Chemical smell in a new construction crawl space
Hi folks, great site.
I have a crawlspace in a new house that smells of chemicals. The dirt floor is sealed with a vapor barrier and the walls have Spray Foam Insulation. The space is pretty airtight.
My ERV was installed incorrectly (another story) and sometimes the smell from the crawlspace comes up into the house. Makes my eyes burn, and it gives me a headache. Hopefully that will be fixed this week!
Should I be able to smell the foam 2 months after it has been installed?
How can I tell if I am jumping to the conclusion that it's the foam and not something else, for example floor stain off gassing that never left the crawlspace.
It's pretty scary to think that my new home could be toxic, and I don't want to overreact.
Suggestions on a good path to follow to check things out would be greatly appreciated.
Posted Sep 1, 2014 9:26 PM ET
Edited Sep 2, 2014 6:22 AM ET
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