The day we closed on the house we noticed a fairly strong chemical smell (bleach/chlorine like) in the house but chalked it up to the house being closed up. Almost all compounds formed are volatile and great effort is required to stabilize them. I can’t imagine what you’re going through. Answered by broderbund: Thank You LCD for your detailed response......as you can imagine this issue is driving me a little crazy so am grateful for any potential ideas/help. Of course, that type of contractor would have police as at least one of it not their most common customer so if the answer is yes, they will undoubtedly inform the police - probably required to by law, so your attorney should be present during the walkthough to contact the police on your behalf first before they hear about it from a third party. 16) not that it smells really like bleach, but if gas water heater or furnace, smell at the exhaust flue on roof, or outdoors if direct-vent unit (just a few sniffs - don't do for long and suffocate yourself or pass out) to smell if it is exhaust smell from those appliances - if so, you may have a backdrafting vent hood at the unit, or a flue leak. No need to panic, but don't let it go, either. Sources of chlorine smells include swimming pools, unbalanced or hard water, cleaning solutions and bleach. My only thought was a Freon leak or something else wrong with my central a/c unit, but having never smelled Freon, I'm not sure. 2) just to be sure - you did say several people smell it, right - so it is not just one person's sense of smell gone haywire, right ? In some cases, children may consume cleaning products that contain chlorine. For example I will have a terrible reaction to lavender, or to paint that nobody else smells or nobody smells it very strongly, it but we can always hunt it down and find the source. As your furnace ages, worn bearings may cause the blower motor to seize up or bind. If you join online, you can save 20% on an annual plan by using the promo code ANSWERS. The bleach smell stops when chlorine completely dissipates. A chlorine smell can come from certain cleaners spilled on towels or rugs. Has he brought some home and stored it somewhere? It's used to sterilize instruments in dentists office etc ---- we've spoken to several people at the company and feel pretty comfortable this is not the smell we are experiencing. Thanks for your question and we look forward to assisting you! Glad you are too. Worst case is usually ground/groundwater contamination cases where excavation around/under foundation and/or basement slab and sealing to prevent odor infiltration, and even that generally does not involve tearing down the house. That is generally limited to carpets and heavily contaminated unwashable curtains, rugs, mattresses, unfinished rough wood or fabric wall coverings, and the like. We do have a leak in the slab part of the house.....water has been shut off as we determine best way to repair ------ just don't think that could be causing the smell. Install an activated carbon filter at your tap to eliminate residual chlorine in water safely delivered to your home. Our house is old and the basement unfinished with a pargged stone foundation so we can see everything - a drywall. We use unscented everything. yellowing of white plastic, especially coat hangers. There's no leak, no visable mold. Answered by IAQwish: Don't know if original poster will check this as it's a couple of years.. OK, I had mold growing behind my medicine cabinet. That is one source of another opinion at to the source of the smell - an Animal Removal specialist. So frustrating! 17) one last option - don't really smell like bleach to me, but some wood funguses do have an astringent, sharp, very chemically smell - so could be significant wood rot from a leaking pipe in the house - though would not expect that to be detectable very far outside the house if at all. Cat litter is super absorbsent and can capture the moisture that's in the air--given enough time. I'd have the water tested and see how much chlorine is actually in it. You did not say if you are adjacent to industrial property with storage warehouses which might have leaking chemicals, a chemical plant or water/sewage treatment plant or laundry facility or such which could be leaking or illegally disposing of chemicals, or a landfill which could be leaking or discharging odorous materials. Common contaminated surfaces cleanup modes for your sort of case, assuming an in-house contamination source (as opposed to groundwater contamination or buried waste or drifting-in contamination or such): 1) commonly, a bleach or hydrogen peroxide or solvent or borax (depending on chemical) cleanup protocol is used, using "wet-wiping" techniques - like mopping all surfaces, commonly with either a second person following to wipe up the excess liquid after a short exposure time, or sometimes vacuuming the remnant up - usually followed by normal detergent wash using TSP to remove residual