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Is this possible? Smelling neighbours smoke.

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beatie Wed 09-Mar-05 19:45:05

We live in a Victorian terraced house. We have no carpets downstairs, just original stripped floorboards - so there are quite a few gap sin them.

Just recently, DH and I have begun to smell smoke, like tobacco, in our dining room. The dining room wall adjoins a house which is rented out and I believe new tennants have just moved in. I think they have laminate flooring in that house (if what I saw when nosing through the window is correct.

The smokey smell is only in the evening. Is it possible the tennants next door are smoking and the smell is filtering up through our floorboards? How is this possible if they have sealed laminate flooring? Or could something slowly be smouldering away under our floorboards It definitely smells like tobacco though and is rather stale and yucky!

beatie Wed 09-Mar-05 19:47:31

Wouldn't it be just great if our family were inhaling second-hand smoke even when we are shut away in a non-smoking house?! Or rather not.

I wonder what we could do? It's really unpleasant.

franch Wed 09-Mar-05 19:47:36

We're in a flat but we get smoke from 2 floors down - yuck - esp when pg

Tinker Wed 09-Mar-05 19:53:30

Do you have an adjoining chimney breast? Think it's possible, Victorian houses are very leaky.

Whizzz Wed 09-Mar-05 19:56:41

Possibly coming up through floor boards as there are bound to be lots of gaps, with it being an old house. We had a similar problem in our old house (vict terrace). Our neighbours smoked near their back door but the smoke used to blow into our house if we had the kitchen window open. I think if you don't smoke either, you get over-sensitive to it too & can pick up even tiny whiffs

WideWebWitch Wed 09-Mar-05 19:58:40

I can sometimes smell smoke from next door and ours is a terrace too.

beatie Wed 09-Mar-05 20:02:51

Phew - I am glad we're not going mad and also don't have to go hunting under the floorboards looking for a fire

And as Franch pointed out, I am pregnant too, so much more sensitive to this. I guess it won't be so bad when Spring comes and I can open the back door. Perhaps I'll get some kind of odour neutraliser in the meantime.

champs Thu 10-Mar-05 00:20:38

bleugh! my neighbour smokes in garden or front porch, in the summer smoke waffs from back garden into our living room if we have windows open. so either have stuffy house of smokey one. I hate it.

anorak Thu 10-Mar-05 00:49:59

If you have stripped floorboards, you can seal up the gaps between them. I can't remember what you use to do it, but I'm certain you can seal them up. It's usually a measure people use to stop draughts.

fostermum Thu 10-Mar-05 08:05:38

my daughter has this problem in there flat,people down stairs smoke all filters into her flat giving DS cough

tribpot Thu 10-Mar-05 08:28:46

Definitely possible. We live in a brand new building with laminate flooring and the smell of smoke from downstairs is appalling at times. I thought this even before pregnant so you can imagine what it's like now.

To the point where it's one of the reasons I am considering moving before the baby comes (June). I don't want to be all paranoid about fag smoke but when the smell is so strong it's horrible - you'd never let someone smoke around your baby but all the time the neighbours are puffing away and sending their bloody smoke upstairs

northstar Thu 10-Mar-05 08:32:06

I live in a new house (although built rather badly) and can often smell cigarette smoke from my two chain-smoking next-door neighbours, especially up in the loft where I have stored all the stuff for the new baby. When i went to south africa the house stank of cigarette smoke when i got back because all the doors and windows had been closed for a month. It's really annoying. The best thing for removing the smell is tea tree oil.

Reethi Thu 10-Mar-05 08:44:55

We also live in a victorian terrace house and constantly smell our neighbours cigarette smoke, as well as her loud rap music, noisy sex screams and constant shouting at her kids, it really pisses me off. We used to live in a flat and moved for all of those reasons (apart from the noisy sex screams, he was single and not that attractive).

helsi Thu 10-Mar-05 19:52:29


but then again it is possible.

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