it points to an animal, probably rats...

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Posted by KidKruger February 02, 04:12PM

May be a dead animal under floor.

messageRe: Odd query/problem but thought maybe someone has had the same experience
Posted by red15 February 03, 03:17PM

Hi Jemz, I have pm'd you. Best, red

messageRe: Odd query/problem but thought maybe someone has had the same experience
Posted by Spartacus February 03, 03:50PM

Obviously a body that's been bricked in by your neighbours builders slowly decaying 😱

Have they gotten divorced recently or changed nannies ...

Joking aside it could possibly be a dead animal trapped or alternatively an ammonia-like odor after a period of rain could be caused by mold. Water promotes mold growth, and odors from mold are more noticeable when the area is wet, There maybe a broken roof tile or something is getting wet behind the walls (pipe not joined correctly for example)

As mentioned earlier ask your neighbour to see if they can smell anything as that will help track where it is.

messageRe: Odd query/problem but thought maybe someone has had the same experience
Posted by JohnL February 03, 03:53PM

Sniffer dog - I'm pretty sure they can be hired.

messageRe: Odd query/problem but thought maybe someone has had the same experience
Posted by malumbu February 03, 05:54PM

A Google search was interesting, but just took me to health problems. Where you get a lot of wee it that ends up stinking like ammonia - bus shelters, hot countries with poor sanitation and the like. Perhaps environmental health could help?

messageRe: Odd query/problem but thought maybe someone has had the same experience
Posted by Spartacus February 11, 07:21PM

Did you ever find the cause ?

messageRe: Odd query/problem but thought maybe someone has had the same experience
Posted by intexasatthe moment February 15, 08:11AM

I'm wondering about red's PM and what it contained that couldn't be shared with us all .Sorry ,slow day .

messageRe: Odd query/problem but thought maybe someone has had the same experience
Posted by monkeyspanner February 15, 08:21PM

Is it that paint that smells of wee? Google it, can't remember if it was B&Q or homebase


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