Q: Regarding your recent column that featured a question from the new home owner who had a sewage gas smell, I ran across something similar 20 years ago in temporary quarters. The odor was traced to the clothes washing machine.

After two or more wash loads were run, the odor would appear and permeate the house. Frankly, I don’t remember what we did to solve the problem and I have no way of tracking down anyone who might.

But I thought this might put you on the right track for a solution for that homeowner.

A: Thanks for throwing out a possible solution to this (as you can imagine) extremely annoying problem.

And, you are right, if you use too much laundry detergent in some washing machines, the excess laundry detergent can build up in the washing machine, allow mold to grow and create a foul smelling odor to permeate out of the washing machine.

So, if anyone else has any ideas on what might be causing this smell, have at it. I’ll publish comments in a future column.

If you want to read the original question, you can find it here: http://www.thinkglink.com/article/2011/01/14/seller-disclosure-laws-may-allow-you-to-sue-for-fraud-or-damages.