and the cleaning chemical. Ditto to leaking containers that rusted through the bottom of the can and is vaporizing or maybe reacting with the shelving material. Why does my drinking water sometimes smell like chlorine? It is also possible, if prior drug lab use is a viable likelihood, that the attorney will recommend asking the police if they will do a meth test on surfaces in your house - but that brings in the possibility of case 6 b) below with police condemnation of the house, at least till it is investigated and has been cleaned up to whatever local or state standards your area might have. That was last week. Other people smell the bleach smell, they just don't have horrible sinus pain from it. Next step is to hire an environmental firm to test for what chemical is present in the house......it's strong enough that it will be asborbed into your clothing if you spend 15 minutes in the house.......any thoughts/help are greatly appreciated! (Sounds like a fine glass of wine - strong gaseous notes with a hint of mildew. Weird News. http://somechicksblog.com/make-meth/meth-smell-is-something-not-easily-h... c) or in cases of major contamination (almost always from gross area-wide soil/groundwater contamination) sometimes permanently condemned and then remediated under CERCLA or RCRA or such (remember Superfund and Love Canal, which started this way with groundwater-borne gas infiltrating into the houses and causing illnesses). I am not living there. Upon my dad's recommendation, I took the cap off my condensate pipe that collects condensation both from my A/C and from my dehumidifier, and stuck my nose right up to it. Oh - one thing - you said IAQ expert was in attic - did he/she check out the rest of the house, and was the smell noticed/identified by that person ? Today the termite guy came to inspect (do not freak it isn't termites) and noticed the lines to my geothermal furnace were dripping at the couplings and a small puddle of water on the floor! Is it possible that some chemical your husband uses is on his clothes? Ozone generator is sometimes used (most commonly for smoke odor from fire (accidental or heavy wood stove/fireplace use) or from tobacco use - it can eliminate odors from a range of organic compounds if it reaches to it, so normally circulated through the air duct system to reach all areas. There was an entertainment center in the house that we gave to our handy man.....he put it in his garage and recently told us it smelled up his entire garage with the chemical smell!!! Here's how to fix the most common problem spots. My … 5) electronic device (TV is a common one) with overheating power supply (which is usually always on) causing hot plastic smell, which can include chlorinated or brominated products - as in prior comments, unplug electronic/electrical devices and leave unplugged for several days, 6) scorched guts in a microwave or toaster oven or such, 7) of course as mentioned before, smell at breaker box and around outdoor electrical boxes for possible overheating/burning insulation smell, 8) halogen, CFL, LED, low-voltage, track lights - check at each of them or swap out bulbs one by one temporarily - when they or their transformers start overheating can cause a real nasty strong chemical smell. We've had no less than 10 people take a look at the issue (contractors, fire department, IAQ experts, pest control, plumbers, hvac). Light smell of chlorine but washed walls, aired out and it was fine. Since undergoing chemo more than 15 years ago, I have developed all kinds of reactions to ordinary smells. This assessment, which I expect will total in the thousand or two range assuming no gross contamination, will likely (at least way I would do it) involve possible on-site wipe samples tested onsite with a "shake and bake" chemical family identification kit to determine what class of strong contaminants are present on surfaces in the attic (done with wipes which are then put in test tube with different chemicals to identify class of contaminant) and maybe in ducts and on walls as well, and possibly by using a "Drager Air Pump" or similar sampling tester which pulls air into a handheld test machine to react with specific identifier tubes of chemical to determine the class of the contaminant - this is wha tis generally used by fire departments and major chemical spill first responders to determine what contaminants are coming out of fires or transportation spills. Perhaps bleach had been sprayed in the attic before and the Sporicidin reacted when it was sprayed down. How to Get a Lingering Smell Out of Your House. we have the EXACT thing going on in our house, but no idea where it is coming from or how to get rid of it. If left untended, these sparks and melting wires create enough heat to start a fire in your home. Can also happen with wood foundation elements constantly wet. Our call center is available 8:00 am-9:00 pm weekdays and 8:00-5:00 pm ET on Saturdays. - you can google for the smelll from