Latest Discussions : Basement & Foundation

BV005076

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!

BV007159

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 angelo.volpe@gmail.com

Thanks
Angelo

BV007485

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

BV008291

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
Rachaelflatt16
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..!!!

BV011262

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

BV011625

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!

BV012002

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?

BV013025

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.

Cubby

02:01PM | 10/11/16
Member Since: 10/11/16
2 lifetime posts
I do not have an answer...but i do have the same darn issue. It came up a few days ago. I thought it was Freon but I learned that Freon is odorless. The weird thing is that the smell comes and goes. Two story cape built in 1988 in MA, No HVAC, forced hot water 2 zone furnace in basement, separate water heater. The smell wanders from room to room for random periods of time (several minutes to several hours) and then completely goes away. I have not smelled it in the basement.

I'm posting because I smelled "raid" in the neighborhood a day or so ago.

A Raidy-refrigorator-airconditioner smell is the best I can come up with. The sites I've visited all say "just keep sniffing" but I'm getting dizzy!

BV013860

04:25PM | 05/10/17
Hi...Im the original poster..again. no luck and it gets worse. Thank you to the poster who suggested a dehumidifier. I bought 2 plus 2 high end air purifiers that run 24 hrs a day. Smell comes and foes but some days its unbearable. To the poster that said his was "outside". In another subdivision, workers were digging up pipes and plants at a gated entry to a Country Club and when I went by, I smelled it! Its crazy! Im going to try a Rainbow Machine...companycomes out and uses a charcoal system to clean air...ill let you all know if it works.

BV015345

12:56AM | 12/22/17
Has anyone figured out the source of this odor? Our garage started smelling like pesticide two days ago. We have lived in the house 10 years and never experienced anything like it.

BV015583

12:17AM | 01/27/18
I have the same problem. I just had the fire department out and they can smell it but can't identify where it is coming from. They said that the smell seemed to move and would be strong in one spot and then disappear. The smell was strongest around sewer pipes where they went in to the soil. The smell was very similar to fingernail polish remover or acetone. No body can pin it down. It's crazy. Maybe it's the ghost of a dead bug that I killed with raid! Lol

laurensandes

01:06AM | 02/19/18
Member Since: 02/19/18
2 lifetime posts
Hi Guys, I have the same problem like this. My house is 10 years old and when I checked the status of my basement it stink very bad. After that my best friend suggest me that for these kind of work, professional should be hire. And I hire a piling contractors for basement work, you can also hire a http://www.pilingexperts.com.au/ from here. And I am fully satisfied with their work.

BV016461

08:13PM | 05/28/18
Hi all, I think I have an answer for you.. My garage started with the nasty smell a couple of weeks ago and I could not find any source, it got so bad I hated going in there as it gave me a headache. The barn was built over 30 years ago with no issues until now. After reading all these posts it got me to wondering if it was the stack of bagged cement left over from a project. It has been there for about 5 years now, covered with a tarp. We took the tarp off and by this afternoon, the smell has gone. So, is there something in the concrete mix itself? Just an observation, I hope it steers you all to a solution, maybe sealing your floors or ?

BV017270

11:44AM | 08/29/18
I was chopping down some mini bamboo today in my backyard in Tulsa, OK and noticed it smells EXACTLY like raid pest control. Anybody who lives by these plants or has bamboo in their house might want to take a closer look at them possibly causing the raid smell. If it isn’t the bamboo itself maybe it’s something that initially grew on the bamboo such as a fungus that’s made itself at “home” in your home.

BV018307

06:08AM | 12/31/18
BV005076, I bought this house 3 years ago and I started having problems in the garage 3 weeks ago, it smells like pesticides, some days the smell is not too bad and some days I can't stand the smell like yesterday, have solved your problem?

BV018936

10:06AM | 03/22/19
Has anyone found a solution yet?

BV018957

08:07AM | 03/25/19
Did you ever find out what was causing the odor?

BV019010

10:00PM | 04/02/19
Please tell me someone found something that caused it. Our of no where my kids bathroom reeks of pesticide. I won’t let them in there. It’s only in the bathroom. Help!

BV019722

07:04PM | 07/08/19
Ghosts?

