View Full Version : Chemical Smell Coming through air vents

Jun 18, 2007, 12:51 PM
My question is going to sound odd, but every professional I have spoke to on the phone has said they have never hear of such an issue. Last Friday, we had some asphalt removed from our garage door that was splattered by the company who repaved our driveway. The same company came out to clean up the mess. Needless to say, they poured the rest of the paint thinner they used to clean with in our grass. We can home on Sunday morning and the whole house smells like paint thinner or some type of chemical. The more the air conditioner kicks on the worse the smell gets. We have opened the windows and ran the air for 1 1/2 days, but the smell is still there. We were home on Friday morning and there was no smell, so I have to believe it has something to do with what they cleaned our garage door with? However, the smell is not found on the garage door. Any assistance or advice anyone can give will be greatly appreciated.

Oct 24, 2010, 04:51 AM
I had this happen YEARS ago where I taught school. The contractors poured the paint thinner right under your fresh air intakes for the air conditioning system. Because it was a high concentration of product in a small area--it will take a while for the chemical to evaporate. It has also leeched into the soil--so it might take a while to leave. What the school had to do to get rid of it: dig up the soil where the chemical was poured and dispose of it. Fill hole with clean soil. Change AIR FILTERS in your duct work. They have become saturated with the chemical.