that, but usually ammonia or wet diaper/urine smell, rotten egg smell, ether, auto parts cleaner, non-perfumey sweet sticky smell, iodine, acetone, etc. Interesting. No visible mold but slimy smelly. Poured solution , inserted hose and blew out the line several times. My service guy always pours bleach in the condensate line to prevent algae, mold, and mildew growth. News. Our call center is available 8:00 am-9:00 pm weekdays and 8:00-5:00 pm ET on Saturdays. I do not know if other non geothermal units have a drain hose like this but it is worth checking on any units that might have a drain tube such as mine! I used to live somewhere where I could always taste and smell the chlorine, but some days/weeks it was definitely stronger than others. If you get your water from a well and are smelling a chlorine or bleach odor, you may need to have your water system flushed. I've read some pretty scary scenarios on the web and it does create a very strong chemical smell which is absorbed into clothing, furniture, etc. Answered by LCD: I sympathize with your problem - other than the thoughts I gave before, here are follow-up ones resulting from your reply: 1) in attic, wearing gloves and dust mask and washing self and clothing well afterwards, I would locally pull back the insulation in the area where the rodent infestation was and smell under the insulation and at any gaps in the plastic sheet vapor barrier (if you have one under joists and on top of underlying ceiling drywall) - possible urine or disinfectant left untreated under insulation (if a large infestation) that is not noticeable in the attic because it was treated at the surface of the insulation but if getting into the house because it is trapped under the insulation and vapor barrier - not likely, but a possibility. Or a neighbor's unit, especially if in outdoor utility closet if in non-freezing area. | Often I can smell things that other people can't but the smell is actually coming from somewhere. 4) heater element in dishwasher staying on all the time, overheating plastic and causing it to stink. Towels would smell of it after a shower and you could definitely smell it in the bathroom when the towels were hanging to dry. 22) oh - also if there was new flooring (including floor paint or epoxy) put in, smell that - it commonly outgasses a fair amount and is a very common source of this sort of complaint. It might just be a humidity issue that's causing the smell. But our relative air humidity in the basement is very good because we have a continual dehumidifier running down there and have sloped all exterior surfaces away from the foundation and caulked well everywhere. Room smelled afterwards. 3) unshippable chemicals dumped by the previous owner outside the house somewhere, or into a drain - especially if on septic, though the right solvents poured down drain could have melted through plastic pipe and caused formation of a pool of waste chemicals in, under or outside the house. Our cleaning person is sensitive to my needs and only cleans with my products. May have spilled a bottle of bleach or such during moveout that smells anuytime it gets moist (like from dishwasher venting of damp air for instance), 1) heavily used or spilled bleach or bleach-based cleanser - airing out would normally clear this out in a couple of days unless in a confined space like in the subfloor under cabinets, or drained out of cabinet under it and from there into or under the flooring, 2) bleach used to wash down bathroom, kitchen or basement walls that were growing mildew/mold - unless liberally poured on cracks in the floor or around edges of wall should dissipate in a week or so, but if poured in could be reactivated anytime the area got mosit from humid bathroom or kitchen air or such. HAHAHA! 9) Strong chlorine smell could also be from some industrial/commercial cleaner in the public sewers backing into your line and venting into the house through a faulty vent system or dried out floor drain. Some laser printers emit ozone. Need professional help with your project? However, reduced Os is stable in strong non-oxidizing acids. Bleach smell is on the general meth or drug manufacturing chemicals list for processing and for cocaine/heroid processing too - but could as well be present if used in high concentrations to try to remove the other odors. We took down the medicine cabinet and it smelled really bad. You can join by visiting www.angieslist.com or by giving us a call. Privacy Policy | We've had multiple people under the house investigating the crawl space with no odor. 14) look around for a hidden spot you do not know about - in-wall storage, under-stair cubby, attic (including possible separate attic over garage or such), utility closet bins or cabinets, fruit cellar, wall safe etc which might have leaking chemicals or rotting food or such in it. Have you had your HVAC serviced lately? Our phone number is 888-944-5478. 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