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Modular home smell?
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Rob    Posted 07-22-2004 at 11:51:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My wife and I have been looking at homes and we walked through 2 modular homes. In one we noticed a definite chemical smell, like an epoxy... some type of glue perhaps and the home was 4 years old. In the other house (2 years old) we noticed a chemical type smell but at the time I didn't think it smelled the same. I'm not sure if it was something that the owners caused or not (from painting or fixing things) but I understand that some glue is used in the building process on Modular homes. Is this smell something common with Modular homes or was it just the 2 homes we looked at?

Vern    Posted 07-22-2004 at 22:22:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Manufactured (Mobile) homes have a steel undercarriage. Modular homes are stick built with no steel undercarriage. Modulars are basically built just like a regular site built home except for where they are built. They NEVER have wheels under them except tor the semi-trailers they are hauled on.

From what you are saying I think you are talking about a Mobile/Manufactured home.


Ennis    Posted 07-22-2004 at 15:44:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Since there is a chance of air poison I would find the home I wanted to buy, Have the sales person close the home up for a couple of days and then call the local board of health to come out and do an indoor poison tests to see if the house is healthy to live in even after the smell goes away. We had and apartment checked in Houston Texas and it was full of poisons in the air. We moved to a better place.

SusanMo    Posted 07-22-2004 at 12:33:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well whatever it is they use in mobile homes apparently I was allergic to it. I have lived in mobile homes since i was 19 and suffered with allergies all that time. For the most part most of the homes were close to or next to open fields, so I assumed I was suffering from hayfever and ragweed. Since we moved into our HOUSE which is in the country big field to the north of us and one to the west, I have not had one sniffle or sneeze.

EGH    Posted 07-22-2004 at 12:28:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
we moved into our new home last october and we
had that smell, it did`nt last long. we just aired
it out as much as possible and used febreze.

deadcarp    Posted 07-22-2004 at 12:18:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
You might need an ozone generator like a living air unit - despite the legal BS we used one at the motel for 9 years and i can tell you - if it'll eliminate a skunk smell from under a bathhouse overnite or kill stale cigar odor in a day or kill the mildew downstairs, it's something i want around. Don't buy the cheap ones at target - they're just hepa-filter-eaters. :)

deadcarp- housplants    Posted 07-22-2004 at 12:23:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
To confront the top 3 household polluters namely Benzene, Trichloroethylene, Formaldehyde........

Grow some Warneckii, Madagascar Dragon Tree, Golden Pothos, Gerbera Daisy, English Ivy, Mother-in-law's Tongue or Peace Lily. It'll take alot of them, but they'll keep the air clean.

Judy in NC    Posted 07-22-2004 at 12:13:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I certainly am no expert on this matter, but it is my understanding that many of the materials used in the construction of these homes emit formaldehyde and many other VOC's (volatile organic compounds) into the air. This is particularly pronounced in the odor in a brand new manufactured home.

In a four year old home, you would usually only notice this if the home had been vacant and closed up for at least a short time - a few days to a week or longer.

I have had success treating this odor with a particular air purifier that actually treats an entire home (up to 3000 sf) and rids the home of microbials (bacteria, mold, viruses), and particulates (floating matter) as well as gaseous pollutants - odors (including volatile organic compounds - VOC's in this case).

To my knowledge, it is the only air purifier on the market that covers all three of the types of air pollutants.

I hope this posting is not out of order, and please censure/delete it if it is - but I do know this product to be effective for this use.

Please email me if you have questions.

Judy in NC

Peanut    Posted 07-22-2004 at 12:04:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
I noticed that in a couple of older mobile homes I looked years ago. I was told that some manufacturers used chlorophyl (spelling?) in the glue. It is supposed to wear away over time but it sure was strong. Kind of made my stomach turn over.

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