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Old 04-07-2011, 09:58 AM
 
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We recently bought a home and the kitchen had been updated to a certain extent, granite countertops, brick tile backsplash, new sink and faucet and new dishwasher......however when I open up the cabinets under the sink it smells like a strong chemical/paint, I can't explain the smell but its strong........what can it be??
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Old 04-07-2011, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Could be adhesives outgassing. If so, open the cabinet doors when you are not around and give it a few weeks.
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Old 04-07-2011, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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More than likely-
It's the asphalt sound-deadening pad(s) on the underside of the sink. This is not the first time I've heard this complaint- and won't be the last.
Some sink manufacturers have gotten away from the asphalt pads and use other alternatives for sound deadening.
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Old 04-07-2011, 11:29 AM
 
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Thanks, glad to knwo where to pin point.........I am pregnant so the smell bothers me even more, going to try to throw in some baking soda boxes in there to see if it goes away if not then we will have to switch out the sink.
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Old 04-21-2011, 07:09 AM
 
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I had exactly the same issue after our kitchen was remodeled. We had a stainless steel sink installed and there was a very strong chemical type odor coming from the cabinet. After looking at everything (the wood, adhesive, caulk, AAV valve, etc.) finally found that it was the sound dampening pads on the bottom of the sink. They are made from tarry, asphalt type material and emit an odor. Not all sinks use the cheap type like this and many manufacturers have upgraded the sound dampening material to they type that doesn't smell.

I wound up scraping the sound dampening pads off and used a strong commercial type adhesive remover to get the residual mateial and adhesive used to stick them on off the sink. The sink is now louder when I run water but I will be putting some cork on the bottom and that should help.
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Old 04-21-2011, 09:36 AM
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Location: Redlands, CA
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I like stanatl's offering! If you can put your nose up to the sink and identify the insulation material as the culprit, you can encapsulate the smell with paint ( maybe alkyd if you feel that acrylic won't stick).
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Old 04-22-2011, 10:12 AM
 
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Thanks guys, it is definately the insulation pads, I rubbed them with my hands and smelled it and yuck the smell was definately coming from there, we put baking soda boxes under the cabinets and closed them up. When we move in, if it still smells then we are scraping them off or painting over them. I promise that smell has got to be harmful in some way.
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Old 05-23-2011, 02:23 PM
 
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The smell is driving me nuts, I refuse to open any cabinets that are under the sink and that connect to it................should I just scrape the pads off?? I feel like any dishes that have been in contact with this smell are unsafe......can this smell be harmful?? the off gasing of this material used is ridiculous!! ugh
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Old 05-23-2011, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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I think you have been given options as to remediation- the rest is up to you.
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Old 05-23-2011, 09:25 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL, USA
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Activated charcoal is supposed to soak up smells. Try putting some in a pan and placing it under the sink with the doors closed. They sell it in pet stores for aquariums and ponds, but they make products just for odors.

How well is your house ventilated? Perhaps a window fan in a kitchen window will help.

Does activated charcoal stop smells? | Answerbag
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