One day a tenant called to report a burning rubber smell in his office. The author went to his office building and with his "keen sense of smell" deduced that one of the HVAC units had thrown a belt. She called her HVAC company and they checked out the units but could not find anything. The tenant, perplexed, asked if it's a skunk. It wasn't until she went outside to the HVAC mechanical room that she realized her tenant had been right all along. She definitely smelled skunk. She suddenly remembered hearing about a new odor removing product that another IREM Member was promoting. Within 30 minutes the building started to smell better.
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