BV019761

12:04PM | 07/14/19
I just moved into a brand new development and I’m having the same issue. It’s a smoky chemical smell. It’s in all my clothes now too. I can smell it coming from one wall in particular. It’s like fumes coming from the walls. I catch a whiff time to time when walking through the house. The whole hiss and garage has the smell. When I live for trips and return after several days (doors and windows all shut and no ventilation while I’m gone) the smell is horrific! It’s a nauseating smell too. I can taste it in my water if I leave a cup of water out. Management can’t figure it out. I think it’s whatever material they used to make the walls because now that it’s summer it seems that the walls are heating up and releasing more of this smell.

BV019769

12:12AM | 07/16/19
Did anyone found the source. I have the same issue of chemical like smell. It’s also similar to biting oil like. The only place I get is my study room facing outside on 1st floor and garage. Funny that no other room has it with the exception of once when entire house fitnesses it. It was so sharp that I got up from my sleep but after that it’s only in one room. The smell only comes in the morning and disappears. Nearest I have been able to locate outside is at the corner of my patch where I see a big hole dug and once I saw a squirrel come out of it. The size of the hole is big and almost feels like some skunk dig it.

BV019791

12:23AM | 07/18/19
Has anyone figured out what (or where) the bug spray smell might be coming from? I haven't noticed it until today, not until I was walking the property shortly after an afternoon deluge. I thought it might possibly be our sewer backing up because of all the rain today, but it's been super dry for more than a week, so I don't see any reason why it would be backing up. The air has a sweet bug spray smell to it, and it doesn't seem to be any stronger near the drain field than it is in the field behind the barn. It's like it's everywhere. Fortunately, I'm not experiencing the smell inside the house. Not sure if it makes any difference, but our house is 130yrs old with a red granite foundation, and we do NOT have any concrete or cement in the construction except for a four inch layer in the cellar. As for the smell being outside, we do have a cottage-like structure at the back of the property that was originally built to be a garage. Three quarters of the building is constructed from cement block. That being said, there is no smell on the interior of this particular building. I'm completely baffled by this. Before I hire my sewers cleaned, I thought maybe I'd check here to see if anyone figured this phenomenon out.

BV019945

10:27PM | 08/01/19
Having the same problem just started 3 days ago in my apartment complex. Only in one room,manager came over and she said it smelt chemically but can't pen point it. Horrible smell can't stand it. And definitely don't know exactly where it's coming from. And like many others posted it comes and goes.

BV019968

07:29AM | 08/05/19
This whole thing sounds like satans handy work.. everybody complains of the same smell that propegates and subsides at specific times, gets worse when hot out, some smell it outdoors but it still only gets generated in specific areas... makes me think of decomposing material happening below the surface, like radon.. dunno. I got same issue but is not raid smell. Mine is like the breath of somebody after they ate a garlic pill and old milk.. like a odd seawage gas smell.. is bad and wonr fo away either..

BV019761

10:58PM | 09/02/19
I think I finally discovered the issue: poor ventilation from the sewage pipes. As waste decomposes it gives off a gas. The ventilation or layout for these pipes was not done correctly. That is why I smell a rotting sour smell AND a gas smell. It’s the smell of the waste before and after it decomposes. The smell is really strong at the wall right where the pipes are that run from my upstairs neighbors unit down through my unit. The smell from the wall is a strong smoky, gas, chemical like smell and the smell that permeates throughout the house is a sour, rotting food like smell. I’m calling the city health department tomorrow. I hope I’ve figured this out but I also hope this hasn’t affected my health. I’ve been nauseous for months now.

BV020480

05:31PM | 09/29/19
My house is 4 years old. Same chemical smell. Put in to whole house dehumidifiers with outside air dampers. Works pretty good until dehumidifiers shut off. Then smell comes back. I think it is the cinderblock or the concrete. Cold walls inside on hot cinder block . Makes a bad smell. If you close all your windows and doors and tyrn on ur exhaust fans you can smell the smell being sucked in just put your nose by the electrical outlets on an outside wall.

