What do you do when you walk into a furnace/laundry room to know something is up, an overwhelming smell - and you suspect a Canine Crap Corner, but don't know where to look?
It could be plumbing, it could be the sump pump, it could be the drain from the laundry tub, and yet, just because, you begin to look further.
This house has evidence of a small dog. I don't know his name - let's call him Babalooey.
He is pampered with pillows everywhere, toys strewn all over, personalized water and food bowls - he is living the life of Reilly, um, Babalooey.
The furnace room is full, full, full of stuff! Could something be rotting inside one of the boxes? Or dead?
Instead of renting a Pod, apparently, these folks decided to put everything into the furnace/laundry room. It is piled high and thick with stuff!
So much so that the stuff, and the old fridge, placed very closely in front of the furnace, prevents getting the cover off to replace the filter.
The home inspector is intrigued to know if that means the filter had not been replaced in a while. Like since they purchased the new fridge in the kitchen?
He diligently worked long and hard and did get the cover off enough to pull the filter out just a few inches. His suspicions were correct. Air filter no change-o for a long time-o.
That's perfect Spanish.
But, could that extremely-clogged filter be the source of the smell?
But wait! While squishing into the space to peek at the filter said home inspector noticed something in front and off to the side.
It was a little gift from Babalooey!
Ha! Well, that little gift certainly didn't have the mass to cause the smell pervading the room!
Beyond the furnace is the return duct to the left and the back side of the metal, wood-burning fireplace to the right. Not much room for said home inspector! Heck, not much room for male or female homo sapiens worldwide!
But plenty of room for Babalooey!
In his best display of magical Ninja moves, said home inspector lifted his stealy mass higher and more forward, extending his highly-trained Ninja arm and camera to get the wondrous photo here in!
For sure that represents only a small percentage of Babalooey gift left in that space!
Obviously, when the family is gone, Pampered Pup makes his way to the furnace/laundry room to partake in his special, gift-giving behavior. It's a Canine Crap Corner!
That's going to make an interesting item on the addendum list! And good luck!
My recommendation: smells have a source! Sometimes that source cannot be determined. But sometimes it can! And sometimes the source is quite the surprise! Does anyone remember Babalooey? You won't forget him now!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560