Hi all. Posting here because this thread essentially describes our current problem. We’re going crazy and about to just move out until problem is fixed, but hope to avoid that drastic step and associated costs and headaches…
Much of the bad odor may be getting in through our false ceiling (and/or coming through cracks in walls, floor etc.) However, we don’t have option of sealing up the false ceiling as the AC system for our apartment resides there so that would mean we seal our air conditioning, too! Can anyone recommend a contractor or company that deals with building-wide issues like this? We’re thinking for starters just get building to install fans at roof to suck all odor straight up vs. let it waft into various apartments along the way so easily. We’d especially welcome tips on who can help or dos and don’ts with this approach!
Our building is about 13 stories and no doubt shared vents from other floors let us endure a variety of odors/smells ranging from terrible toilet/sewer smell to shampoo, to old grease and other food odors (usually more like food waste vs. cooked fresh food).
We also have an extra, related issue: mold (or “mould”). Sometimes we smell in the basement parking garage. Sometimes near elevator at first floor lobby. Sometimes at other floors, generally in elevator lobby area. And when we recently left town for a few days and left apartment closed, we came back to overwhelming mold odor INSIDE our own apartment. Concern is more about health impact of breathing mold spores than the unpleasant smell. We seek someone who can not only clean the mold throughout building, but also prevent moisture from leaking into and colllecting inside the building (whether from outside, from pipes inside, or otherwise) so the mold doesn’t come back).
We realize tolerance of odor and mold issues here is much higher than elsewhere. (My mother-in-law basically says it’s our problem (apparently we’re imaging it! or perhaps everyone else is either oblivious or assumes that’s the normal state of things.) We get that. Nonetheless, we want to find expert(s) who can help with the issues:
- General smells leaking into our apartment from neighbors (priority one, so we can sleep through night vs. wake up to neighbor’s stench from toilet etc).
- Mold - find and remove it and thus remove the source of smell too.
- Fix leaks to prevent future water seeping into building walls/floors/ceilings and causing mold to return.
Many thanks from me and my family for any referrals and/or advice!