Archive for the ‘odors’ category

Removing Home Odors with Fresh Wave

October 29th, 2013


My daughter purchased a two-story home that was built in 1968. There is an odor in the house that still remains, even after the walls have been painted, and the carpets professionally cleaned. The four bedrooms have hardwood flooring. It is not a sewer smell; it smells stale. Any ideas, Tom? Thank you!



For this type of odor, you should also wash all hard surfaces and replace/launder all window coverings. Cleaning, or even replacing the carpet may be necessary. Cleaning the heating ductwork should also be considered.

Why-Fresh-WaveOne great product to try is Fresh Wave. You can find it at hardware stores, and on Amazon. They have a set of odor-eliminator products that are based on natural ingredients. Fresh Wave has a very subtle, pleasant smell that eliminates odors, not masks them. Try the spray for the carpet, and put the gel out in the areas that smell. You will be surprised how well Fresh Wave works!

Smell Coming From Sump Pump

April 18th, 2013


We have urine smell (or worse) coming up from sump pump cover. I was told that we didn’t have to get the septic tank cleaned out until next year. I think air is coming up through the sump pump. Is this natural?



Failure to pump the septic system should not cause a smell. There should be no smell with a typical sump pump system. The sump pump pit collects clear rain water from the drain tile system, and ejects to the outside or an underground septic system. You could flush out the sump crock with lots of clear water if you have a smell problem. At times, there could be a smell from rodents or other debris.


P021 - Sewage Ejector Pump


Since you mentioned a septic system, I suspect the pump and crock you are referring to is a gray water or septic pump. It will look just like a sump pump and crock, but it collects water from the floor drain or basement laundry tub and pumps the water up into the septic tank line. The sewer ejector pump could be an open crock for an older system.

The ejector in all newer systems is sealed with a cover and will have a vent pipe connected. This system with an open crock can develop a smell and again you can flush it out with lots of clear water. If you have an open crock, consider changing to a sealed, vented crock. Finally, air should not enter either type of crock through the sump pump, so I don’t know what is happening there.


Sewer Smell in the Shower

April 15th, 2010

In my master shower, I get a sewer smell. If I pour some bleach down the drain it disappears for a while, but comes back within one to two weeks. Is there a plumbing issue I should be concerned about? Is there some way to get rid of this?


One way to have a sewer smell in the shower is to lose the water seal in the trap. The “trap” is actually a bend in the pipe that holds or traps water. When there is water in the trap, no sewer smell can move out of the piping into your home. If the shower is not used for a few weeks, water could evaporate from the trap and result in a smell as air and sewer gas moves up through the trap. In this case, you just need to add water to the trap every week or so.

If the shower is used routinely, you may have a drainage, waste and venting problem that is allowing water to be drawn from the trap and down the drain system. This can happen when there is heavy drain water flow creating a vacuum in the piping. For this to happen, you may have a blocked vent or a vent installation problem.

Finally, you may just have bunch of “yuck” in the trap; hair, debris and growth. Snake the trap and flush it with very hot water to give it a good cleaning.

Removing the Smoke Smell After a Small Fire

March 23rd, 2010

We had a small fire due to our fireplace closing by itself. This in turn put a lot of smoke in the house. We need to have professional cleaners come and clean the carpet and furniture. Is there a product we can use on the walls and woodwork to remove the smoke smell?


Why-Fresh-WaveTo remove the smoke smell, you need to remove the soot. This involves washing or cleaning any cloth materials. The hard surfaces should be cleaned with a dry sponge. A dry sponge is specifically used to remove soot from hard surfaces. You will find a dry sponge at big-box stores and professional cleaning suppliers. A dry sponge is like a big soft eraser that is wiped on the surface to absorb the soot.

After the hard surfaces are soot-free, wash the surface with a detergent and water if any smell remains. An ammonia-based cleaner will work well.

I have also found that a product called Fresh Wave works well at removing odors of all types. There are several versions of the product; a spray, a laundry additive, and a gel that is placed in the problem room. You will find this product at most hardware stores.

Eliminate Odors with Fresh Wave

September 29th, 2009


You frequently talk about a product that when put out does a superior job with eliminating odors in a room. You even mentioned it in your show this past Saturday in the 8:00 AM hour. Can you please tell me the name of the product and where it can be obtained?



Fresh Wave

Fresh Wave

No harsh chemicals. No masking fragrances. And no matter the odor, Fresh Wave products provide an all-natural solution. Comprised of extracts of soy, lime, pine needle, aniseed, clove and cedar wood, Fresh Wave products are biodegradable and non-toxic – perfect for the naturally green home. From the basement to the garage to the kitchen, you can eliminate odors virtually anywhere with Fresh Wave.