Smells as of March 20, 2013
One of the potential disadvantages of living in a multidwelling
building is getting to share smells. Unpleasant odors effect our
quality of life. Fortunately, the Summit has none of those regular
odors you find in some less well maintained buildings. Still, residents
may occasionally face some situations..
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1. Is it coming from the hallway?
Best solution -- Improve the weatherstripping on
your doors to stop
the movement of air from the hallways. This can be an effective and
very cheap solution. But, this approach is useless
unless you seal both your entry and A/C closet doors. It seems best to
use foam weatherstripping on the hinge side of door and folding
weatherstripping in the wider opening on the other sides. If properly
applied this can stop most air from the hallway entering your unit even
with your windows
open. Proper door weatherstripping can also decrease your A/C
Partial solution -- Close all your windows. This only works, somewhat, if you
have well sealed windows. Most of our building's original windows are no longer well
sealed. Further, all the vents in the bathrooms
and kitchen will still allow some air to vent out and so air and smell to enter from the hallway.
If the smell lasts for a while or gives you any other reason for concern, please report it the office.
2. Is it REALLY foul and coming from a wall near a bathroom?
Call the office and have our Maintainence staff check.
In a 30+ old building with thousands of pipes,
sometimes a pipe or joint can get a pinhole. If this happens in just
the wrong place in one of the waste vent pipes, a really BAD smell can
enter your unit. The good news is if your problem is one of these
pipes, the Association will fix the pipe. Of course, the wall board
will have to be cut to get access. Some more good new: the Association
will fix the wallboard. Still, you will have to repaint the repaired
wallboard since anything from the wallboard into the unit belongs to
Sometimes the smell can drift from a leak in the
wall of a nearbye unit and sometimes, especially during the summer with
all the snowbirds away, it can take time to narrow down the
3. Other situations
the Summit smoking is not
allowed in any common spaces other than the two
identified smoking areas on the pool deck. If you do smoke in your unit
you may help reduce the second hand smoke you send to your
neighbors by properly weatherstrip all your doors. Still the
smell can get still travel between units so please be sensitive to your
neighbors. Of course, any smokers who throw butts off their balcony
will be fined.
Service Animals related smells: Please report
the problem to the office. All residents are responsible for damage done
to common areas, including that done by contractors, guests, renters,
and service animals.. To be fair, sometimes residents with sevice
animals may not be able to smell some of the problems their animals cause
and may need to be notified.
It is unfortunately, not uncommon as we would like for residents to
forget they left eggs boiling on the stove. After the water boils away,
the resulting smoke can fill the hallway and the smell can last for
days. To help prevent this please get a loud egg timer. If
it happens to you, PLEASE do not leave your hallway door open. PLEASE
open all your windows to let the smoke leave your unit. Of course, if
you have any concerns about a potential fire, please call 911 and
contact building Security.