BV021103

11:02AM | 12/13/19
I recently purchased old house on the slab by the river. The smell in two rooms started to be overwhelming when air gets worm going through the furnace. We started to removing concrete floor to gain access to the area under main plumbing wall between the bathrooms and replacing as much of the old plumbing as we could without ripping off entire concrete floor over the main drain lane to the septic. All that did not help much as the smell keep entering the duct system under the slab and flow into two rooms specifically. Oddly enough, the rooms are located on the two opposite sides of the home.
I am considering two scenarios.
1. Small leak from the main sewer pipe that sipping near the underground duct and release the smell. We tried to camera the pipe but did not find any definite problem. It is old cast iron so we could very easy missed the small crack.
2. I have no idea! 20 years in construction, 10 years as home inspector and I am not able to come up with other logical source of that smell. All I know is that is finding a way into my duct system.
I did found a temporary solution to manage the smell. I installed iWave-r air purifier on my furnace. It took care of the smell almost immediately. It does not fix the issue but allow me to breath in my own house. Downfall, it only works as the air going through the furnace so the fan has to run 24/7. Once stops, smell will return.

BV021269

11:00PM | 01/06/20
We have this too in our apartment in Glendale, CA. Really strong bug spray smell that burns the throat, mouth, nose, eyes... Whatever it is doesn't seem safe to inhale. Manager doesn't know what it is, the smell isn't outside, or anywhere else in the building. Our unit is a converted storage space below all the other units. Debating if we should call the fire department?

