03:26AM | 07/22/14
To the person who posted the chemical smell problem - I have it too! I am original owner of a 10 year old house, slab on grade (no basement) in South Carolina. Smell started from middle floor of closet. Ripped out carpet, sealed floors, new padding and carpet. The smell "moved". Smell moved to my bedroom floors. Ripped out carpet, sealed floors, new pad and carpet. Smell moved to my bathroom and between door jams. There were no cracks in concrete and no visible water. Its so bad, you can lay a towel down on the floor, wait 5-10 minutes and then pick it up and you would be knocked over by a pesticide smell (smells like you soaked towel in can of Raid). Ive called pesticide division at Clemson and had everyone out here trying to figure out what it is - no one knows. I do NOT have exterior bug spray or termite treatment in years (but Clemson said that's not it because it would disapate - not get worse). None of my neighbors have problems. Smell comes and goes. Tonight it is so bad, you can smell it from the front door (and its raining hard outside. Anyone have any ideas? (and its not a dead animal - its been getting worse for the last 4 years, no cracks in floors, no water noted, checked with pest control, contractors, plumbers, electricians - just think about a can of Raid - that's what it smells like). No one comes to visit anymore and some even think I might contact a priest! Please help!


01:46PM | 07/26/14
Member Since: 01/24/06
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Anyone every think of hiring a licensed plumber (not a franchise) to water Jet the waste lines to remove years of built up sludge from grease and laundry detergents and if it persists do a video inspection to make sure the piping is in tact

Pipe in a slab can crack is not installed properly so calling a master plumber would be the first thing I would suggest and make sure they are not sub contracting the work as it is just going to cost you more


09:27PM | 03/02/15
Found this post on a google search... I would love to hear from the poster to see what they found or anyone else. I just bought a house in NC about 2 months ago. Recently getting that "raid" type smell up on my second floor.

Wondering what it could be. I did have Air and Heating come out and to check the refrigerant might be leaking... Nope... Just had the county fire department come out and they couldn't find anything but smelled it also. We do not have carpets its all bamboo (2nd floor and tile 1st floor) Its isolated to one spot in the house and starting to grow in area. Its really strange.

Please email me at [email protected]



09:31PM | 04/07/15
Im original poster.
Had 3 different plumbing companies come out. They all smell it but found nothing. I tore out pieces of drywall around the home (yes - its making me that crazy!) to see if there was a mold issue causing the problem. Nothing.

Not only has it continued to get worse, but it is spreading. Its almost unbearable and we are confined to living upstairs with the windows open.

Any other suggestions would be appreciated


03:24PM | 07/08/15
Is there any spray foam insulation in the attic? Almost makes me think there is something synthetic that is outgassing.

Emma Tayor

07:37AM | 07/10/15
Member Since: 06/26/15
19 lifetime posts
I had the same sort of issue in my basement. I used the dehumidifier that helped tremendously. I suggest you to try this one. Might be it will become helpful for you..!!

Good Luck..!!!


10:07PM | 04/14/16
Are any of your neighbors pest control person?


05:10PM | 05/16/16
Did YOU Ever find a source? We have same issue going on one year. No one can ID. Your symptoms describe exactly our same issue. Help!


07:01AM | 06/20/16
Has anyone found the source of the raid smell? We have it outside, I suspected farmers but, have reason to think it is not. I researched for any plants/trees that smell JUST LIKE RAID, nothing. After reading here I am suspecting the septic system and glad our problem is outdoors! How can a septic system smell like raid? Did anyone ever get any answers?


09:57AM | 09/30/16
Had a house built 3 years ago and the walk out basement concrete stinks. We thought it was the carpet so tore it out. It wasn't. I smelled the concrete and that's where it's coming from. I'm wondering if the concrete has flyash in it and it's gassing off. I can't even go down there.
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