I have a problem that I need help with. Here's the story:
About 5 weeks ago, I started noticing an odor in the garage. Smelled like a dead "critter." I had remembered finding a dead mouse on the floor a few days earlier and just figured it may have been residue from him. No problem, it'll go away. Next day, smell is worse. To this I attribute to another mouse that had decided to die. I looked in all of the easilly accessible places, no mouse. I figure it's under one of the MANY boxes that have yet to be gone through since we moved in over a year ago. My thought, "no problem. Mouse is small. Odor will only stay another day or so." 2 days later, MUCH worse! Wife says: "find the damn mouse!" I look where I can, but no mouse. Tell her I'll move all boxes next day. While sleeping, all we can smell is dead critter. Seems like it's in the HVAC. I look in the furnace (where I found a squirrel before), no critter. Must be INSIDE one of the tubes. crap!. Call HVAC duct cleaning. Technician opens system and smells, no odor inside. Call wife. "Clean it anyways!" 1 hour and $350 later, ducts are clean, house smells like hospital!
4 hours later, home from work,
. While in the garage, I notice the deep freezer. I also notice the green power indicator is OFF! Then I remember tripping a circuit break about 2 weeks before that. I had reset the breaker, but didn't notice/realize the deep freeze was hooked into a GFCI outlet that ALSO had to be reset!
Open the lid............ OH MY GOD !!!!!!! The only thing that I could think of was an episode of Mythbusters when they put dead pigs into a Corvette! What was once a 20 pound turkey, was now an indescribeable mass of "stuff"
I was able to contain my dinner enough to clear out everything that had been frozen at one time, and use a roll of paper towels to gather up the liquid. It has been about 3 weeks since the "great discovery" and the stench still remains inside the freezer. I have tried numerous things to get rid of it. I have soaked it in Purple Power for a couple of days. Still stinks. I have soaked it in bleach for a couple of days. Still stinks. I soaked it again with Purple Power. Still stinks. I scrubbed the walls with Comet. Still stinks. My neighbor hit it with a soap-solution and then his steam cleaner. Still stinks! Is there ANY way of getting rid of the stench????? Possibly my next step will be to just buy a new freezer!!!