About 1-2 months ago now we remodeled out bathroom. New grout, new tiles, new
floor, new toilet. Since then, there has been a very very very strong chemical
smell in the bathroom that simply will not go away. It almost smells like the
fresh grout but 10 times worse and just builds up if the door is kept shut, but
completely dissipates if door is left open (smell does not go into hallway or
rest of house when door is open, just goes away). I would like to note we are on
city water but not city sewage, we have a septic tank. If anyone has any ideas
on what it could be or how to get rid of it, please help. We now dread having to
use of brand new bathroom due to the smell and it's hard to breathe the smell.
Thanks in advance
On Sat, 8 Oct 2016 13:24:33 -0400, "David L. Martel"
Do you guys know you're not replying to anyone? This is another repost
from Homos Hub. The original post is probably from the 19th or 20th
century. By now, the OP is in prison after the police discovered the
remains of his murdered family inside his bathroom's walls. He was
charged and found guilty of the murders, and sent to prison.
Wish this chemist could help but can't.
I googled it up and got a lot of hits like this:
Odors like those in new carpet dissipate with time. New chemical is not
created and what was smelling has to diminish.
I might first try washing with something that contains bleach.
Did you use any " plastic " plumbing pipe ?
... perhaps used the wrong " glue " with it ?
.. just a wild guess.
Can you use your nose to locate the likely source ?
ie : floor ; tub ; under sink ;
Sorry, but your story sounds like a bit of hysteria.
Please don't take insult.
Some other poster provided a URL about grout smells.
The article describes odors grout might acquire over time,
_not_ the smell of new grout.
New grout doesn't have much of a smell.
The part you describe above about the smell being really bad
in a confined space but not traveling into the hallway, is
just not the way smells work. If the smell is bad in the bathroom,
the smell will be in the hallway.
Maybe you should ask a friend or 2 if they smell anything.
replying to Dan Espen, Jymmeh1993 wrote:
All 3 of us in the house notice the smell, then a family friend came for a visit
and she said she did too. And I know, it's really weird cause I know smell
should permeate into the hallway when the doors are left open but it just goes
away or perhaps with all the fresh air it gets really diluted? I just know we
really want it to be figured out lol
Thanks for not taking insult.
I still can't think of any explanation for a smell going from
unbearable to zero in a few feet.
Have you tried getting really close to the grout and other
things in the room and sniffing?
Perhaps break off a piece of grout and take it out of the room
and see if the smell follows.
Is there an exhaust fan in the room? If so, run it until the
smell stops. Otherwise leave the window partially open.
All smells eventually dissipate. One of the worst is cat pee.
I had a sick cat and it took a long time for the smell to
go but it eventually did.
Google searches for new grout smells, turn up one thread
about a rotten egg smell.
That's hydrogen sulfide. Is that the smell you have?
replying to Dan Espen, Jymmeh1993 wrote:
We do have an exhaust fan but it needs replaced so don't want to let it run when
we aren't home (needs replaced and cleaned out, big build up of dust up there
and just haven't had time yet) and no window in the bathroom, the bathroom is
actually split up, one side has the sink and vanity then there is a wall and
door to the side that had the tub and toilet in, this is the section that has
the smell. We haven't tried sniffing around to try and find the culprit yet but
we will do that next. We have cats and dogs so used to having some smelly smells
sometimes but this isn't an organic or living smell, it's definitely chemical or
To answer some of the other questions about the toilet, we did replace the wax
ring but we even caulked around the toilet (idk why, we just did so no hate
please lol) so if the seal or ring broke I don't think we would be getting any
smells up from there. We just got back from the store and got some heavy duty
bathroom cleaning supplies with bleach so we will smell the grout while it's
still dry and then use the cleaning supplies and smell it tomorrow to see if
that makes it go away.
replying to Stormin' Norman, Jymmeh1993 wrote:
We didn't paint anything at all, and the vanity is the original, only replaced
the sink in the vanity but it's separated from the shower/tub and toilet, and
the smell is on that side not the "powder room" side (when the door between the
two sections is shut that is)
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