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phillysfinest4 12-09-2012 01:44 PM

Exhausted all options?! Need help getting rid of cigarette smoke
I purchased a home a few months ago. At the time my wife and I viewed it it just smelled like a vacant house. Well leading up to settlememt the old owners moved back in for 10 days to get rid of their stuff. Upon moving in, it stunk like cigarrettes. I replaced all the carpet with either new carpet or laminate floors. All the walls were treated with Kilz. A few days ago I hired a duct cleaner (member of the NADCA) to clean the ducts. They did a good job, I can actually feel the heat coming out of the them as well as see inside the ducts through the vents. The problem is the smell coming from the ducts is still horrible smelling of stale cigarettes. The cleaner did not use any chemicals to treat fyi. I am lost for options. Can someone help steer me in the right direction.

Thank you!

Bondo 12-09-2012 01:53 PM

Ayuh,... Change the air filter in yer air handler, 'n spray Fabreeze through it with it runnin'....

Also spray it anywhere, 'n everywhere ya can into the ducting...

Fix'n it 12-09-2012 07:28 PM

have the furnace cleaned.

noquacks 12-10-2012 06:27 PM

Time will fix the awful stinkin smoke. Yes- the chemicals that produce the stink will become oxidized by the fresh air, continuously being introduced into the home. I know its not a quick fix- smoke is one of the worst odors to eliminate. Fabreez- thats a waste of $$- just temporary/cover up. That smells too. Air out the house every day, and do not quit! This will take weeks!

I worked as a fire damage repair expert years ago. Smoke damage repair costs $$$$$. Of course, your situation is not as severe as a fire produced smoke, but many principles still apply.....

ToolSeeker 12-10-2012 08:31 PM

While you are waiting for it to air candles may help and they say live plants help to a degree.

bmg97 12-10-2012 08:40 PM

Try this

tibberous 12-10-2012 09:42 PM

Btw, I think ozone is pretty dangerous - it has the same class 4 MDS ranking as nerve gas. It's an oxidizer, like hydrogen peroxide and bleach.

bmg97 12-11-2012 07:36 PM

Ozone is dangerous if you don't follow instructions. It's good for killing odors.

noquacks 12-12-2012 04:58 PM


Originally Posted by bmg97 (Post 1071335)
Ozone is dangerous if you don't follow instructions. It's good for killing odors.

and bacteria/fungus. Much ozone is created in swimming pool chlorine systems. Kills the green algae.

retired guy 60 12-12-2012 05:14 PM

For what it is worth, several years ago Consumer Reports rated Sharper Image's Ionic Breeze as unacceptable due to excessive ozone which was deemed a health risk. After that rating, the company designed a newer model producing less ozone but the newer model was not rated very highly anyway.

Jay 78 12-13-2012 01:55 PM

Meguiar's Odor Eliminator - you'll find it at the auto parts store. It doesn't mask odors, it eliminates them. I smoke, and even nonsmokers - who aren't desensitized to the smell - think I don't smoke in my truck. That's the ultimate testament to how well this stuff works.

bassJAM 12-13-2012 03:18 PM

I think the ozone generator next to your return air vent would be a good idea, and then run the HVAC fan continuously if you have that option.

Next best thing I can think of is light candles close the the vents when you are home and let time take away the stink.

jmd87 12-13-2012 03:21 PM

I never had it done, but does a duct cleaner physically clean the heat exchanger and evap. coil (if you have central air)?

You said you sprayed the walls with kilz, what about the ceilings? That was my muse in my home.

bassJAM 12-13-2012 03:28 PM

jmd brings up a good point. Your ducts might have been cleaned, but what about the coil inside your HCAV unit?

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