BV021300

07:32PM | 01/09/20
Hi!! We built a new house this year and moved in 21/2 mths ago. Within weeks I had skin burning like I was riding a 4wheeler naked in 0° weather for days. It’s excru!!! It continued to build and build so we retreated to my sons room. Now at this point I have Raynolds disease in my feet bc whatever iit is causing major problems. Now the latest is all that plus my spinal cord hurting my kidneys as well. Also burning of eyes, throat and sever lung and arm pain. Now my sons throat is raw with sever cough and breathing problems with failure to thrive and sever nausea. Also my dog started being lethargic like all of us and lost all hair on his ears. Latest is my I’ve been is having Gastro p i’ve been is having Gastro until Robles’s and vomiting also eyes and we all have had sever headaches. Told my husband that he had 30 days to figure this out and I don’t care if it totally destroyed us financially that I didn’t want it when we were walking away because I wasn’t willing to sell it to make someone else sick. When it first began we could leave the house and go somewhere else and it would not follow us. Now at this point I can see a fog but the rest of my family cannot and I can smell some kind of disgusting smell that does smell like raid and it also smells like maple syrup outside my back door and my front door this morning which was oddly strange. My has been contacted our builder and he sent the air conditioning people over here and I said we did have sheet rock dust in our duck syst now at this point I can see a fog but the rest of my family cannot and I can smell some kind of disgusting smell that does smell like raid and it also smelled like maple syrup outside my back door and my front door this morning which was oddly strange. My husband contacted our builder and he sent the air conditioning people over here and I said we did have sheet rock dust in our duct system however I just don’t think that’s the problem it might not be helping anything but this. Fume has been slowly killing me for the last 21/2 months now it’s starting to kill the rest of my family is well and I’m not gonna just sit back here and watch my family die a slow agonizing death. The smell is all over every single thing that is inside my house it gets in our drinks now it is in our cars when we go in other places it follows us and if we stay there will contaminate i. This is such bullshit I just luckily found all of you people !!! I have been doing research I have had the mold people come out I was sure it was mold it was negative so we did formaldehyde and we did the I have been doing research I have had the mold people come out I was sure it was mold it was negative so we did formaldehyde and we did the VOC and it all came back negative. I was certain it was gonna be formaldehyde Because Nail sent my son has been affected and within the last few days when we leave here and I go into TJ Maxx or an Old Navy or Tuesday morning HomeGoods anywhere like that I can get back to the blankets or towels or stuff like that and my son and beat Lee starts coughing like crazy he can’t breathe and my skin set on fire al because Nail sent my son has been affected and within the last few days when we leave here and I go into TJ Maxx or in Old Navy or Tuesday morning home goods anywhere like that I can get back to the blankets or towels or stuff like that and my son and beat Lee starts coughing like crazy he can’t breathe and my skin sits on fire so our eyes. The craziest thing I have ever experienced and I feel like I’m helpless and there’s absolutely nobody I can call to help me and everybody thinks you’re crazy and it doesn’t exist because they don’t have the symptoms like you do!! However at Christmas we did our ugly sweater contest and I didn’t wear one because my skin was absolutely Rall and I have to wear soft stuff so everyone put their sweaters on instantly my face went red and everybody could see this chemical reaction happening on my face and my body and all I was doing was sitting there I’m mediately told everyone to take them off and get them outside and I was messed up for the rest of the night severely.Husband and son rush me to urgent care on Christmas Eve and finally I got a doctor and he looked at me and he immediately said I had lupus I thought I had found the cure even though I was crying I want a cure to get better this was before my son and husband started having severe problems except for the constant nausea. Which by the way nobody could tell me what wa husband and son rushed me to urgent care on Christmas Eve and finally I got a doctor and he looked at me and he immediately said I had lupus I thought I had found the cure even though I was crying I want a cure to get better this was before my son and husband started having severe problems except for the constant nausea. Which by the way nobody could tell me what was causing either. So on Christmas I got a message from my medical records and it confirmed that I had blood in my urine so I was positive that it was lupus will guess what the lupus test was negative!!! My son and myself had to be rushed to the ER a couple of nights ago and they did nothing to help us set our blood work was normal I feel so hopeless !!! I am not crazy I’m not losing my mind something is happening to my family and I feel like everyone is going to die before I figure this out! I told my husband I hate it here I wish we would’ve never built this house this is so much trauma and I don’t want to come back and I cry and Sunday I told him I was on the brink of a nervous break down!!! I called the air-conditioning guy who was still next-door after I went downstairs and I smelled this horrendous horrendous smell I didn’t really know this is what constant building and building and I smelled the raid smell I couldn’t describe it to anyone my husband can’t smell the chemical and my son can’t smell the chemical . So the air-conditioning guy came back and he said I smell it it smells like a chemical I think it might be from your polished concrete floors. I had acid stain floors at my old house and we had no smell whatsoever in my floor they were absolutely beautiful and I love them!!!! That makes sense because if it is on the floor my dog myself my husband my son we walked all over the floor and then we come upstairs. But a couple of times I’ve went in my master bed room and in the bathroom I’ll smell this real foul foul smell and it will be just for a little bit and it will go away and I’ve only smelled it a couple of times they had to come in and re-dig up and jackhammer the concrete under the stand-alone tub to fix it and they said that they original plumber is really jacked stuff up I didn’t even think about that until I read somebody else saying that it’s the plumbing for and also it’s the septic tank causing the smell when it’s decomposing and letting off that gas. But a couple of times of went in my Bester bed room and in the bathroom I’ll smell this real fail fail smell and it will be just for a little bit and it will go away and I’ve only smelled it a couple of times they had to come in and re-dig up and jackhammer the concrete under the stand-alone tub to fix it and they said that they original plumbers really jacked stuff up I didn’t even think about that until I read somebody else saying that it’s the plumbing for and also it’s the septic tank causing the smell when it’s decomposing and let know if that gas whatever is in my house it is definitely a gas and I can feel it that’s why I was certain that we had formaldehyde because it absolutely lets off the fog . In the midst of all this I found some purifying systems to put in my house so I spent $2000 not counting the financial hemorrhaging that we are doing since we’ve moved in here trying to fix or correct or do something for a problem eating out constantly because I’m afraid for my family to cook or eat here it’s just absolutely ridiculous and once again I hate it here this was totally a freaking mistake and I wish we would’ve never done it!!! in the midst of all this I found some purifying systems to put in my house so I spent $2000 not counting the financial hemorrhaging that we are doing since we’ve moved in here trying to fix or correct or do something for a problem eating out constantly because I’m afraid for my family to cook or eat here it’s just absolutely ridiculous and once again I hate it here this was totally a freaking mistake and I wish we would’ve never done it After I got my results from the test for the gas is today I was in total shock and dismay because they were negative and so I called the sales guy at the purifying store And I had also ordered in my stuff from the purifying system that was supposed to be here tomorrow stuff for my clothes which will get out any toxic gases he also sent me a spray that you can use to clean your stuff and it D neutralizes the smell he suggested that he thought immediately when I told him that my gas test as were negative that it was the floor well that was a second person today that they thought this was coming from my floor he said we just need to spray it leave it on there for 20 minutes warm hot water after the 20 minutes and it will they neutralize the smell and will never have to worry about it again!!!!!! and I had also ordered in my stuff from the purifying system that was supposed to be here tomorrow stuff for my clothes which will get out any toxic gases he also sent me a spray that you can use to clean your stuff and it didn’t neutralizes the smell he suggested that he thought immediately when I told him that my gas tester‘s were negative that it was the floor well that was a second person today that they thought this was coming from my floor he said we just need to spray it leave it on there for 20 minutes warm hot water after the 20 minutes and it will they neutralize the smell and will never have to worry about it again !!!!!!! I do not know if this is going to fix my problem I pray with everything inside me because if it doesn’t and we don’t figure it out we are going to leave before my family is not going to die in this place it’s not worth it I would rather go through financial ruin might lose my credit score our cars motorcycle and everything leave everything here even pictures my ornaments that I bought my children since they’ve been born and all my videos everything that absolutely kills me because I don’t want to lose the stuff of my children and my nanny that I lost a couple years ago !!!! If it works I will post and let you guys know on Monday whether or not this is the solution also I’ll have the information for the air purifying system that I bought so if you guys are having any of this problem and you want to try what I tried if it actually works maybe it will help some of you!!!! I am so sorry that this is happening to you guys because I know I have been completely suffering and now watching them suffer it sucks not being able to fix them because I’m the mom that’s what I do and I can’t do anything I feel so helpless !!!! But still ultimately pisses me off at my new house I have to go spend thousands of dollars to be able to make it to where I can exist in this home I think that’s ridiculous and it’s total bull crap!!! we are going to contact the builder again to discuss what we’re gonna do about the air ducks and all that and also I’m going to have them check into the septic system because that makes total sense to me so hopefully that’s the answer if the D neutralizer isn’t !!!! Talk with you guys soon I hope you get well !!!!

