smells coming into home from neighbours unit

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Posted by: from
12/27/2012 at 11:36:24 PM


I have been having an issue where I am smelling cooking and burning odurs coming from my neighbours semi detached unit. It seems these are travelling through the ducts, I can smell it from the kitchen exhaust fan and on the upstairs level in the bedroom from the floor register and bathroom etc. It's becoming a big problem as the cooking is done several times throughout the day.

I have to keep my kitchen exhaust fan on continually to clear the odor out my house. I've tried portable air filters, spray, blocking off the kitchen exhaust and it doesn't seem to help.

I've had an inspector check it out and he says he cannot determine why it could be happening. He checked the attic and could not find an issue.

Please help if anyone has any suggestions or heard of this.


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Date/Time1/8/2013 at 1:22:45 PM

Hi Clo,

Sounds like you have an opportunity to meet and get to know your neighbors. My bet would be that their kitchen exhaust fan is broken or clogged, or they just aren't using it. It could also be that they have the fan set up to recirculate which is pretty much useless in a kitchen.

If they are good people they probably don't even know that they are affecting you and would be more than happy to fix whatever they have to.

Good Luck with it!

Jim Kuzma

Kettleby Handyman Services

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Leslie in San Diego
Date/Time8/12/2013 at 1:08:04 AM

Well I think you should tell this to your neighbors and ask them to put on their exhaust fan when cooking.

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