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Odor From Neighbours Unit Travelling Through heat Vents

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Posted by: from North York
12/15/2011 at 6:07:31 PM

Hello,

I just recently bought a semi-detached him. Did the inspection and this was obviously not noticed at the time.

Specific times of the day strong food smells come through the heating vents and vent above the oven. At one point I went to the attik and noticed the smell is 100 times stronger there.

I spoke to the neighbour and he told me " I have lived here for 13 years and no one had complained of such thing"

Please help.

Yasser

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Date/Time12/28/2011 at 11:26:18 AM

Hi Yasser,

You indicated that your neighbour is there long time, can you ask him if he cleaned his vents?

See if the kitchen vents are going outside or to the roof. And make sure that your roof vents are working and removing the bad air, if its an old house you might not have a roof vent and then see if he will share expenses with you.

Check if your kitchen vent and his are sharing the same pipe outside or the outside openings are close to each other.

Hope this can help

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Date/Time1/8/2012 at 8:46:08 PM

Sounds like you are sharing the same venting and it has come apart some were, and if your heat ducts go threw the attic they need to be resealed at the joints.

Do you venting with the proper aluminum tape from your building store not duct tape its not fire rated.

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Yasser in North York
Date/Time1/23/2012 at 12:05:24 PM

Hello,

Thank you guys for the reply.

The house is almost 30 years old.

The neighbor is not a cooperative person, thus I wouldn't be able to get any info out of him. He tells me he does not have an opening to his attic, and to a degree it makes sense since it is a flat roof.

I did go inside the attic and saw about a 5 inch opening running all the way on the shared wall. I don't know if our vents are shared or not, I know for a fact it does not open to the outside, it may be going up into the attic.

Do you think closing off that opening in the attic between my attic and his would fix the problem?

One theory I have is that at some point his kitchen vent became disconnected (or as someone told me may have been vented into the open attic) and the smell is coming into my attic and getting into my vent system.

Who would know how to fix this problem -- HVAC folks?

Thanks

Yasser

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Date/Time1/24/2012 at 2:36:15 PM

Yassur,

Do you have a furnace in your house? or is only on your neighbors side?

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Yasser in North York
Date/Time1/24/2012 at 7:15:44 PM

Yes, we have our own heating system, nothing is shared but the shared "party" wall.

Thanks,

Yasser

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Date/Time2/24/2012 at 7:57:48 PM

Hi Yasser,

Can you send me your address?

Send it to my email not for the public so I can go on Google and see it, I might see something...

Thanks

Harry C.

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Yasser in North York
Date/Time2/25/2012 at 2:26:41 PM

Thank you so much,

I have sent you an email through Handy Canadian -- through request a quote pathway.

Thanks again,

Yasser

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