BV021418

06:34PM | 01/21/20
Hello, my question would be regarding your neighbors. Do you have them? How far is your home from there’s? Are they nice people?

It would seem that experts have come and found no issue. Of course, that doesn’t mean one isn’t present.

Clandestine meth labs can produce powerful smells which penetrate neighboring homes. If it isn’t an electrical socket, mold, rotting floor boards, etc. I would look elsewhere.

BV021511

06:27PM | 02/02/20
Has anyone found the answer to this problem? We’re having the same issue. Thanks

BV021695

09:16PM | 02/21/20
Dry P-trap floor drain. Pluse turnmon air exchanger.

BV021695

09:23PM | 02/21/20
Pour water in floor drain P-trap intermittently. Flush toilets and run water in tubs, basins and showers that don't get used regularly. Turn air exchanger on bust! I was sick for 20 years cause I never heard of dry traps before. I was sure I was dying. Two weeks sdo, I tried this. No headaches or other ailments for two weeks. A miracle!

BV021873

12:49AM | 03/13/20
Oh lord please help me, we just started a master bathroom remodel first 2 days and after they cut & dug out the concrete floor, cut out some of the old pipes (from 1979) the horrific odor (like a scented raid spray or pesticide) has radiated in that bathroom, to master bedroom, to hall way & now in all bedrooms, main bath and living room, you can smell it everywhere. Our kitchen is on the other side of the house & you can smell it from there but its not in that room. The remodel guys have no clue & basically finished working & re-cemented the concrete in the bathroom. We left for a few hours, have fans, dehumidifier, lysol, fabreeze, candles, all windows & doors open and came back its just as bad the next day. Son in law works for Cal Osha and says he thinks its the old pipes used from 1979 & before, when they cut into them it release the odor that was trapped from integrated old pipes. but that means that all of the pipes under the house to the street are bad, leaking, not ventilating properly & they will have to dig up our home all the way thru as master bath is in the very back.
I am exhausted, emotional, very very nauseous, dry scratchy burning throat, beat red burning itching eyes, stuffy nose & the worst headache i have ever had in my life.
Prayers please. The remodel company doesnt know what to do and i cannot imagine being able to stay here for much longer. I am afraid, confused & lost at this point. All of yoru stories are heartbreaking and i am praying for us and all of you.
If you have any more info, please please let me know.
TY

BV021977

01:05PM | 03/28/20
So I had this smell and my husband mopped the floors and they are concrete with concrobium the smell is gone for now.

BV022141

01:26AM | 04/16/20
We just moved into a brand new house. The smell is only in the master closet. I am so worried. Please help. Smells chemically burning. Had gas company come out and said it wasn’t gas. Can’t find where the smell is coming from. Please pray for me I dealt with a horrific situation that I don’t care to talk about ever and finally got answers to now be dealing potentially with this seemingly dangerous situation.

