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Old 09-06-2011, 09:58 AM
 
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Any advice as how to reduce new house offgassing? Construction was completed a few months ago, but chemical fumes still make us dizzy, fatigued, cause respiratory issues in children. How long does it usually take for a new construction to reduce offgassing, should we consider moving elsewhere for a period of time? Is there something we can do, like sealing the paint or floor finishes with some hypoallergenic sealants?
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Old 09-06-2011, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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Products in homes are offgassing for years, but the worst happens within the first few weeks. Sealants won't help you as they are chemical compounds as well. They obviously didn't use products without VOC's in them.

The best thing you can do is get a lot of fans and open your windows every day. Run the fans every day to push the fumes out of the house. Also check the humidity in your house as some of the products that contain formaldehyde will be worse at higher humidities.

If you ever buy new construction again, require that they use products without VOC's in them. They cost more, but are totally worth it IMO.
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Old 09-06-2011, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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You know repainting the interior with VOC free paint might help to control the offgassing of the paint in the house better. But I am sure your flooring is offgassing as well. I'd consider replacing the flooring with VOC free flooring before moving elsewhere and paying rent and mortgage. It would probably be a wash in cost anyway.
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Old 09-06-2011, 10:57 AM
 
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You know repainting the interior with VOC free paint might help to control the offgassing of the paint in the house better. But I am sure your flooring is offgassing as well. I'd consider replacing the flooring with VOC free flooring
Sounds like a good idea, we might try that.
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Old 09-08-2011, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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Ventillate the place with a whole house fan for a few weeks before moving in. Sleep in a tent in the back yard if you have to. No wonder I like old farm houses.
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