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strong sweet smell/maple syrup odor/unpleasant

2 months ago
last modified: 2 months ago

There is a strong maple syrup/old bad honey, strong sweet smell in my house. I have hardwood floors. It started after heavy rains. It's strongest in the kitchen and living room, but I smell it everywhere. It's so strong that it's making me feel sick and driving me crazy. I smell the same smell in the crawlspace. We had mice last fall, and there are rodent droppings in the crawlspace. Could this be rodent urine? Could it be trichloroethylene (TCE)? Bad groundwater from somewhere? There is no vapor barrier in crawlspace. I cannot stand this smell anymore and am thinking of moving to a hotel. I'm so scared that it's something toxic. What's also odd, is that when I walk by a couple other homes on the street, I smell the same odor from the sidewalk. It's not all the homes, but just a couple. Does anyone have ideas or has anyone experienced this? Thank you for any advice.

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