BV022382

06:56PM | 05/11/20
I went on this site because my husband decided to re do the flooring in one of our bedrooms. The concrete floor did have a bad odor after he removed the old floor. We have no pets. When the floor was ready he had to grind the concrete a bit to level it out. Now the smell in the room is so toxic I can't stand it. This house was built in 1979. When my husband cut into some of the stucco to redo a window it was the same awful smell. I wonder what is in the concrete used in this house. After reading some of the other posts, it reminds me of an old show I watch. Strong medicine. One day some people came in with some problems like headaches breathing etc.. It turned out that some apartments had been built on a site that had been sprayed with some very toxic termite spray before the foundation was poured. They called the EPA to come out to do some testing and they had to condem the whole building because it was to toxic and everyone had to move.I know it was just a show but I can't figure out why no ones ever calls the EPA to check for toxic substances.

BV022573

09:35PM | 05/31/20
I’m having the same issues. Over the past two weeks there has been a very intense smell of Raid that comes and goes in the kitchen area. When the smell is present I feel like I can’t breathe it’s so bad. No one has any idea of what it could possibly be.

BV022581

12:12AM | 06/02/20
We had the same problem, decided to redo 1 room and replastered a portion of it with new cement. The cement smell remained for a few weeks. But the room stil has a slight chemical smell like before, just not so bad, I think it's the old paint that was used many years ago. We scraped and painted over it, but it wasn't completely scraped out... I'm hoping it's the old paint smell which is very toxic.
Also, ensure proper ventilation in every room...airvents must be unblocked n cleaned every few months.
Hope that helps

BV023026

02:28AM | 07/24/20
Perhaps research the land your home was built on. It could be an underlying ground issue... seepage from some source causing the problem.

BV023214

07:34PM | 08/13/20
I found this because like everyone paranoid I decided to google my symptoms. I moved from NY to NC in 2019 to a brand new apartment and certain places I would smell a weird bug spray/chemical type smell. It would bother me in my bedroom and the living room, but just chalked it up to the newness of the materials. I moved again to an older house down the road and now I smell it but not as much, but definitely same smell. I’ve always been sensitive to smells, but this is weird.

BV023471

07:08AM | 09/29/20
Same sweet raid smell come to find out it was old plugins that had burnt out.

BV023477

06:11PM | 09/29/20
There is a possibility of ground residues from prior property use, or migration of residues thru groundwater which can make buildings smell. If it is a bad as some of you are saying look for someone that can test for problematic contaminants. I don't want to alarm anybody but I've had reason to do some research for a problem of my own and have this excerpt to offer from the link listed below:
Trichloroethylene and other volatile organic chemicals may off-gas from contaminated groundwater and soil and migrate into air spaces beneath buildings to enter the indoor air, a process termed vapor intrusion (EPA 2002).
https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxprofiles/tp19-c6.pdf
I hope this offers some of you an answer to intolerable conditions.

BV023668

03:35PM | 10/24/20
I have the same problem. I moved to the apartment 2 years ago and from the beginning there was that weird smell. I little in the apartment and strong outside, on balcony. Even being outside the building I can smell it on some days. I never found solution to get rid of it. Management told me to there is no smell. In my case floor on the balcony has odor, its annoying, sharp, chemical smell. I bought outdoor rug this summer and now it smells too :( i m gonna try concorbium this weekend - some one mentioned it above

BV023671

07:04AM | 10/25/20
I had the same issue and after spending a lot of money I think I know what the issue is. Rain and high water table in the area I live.....the sewer drain line when it was replaced was not properly sealed and the water migrates into the wall cause odors in the bathroom and bedroom above. So now they will have to jackhammer and dig up the area and properly seal so water is not getting into the walls. Everyone had asked "what is the smell like" it was very hard to describe the odor, it causes terrible headaches sinus issues and just takes your breath away when the odor gets really bad. So now I am waiting for the original company the did the sewer drain line to come back. Hopefully this will solve the odor and allow me to stay in the home. If anyone else had had this issue with water leaching into the walls please respond.

BV023688

09:09AM | 10/28/20
Have it in our home.. very strong raid smell.. can't find source.. my skin n is itchy, head woozy and cloudy.. opened windows... Help?


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