Smells like business is booming

David Weissman

In addition to the numerous pungent smells it deals with on a daily basis, Advanced Odor Solutions in York City is also dealing with success.

Local businesswoman Melissa Faust is expanding her Advanced Odor Solutions into West Manchester Township.

The business, which specializes in odor-removal products and services, has been around for more than 20 years and has grown past its South Kershaw Street location, according to owner Melissa Faust.

The company will move in February to a larger location on Orange Street in West Manchester Township with likely additions to the current, 10-member staff, Faust said.

"We are busting at the seams at our (York City) location, and we need more room to grow," she said of her business.

Advanced Odor Solutions products — sold online, on-site and at various truck stops — are designed to neutralize any unwanted odors, including cigarette smoke, body odor and pet urine, in homes, offices, automobiles and boats, according to the company's website.

Faust said "a lot of irons are in the fire" for growth, including a potential opportunity in the auto industry.

Service calls account for the largest percentage of Faust's business, she said, with her six trucks dispatched to area residences upon request.

The company is full-service in removing unwanted odors from homes and vehicles, and Faust has smelled plenty of unique odors.

"I would say that a very strong rotting meat smell may have been one of the worst odors I have encountered," she said. "Someone let 800 pounds of meat rot in their freezer for quite some time, I could barely stand it, the smell had penetrated everything in the home."

None of the products Advanced Odor Solutions uses during these cleanings can be found in stores, Faust said, and they're all people-safe, pet-safe, nontoxic, non-sensitizing, biodegradable, non-flammable and non-corrosive.

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